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That’s so not zen: Yogis suing Yogis

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.

To read more about the yogi rivalry head on over to The New Yorker and The New York Times for all the sweaty details.


Amy Dunayevich

Amy Dunayevich is a third year student at Fordham University School of Law and is Fordham IPLJ's Technology Editor. Originally from the Detroit suburbs, Amy spent two years in the Peace Corps living in Eastern Europe without running water but with high-speed internet. Amy now lives in Brooklyn with her little black pug Roxanne. Although pursuing a career in the public interest, Amy finds intellectual property law to be extremely relevant, interesting, and important.