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Copyrighting Yoga

on October 13, 2015

It’s been a while since I wrote about Bikram Choudhury and his legal troubles but it’s back in the news so I thought I’d write a post about it. The courts in the US have now decided that you can’t copyright yoga sequences and that he can’t stop other studios from teaching things similar to Bikram yoga.

Yoga is meant to be shared and I understand the want to protect your particular method and style of teaching but Bikram has gone too far with his protectionism. He’s basically wanting to be in control of all types of yoga in a heated room and that anyone who is anywhere near his method of practice needs to pay affiliation fees. Branding and marketing are difficult and wanting to build a brand that is recognised and that leads to you making lots of money is understandable but a bit against the yoga ideals.

I’ve never done Bikram yoga and after his comments on the court case about alleged abuse, which I wrote about here, I don’t think I will be any time soon. However I really do enjoy hot yoga and find it beneficial especially in helping to get deeper into poses so I won’t be stopping going to hot yoga classes any time soon.

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