ESPN’s Julia Henderson on the rise and fall of yoga guru Bikram Choudhury.

Yoga May Be About Transcending the Physical, but It’s Rife With Stories of Sexual Misconduct

Yoga May Be About Transcending the Physical, but It’s Rife With Stories of Sexual Misconduct

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June 7 2018 8:47 PM

#MeToo and McYoga

The yoga world is rotten with sexual assault and harassment, and Bikram Choudhury is the darkest example of that.

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Promo art for ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast series about disgraced yoga guru Bikram Choudhury.

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Bikram Choudhury’s status as a star yoga guru gave him license to be odd (spiritual but with a soft spot for luxury cars, and always wearing a Speedo). But there was more to it than quirkiness, as sexual assault allegations beginning in 2013 basically expelled Choudhury from the United States. ESPN’s Julia Henderson practiced Bikram Yoga, before capturing the rise and fall of its founder in a five-part podcast: Bikram.

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