Here’s someone who thinks Bikram should have won his copyright lawsuit

Here’s a counter to what seems the prevailing idea that the Bikram sequence of yoga poses should not be able to be copyrighted: Yet the emphasis on the science of yoga doesn’t demonstrate that Bikram yoga isn’t also a highly specific form of coordinated bodily motions arranged in a particular way to produce an aesthetic … Continue reading Here’s someone who thinks Bikram should have won his copyright lawsuit

Bikram on wrong end of major court ruling

A three-person panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Bikram Choudhury in a case involving his attempt to copyright his yoga sequence. The news is out there at various outlets. Here’s Time: Bikram Choudhury, the self-styled creator of Bikram yoga, has for years threatened to sue practitioners that he feels … Continue reading Bikram on wrong end of major court ruling

Bikram responds to assault allegations

Bikram Choudhury has responded publicly to the allegations of rape and sexual assault from six of his students. Here’s a link to the CNN report (which is of course a video). It’s an exclusive, and the first time he has talked about it. The Daily Mail gives you the summary: Speaking out for the first time … Continue reading Bikram responds to assault allegations

The focus again lands on Bikram

We’ve touched on Bikram Choudhury’s troubles a few times — and it seems this story may be nearing its denouement. Bikram, you probably know, faces several rape charges, including a new one filed this month. There is now an August court date — soon enough that the New York Times just posted a story suggesting that … Continue reading The focus again lands on Bikram

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Bikram?

It looks like a tough week for Bikram Choudhury. His legal troubles — including accusations of rape — are getting a treatment familiar to the Ashtanga world: the pages of Vanity Fair. Remember that? I wasn’t going to highlight the Vanity Fair piece — a little too beyond our scope — but then I saw … Continue reading Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Bikram?

Other-yoga news: Major new lawsuit against Bikram has folks talking ‘the end’

This is a “get it on the record” post. We noted that Bikram Choudhury faces a few lawsuits and accusations of rape back in the Spring when the suits were filed. Now it has gotten a lot crazier. First, Yoga Journal put up a post about the rumblings within the Bikram world on how to pull back from … Continue reading Other-yoga news: Major new lawsuit against Bikram has folks talking ‘the end’

In other yoga news: Bikram accused of rape in pair of lawsuits

OK, enough folks are picking this up that it seems legitimately out there. According to Courthouse News Service, Bikram Choudhury has been accused of raping two students in their separate lawsuits filed this week. Both are using the same lawyer. Here’s a link to the story, which has all the salacious details you could want. These … Continue reading In other yoga news: Bikram accused of rape in pair of lawsuits

Bikram, Yoga to the People settle copyright lawsuit

This story goes back a ways, but because it is one we covered, I want to put the final bow on it. Bikram Choudhury and Greg Gumucio of Yoga to the People, once Bikram’s right-hand man, have settled their lawsuits involving whether Gumucio was infringing on Bikram’s copyright for his yoga poses. ABC News had … Continue reading Bikram, Yoga to the People settle copyright lawsuit

Quick Saturday observation: Those Bikram yogis sure looked miserable

Bobbie and I just returned from a quick Los Angeles excursion to find some good Mexican food (success! Thank you, Atwater Village), and as we were walking toward the little hole-in-the-wall spot, out the doors of a Bikram studio came a class full of students. It’s been a while since I ran against a tide … Continue reading Quick Saturday observation: Those Bikram yogis sure looked miserable

Bikram lawyer says new copyright ruling ‘meaningless’ to lawsuit

While it does appear the U.S. Copyright Office has changed its tune about whether yoga poses can be trademarked, the lawyer for Bikram in his lawsuit against Yoga to the People is saying it doesn’t matter for their debate. Robert Gilchrest points out that the Copyright Office has issued hundreds of copyrights for exercise videos. … Continue reading Bikram lawyer says new copyright ruling ‘meaningless’ to lawsuit