That’s so not zen: Yogis suing Yogis
This blog’s tech editor started doing yoga recently. Sure she’s, like, 10 years behind, but late is better than never right? Knowing nothing about yoga she started sampling different studios and even tried doing Bikram Yoga which is the 90 minute, twenty-something poses in a 105-degree-room yoga. It was difficult! It was sweaty! But mostly it was expensive (like yoga tends to be.) So she started exploring her options and found Yoga to the People, a.k.a. pay-what-you-can yoga in NYC. There she could get her zen on cheaply and often.
She started going to the many studios and trying different classes through Yoga to the People. One class in particular sounded interesting. It was called “Traditional Hot Yoga” — a 90 minute class in a 105-degree-room. Turned out, the class was basically what she had done in Bikram studios.
Because as it actually turns out, the class is the same thing. And Bikram Choudhury (creator of Birkam yoga) is not happy about it. He’s suing the founder of Yoga to the People, a former Bikram student, for copyright infringement. Naturally, Choudhury was counter-sued. And the deadline for Choudhury’s response to the countersuit is this week.