Bikram Yoga Founder in Hot Seat Over Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

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 Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga and creator of the famed “Hot Yoga” program popular with A-list Hollywood celebrities, is being sued by a former student who claims the 67-year-old yoga instructor repeatedly made sexual advances to her, and denied her employment when she spurned him.

According to the complaint, obtained by India-West from the plaintiff’s attorney, Sarah Baughn – who was 20 when she first began taking Bikram Yoga classes – alleged that Choudhury, over a period of four years, had made repeated sexual advances, publicly humiliated her in front of other students, and denied her employment when she spurned his advances.

“In filing this lawsuit, Sarah felt strongly that she did not want this to happen to other women,” Baughn’s attorney, Mary Shea Bagehols, told India-West. Bagehols characterized Bikram Yoga as a “fear-based organization.” Read more here.