Yoga Guru Claims Rights in Yoga Position and Teaching Style

March 2004


Bikram Choudhury, a former weightlifter who devised his own method of teaching and practising yoga is being sued in the San Franscisco Federal Court by a number of his yoga schools over his assertion that he owns copyright and trademark rights in his teachings and a number of postures. They caim there can be no rights to traditional postures and teachings. Mr Choudhury has written to a number of his franchised yoga schools alleging them of violating his intellectual property right by deviating from his strict teachings and employing instructors who were not trained by him.

Source: The Guardian, 9 February 2004

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