Tracing from his rise in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years.

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Eva Orner
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Credited cast:
Larissa Anderson ... Self - Yoga Teacher
Francesca Asumah ... Self - Yoga Teacher
Sarah Baughn ... Self - Former Yoga Teacher
Bikram Choudhury ... Self (archive footage)
John Dowd ... Self - Former Yoga Teacher
Ann Duong ... Self - Yoga Girl
Mukul Dutta ... Self - Yogi
Micki Jafa-Bodden ... Self - Former Head of Legal Affairs
Carla Minnard ... Self - Attorney
Richard Nixon ... Self (archive footage)
Mark Quigley ... Self - Trail Attorney
Val Sklar Robinson ... Self - Studio Owner
Mandeep Kaur Sandhu ... Self - Studio Owner
Jakob Schanzer ... Self - Former Yoga Teacher
Patrice Simon ... Self - Studio Owner
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Bikram Choudhury was at the forefront of popularizing yoga in North America and around the world. An Indian immigrant with a Beverly Hills base, Choudhury was a born entertainer, known for dressing in nothing more than a black speedo and a Rolex. His teaching style was tough love sprinkled with salty language and punctuated by spontaneous bursts of singing. His followers hailed him for helping them to gain confidence, lose weight, and overcome physical ailments through his specialty of hot yoga. He built a franchise empire with hundreds of Bikram studios around the world. Filmmaker Eva Orner traces Choudhury from his rise in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years. She taps a vast trove of archival footage that demonstrates Choudhury's charm and offers clues to his dark side. She conducts extensive interviews with his one-time acolytes who now feel betrayed, including yoga devotee Sarah Baughn who brought serious charges against him ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Documentary | Crime

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Finally a doco exposing Bikram as the predator and criminal that he is
20 November 2019 | by justapeachperthSee all my reviews

I was waiting in anticipation for this documentary as someone who has been aware of the allegations made against Bikram for a few years now. As a yogi myself and someone who has been to Bikram yoga the documentary explores the benefits of his classes but also exposes the shady and disgusting and cult like way he made his empire. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of studios soon distance themselves from the Bikram brand and rebrand as simply "hot yoga". The documentary was impeccably put together and a must watch for any yogi


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator See more »

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