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.”
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?