The February 2011 issue of Details Magazine featured a full article on Bikram Yoga under a gasp-inducing title. The Overheated, Oversexed Cult of Bikram Choudhury, was undoubtably sold to an editor as a racy behind the scenes expose into the culture and sexlives of teacher trainees. Understandably, many of the yogis in the Bikram community have stood up to declare their disappointment and outrage at the content. At OMB we want to know what you think of Bikram’s latest press scandal.
Here is what I think…
The article describes the routine of teacher training from the perspective of an outsider, while exploring the sex lives of male trainees. And to be honest, for any guy going to training in hopes of finding a mate, the odds are stacked in their favor. I know few men who go to training and DON’T take advantage of these odds. Relationships, flings, marriages and more start at training and it is no secret. While the drastic majority of teacher trainees take to heart Bikrams “no kissy kissy…” instructions, the majority of male trainees indulge in the opportunity before them.
Some people on the Details page call for the writer to be barred from his profession as a professor while others lecture that he has missed the point of yoga. I would argue, that many of these people have missed the point of journalism.
The city of Toronto took an important step toward decreasing our use of plastics by charging for plastic bags, a year later, Bikram Yoga Toronto is following suit. As of Monday purchasing water will be $5 at the Beaches and Bloor Bikram Yoga locations. This is a move to discourage the purchase of plastic bottles and encourage students to use re-usable water bottles.
Don’t worry about being left high and dry, the studio has also installed new water filtration systems that filters water 4 times before it hits your bottle. You can purchase a liter of water for $1 and to fill styling new Klean Kanteens with the BYT logo available for $21.
Finally, join Bikram Yoga Forest Hill June 19th -20th to celebrate their two-year anniversary. All weekend there will be fruit and fabulous prizes to be won including a dinner for two at Il Mulino, all you have to do to be eligible is take class! As a part of the celebration, BYFH is offering a yearly membership for the low price of $888, get em’ while they are hot! More info here.