Bling Bling Guru Turns Down The Heat
File under: Gurus Clockin' Dollars
Bikram Choudhury, LA's steamy bling-bling yoga guru, has reached a settlement with the coalition of yoga studios who had challenged his copyright to sequenced yoga postures. Choudhury had been unleashing his lawyers on studios whose offerings he felt were too close to his own. Under the terms of the agreement, Bling-Bling Bikram agreed to withdraw his lawsuits against any of the studios represented by the Open Source Yoga Coalition. The studios in turn agree not to use the term 'Bikram' to describe the yoga they are teaching.
Since the judge in the case found it "almost unbelievable that a sequence of yoga positions could be any one person's intellectual property," Bling-Bling probably made the right move. He gets to keep his precious copyright fantasy, and yoga studios who employ the same ancient practices he does are off the hook as long as they call it something other than 'Bikram.'
Now he can get back to what seems to be his first love, sucking up and star-fucking in Beverly Hills, something he has already demonstrated a talent for equal to his yoga.