It's supposed to be peaceful and mind-clearing, but yoga has had more than its share of sex scandals. Video megastar Rodney Yee reportedly slept with students and left his wife for one. John Friend, Anusara yoga guru, not only had sex with many of his devotees, but also founded an all-female naked Wiccan coven. So perhaps it's not surprising that Bikram Choudhury, founder of the popular Bikram style of yoga, in which the room is heated to a minimum of 105 degrees, is at the center of a scandal, too. Six women have accused him of rape and/or assault, and their suits are bringing attention to a long list of business and personal practices.
Choudhury, still is the face of his yoga empire and he admits that he did nothing wrong. “Mr. Choudhury did not sexually assault any of the plaintiffs,” said Choudhury’s lawyers in a statement. “Their claims are false and dishonor Bikram yoga and the health and spiritual benefits it has brought to the lives of millions of practitioners throughout the world.”
Do you think Bikram Yoga—which has more than 300 studios in the U.S. alone—can survive this scandal? Why does yoga seem to foster inappropriate relationships between teachers and students? Sound off in the comments.