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There are many types of hot yoga which originated from Bikram Yoga. These include Moksha Yoga, Barkan Method, etc

Ted Grand, a Bikram trained teacher, founded Moksha Hot Yoga in Canada. Moksha Yoga follows similar pricicples, however, has some major differences. In Moksha Yoga, the room is not as hot or humid as Bikram Yoga; it is not a consistant length of time; it doesn't follow a script; it doesn't follow a prescribe series of postures and the training for Moksah Yoga teachers is much shorter than the 9 week training Bikram Yoga teachers are required to attend in order to become a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher.

Moksha Yoga is a form of hot yoga that is ideal for the yoga beginner as well as the seasoned practitioner. Every Moksha Yoga class takes you through a series of strengthening and toning postures in the detoxifying calm of a heated studio. There are Moksha Yoga studios across Canada and abroad.

Jimmy Barkan, creator of the Barkan Method, a hot vinyasa series of postures. The Barkan Method also shares it roots in Bikram Yoga. Jimmy Barkan began as a Bikram Yoga certified teacher before moving on.

The Barkan Method is a style of Hatha Yoga that originated from a lineage in Calcutta, India. The Barkan Method finds its roots from this lineage in Calcutta, but also integrates postures from other styles of Yoga to create variations and even greater range of motion. The yoga classes are practiced in a heated room to stretch and strengthen various areas of the body. The practice brings vital balance and restores all systems to optimal health. Consistency will create a physical, mental and spiritual harmony that will be felt in all areas of the practitioner's life.

Bikram Choudhury Lawsuits

To date there are a total of 6 women that have filed civil lawsuits against Bikram Choudhury citing many offences from Assault and Sexual Harassment to False Imprisonment and Rape. The details of the six lawsuits can be found at, the plaintiffs are:

Pandora Williams

Sarah Baughn

Jane Doe 1

Jane Doe 2

Minakshi “Micki” Jafa-Bodden

Larissa Anderson

Jill Lawler

Stories related to Bikram Choudhury's lawsuits can be found here:

2013-04-04 - Hot, sweaty and scandalous:

2013-05-14 - Millionaire Founder Of 'Hot Yoga' Accused Of Rape And Human Trafficking:

2013-08-07 - Rape, Racism and Bikram Choudhury:

2013-08-27 - Bikram yoga founder facing allegations of rape now accused of racism, misogyny, homophobia and running his company 'like a cult':

2013-12-05 - Bikram Yoga’s Embattled Founder: The Alleged Rapes and Sexual Harassment Claims Against Guru Bikram Choudhury:

2013-12-06 - Women who accused Bikram yoga founder of rape speak out against the millionaire 'guru' after 'he forced one victim into a yoga pose during an attack':

2013-12-09 - Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury 'raped students in cult-like training camps':

2014-01-31 - Bikram yoga guru accused of rape hires former White House lawyer:

2014-02-26 - Women Suing Hot Yoga Guru for Alleged Sexual Assault Come Forward:

2015-02-13 - Bikram Yoga Guru To Face Majority Of Claims In Rape Case:

2015-02-23 - Schism Emerges in Bikram Yoga Empire Amid Rape Claims:

2015-02-24 - Bikram Choudhury: Indian yoga guru faces string of sexual assault lawsuits in US:

2015-02-24 - Bikram yoga founder, 69, hit with SIXTH sex assault lawsuit as studios begin to drop his name:

2015-02-24 - Sixth lawsuit alleging rape — this one by a Canadian — against millionaire guru who invented hot yoga:


2015-02-25 - Vancouver woman sues Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury for rape:

2015-02-25 - Yoga guru faces sexual assault suits:

2015-02-25 - Indian yoga guru Bikram Choudhury facing 6 sexual assault charges in US:

2015-02-25 - Indian Yoga Guru faces Six Sexual Assault Lawsuits In US:

2015-02-26 - Founder of Bikram hot yoga facing 6 harassment and sex assault lawsuits in Los Angeles:

2015-02-27 - Bikram Choudhury, rape allegations, and the fracturing of a yoga empire with Pernille Tjelum:

2015-02-27 - Bikram yoga founder faces new claims of sexual assault:

2015-02-27 - 6 Women Accuse Hot Yoga Founder of Sex Assaults, Groping:

2015-02-27 - Hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury faces more rape claims:

2015-02-27 - Six lawsuits accuse yoga guru Bikram Choudhury of sex assault, rape:

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