Bikram began studying yoga at the age of 4. His guru was Bishnu Ghosh, the brother of wellknown Yogananda Paramhansa (author of Autobiography of a Yogi). By the age of 12 Bikram was the youngest national champion of India, holding the title 3 consecutive years.
At the age of 17 he injured his knee during a weightlifting accident. Doctors said he would never walk again. With the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26 pose series, which restored his health. Quickly he established his reputation as an expert yoga teacher with this system.
This system was modified for western culture to address common problems such as job stress, overeating, bad posture and fast-paced lifestyle. Bikram formulated the series to use the benefits of yoga to alleviate the symptoms of chronic ailments. He has since spread the practice of his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world for over 30 years.