Netflix is releasing a new documentary based on the sexual assault allegations of Yogi Bikram Choudhury, an Indian guru who brought his ‘hot yoga’ style to the masses in the west. In “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator”, which arrives on Netflix November 20th, we see his rise to fame and his cult-like organisation attracting more and more controversy. There have been multiple allegations of sexual assault, which Bikram has denied, and this documentary aims to shine a light on the stories of the women who took him down and explores the contradiction of how this healing discipline could simultaneously help and hurt so many.
BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR examines the dramatic rise and fall of the controversial founder of hot yoga, Bikram Choudhury. Arriving in Beverly Hills from Calcutta, India in the early 1970s, Choudhury quickly cultivated a celebrity following and built a global fitness empire that furnished him with extreme wealth. But by the 2010s, as numerous sexual abuse allegations emerged and stories of his aggressive, cult-like training environment surfaced, the lawsuits started to mount and Choudhury’s unorthodox teaching style became front-page news.