Bikram’s Last Advanced Seminar

Bikram recently made this announcement on his website where he explains:

My Advanced Seminar scheduled for Phuket, Thailand on June 22, 2014 will be the last openly public Advanced Seminar I will be doing.  There will also be no more Bishnu Ghosh Yoga Championship after this year’s International Finals in London in May, or relationship with Bikram Yoga and any Yoga Championships for now.

He has a number of reasons for this statement including hearing about injuries people incur from advanced, that advanced class , “is more often than not dangerous (and unnecessary) for the great majority of people in this world,” and,  that it ” becomes a practice of ego, elitism, sense of false superiority, vanity — all false and fake values.”

Practicing SH2K for regionals.

Practicing SH2K for regionals.

He notes that the advanced class has its place, but that it’s really not for everyone as compared to the beginning series which is intended for everyone. He doesn’t get as specific about competition as he does about the advances series although I think if you read between the lines he is also saying that there needs to be less focus on competition (my own interpretation).

As far as what this means for future competitions, I don’t know. The regionals/nationals were sponsored by USA Yoga. USA Yoga is not technically affiliated with Bikram Yoga. USA Yoga is billed as being open to anyone regardless of what yoga tradition you practice. Of course, the five required postures are straight out of Bikram Yoga, but I’m just laying out the facts here.

So…what do y’all think about this? Do you think regional/national competitions will continue on through USA Yoga? I could find nothing on their website that responded to Bikram’s statement – which makes sense given that they are not technically Bikram affiliated. So it seems like these competitions will continue in some manner.

What do you think about Bikram’s statements regarding the advanced series?

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simone
    May 23, 2014 @ 10:16:00

    I think he hasn’t made this much sense in many, many years. Let’s hope he as well can now “live good, healthy, honest, confident lives, treat themselves and each other well, with dignity and humanity, communicate with mutual understanding” and stop abusing and molesting his female students and teacher trainees.

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  2. Martha Thomas
    May 28, 2014 @ 12:03:00

    I had a discussion with someone after class the other day and we were guessing that he’s trying to remove himself from competition. Maybe he’s trying to publicly separate himself from his wife’s USA Yoga? I hope the competitions continue. They are an inspiration to watch- its fun celebrating what fellow yogis have accomplished!

    Advanced class is definitely not for everyone! At my studio you have to be ready and get permission to take advanced class. I think my studio has a great advanced class that people feel welcome to try everything but not to show off…. but I have no idea what it’s like other places!

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    • lahall99
      May 29, 2014 @ 11:07:00

      I do think he’s trying to remove himself from competition – that is one rumor going around. My understanding is there will be no official word about going forward until after the competition in London this summer.

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    Jun 04, 2014 @ 17:07:06

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    Jun 04, 2014 @ 17:12:33

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    Aug 03, 2014 @ 06:36:46

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    Aug 25, 2014 @ 00:25:12

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    Nov 25, 2014 @ 13:13:00

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