Bikram Choudhury

Founder of Bikram Yoga Bikram Choudhury is the founder of Bikram yoga, the sweltering practice he’s turned into an empire of hundreds of branded studios around the world. But, the empire may finally be crumbling. Choudhury is facing six civil lawsuits from women alleging that he sexually harassed or assaulted them. Most of them were students of his who had paid him thousands of dollars for rigorous yoga-teacher trainings and were dependent on him for their certification as instructors. Even his own lawyer filed a suit against him for sexual harassment, among other things, in 2013. The first suit was filed in March 2013 by Sarah Baughn, a former student, who said he sexually assaulted her after she tried for months to deflect unwanted advances from him. The latest suit was filed on February 13 by a Canadian yogi named Jill Lawler. All the women’s stories are similarly horrifying and include allegations of rape, sexual harassment, and sexual discrimination. The women allege…

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