Bikram method yoga is a twenty-six asana series designed by Bikram Choudhury to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons in the proper order.
Bikram's twenty-six exercies sytematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well-being will automatically follow.
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. He began Yoga at age 4 in Calcutta under Bishnu Ghosh, brother of Paramhansa Yogananda. An exceptional student, Bikram went on to win the National India Yoga contest at age 13 and remained undefeated for 3 years. At age 17 Bikram suffered a catastrophic knee injury in a weight-lifting accident. The prognosis given by leading European doctors was that he would never walk again. Not willing to accept this, Bikram returned to Bishnu Ghosh's school for rehabilitation. It took a mere 6 months to make a full recovery. Inspired, and with Ghosh's urging, Bikram went on to open several Yoga schools of his own in India and then Japan. He has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world.
Stephen "Skip" Wolfram Stephen "Skip" Wolfram is the founder and Director of Bikram's Yoga College of India, Longwood, opened in 2001. Skip took his first class in 1998 and has been a dedicated student ever since. "I took my first class out of desperation. I suffered chronic back and hip pain from a surfing accident in 1989 that fractured my L2 vertebrae, as well an ACL replacement surgery that was not responding to physical therapy. I had exhausted all of the treatment/rehabilitation methods offered by my medical doctors and a friend suggested Bikram method yoga. After my first class I was blown away! Not only did I feel better, my whole body felt electrified, yet supremely relaxed at the same time."
Skip served in the US Air Force for seven years and traveled extensively throughout Asia as a Chinese Mandarin Linguist and earned his BA in East Asian History with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Hawaii. Skip received his certification as a Bikram method instructor in 2000 and has taught over 8,000 classes. In March of 2011 Skip had his right hip joint resurfaced as a result of lingering effects of his 1989 surfing accident. "I frequently bodysurfed at Sandy
Beach on the southeast shore of the island of Oahu. The nickname of the beach is "Breakneck Beach" and there were daily ambulance trips to take injured body surfers to the emergency room.