Vancouver woman sues hot yoga guru, Bikram Choudhury, for alleged sexual assault

Global News

TORONTO – A Vancouver woman has filed a lawsuit against famed yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, alleging he sexually assaulted her in 2010 during a training course in Las Vegas.

According to the lawsuit filed in California Superior Court on Feb. 13, Jill Lawler alleges she was “preyed” upon by Choudhury, 69, and that she  was “repeatedly sexually assaulted, raped and harassed” while attending a nine-week intensive yoga instructor training course that cost her $10,000.

Choudhury is the famed guru behind Bikram yoga, a style combining 26 yoga postures performed in a sweltering room heated to 40 C. The popular style quickly spread around the world with more than 650 studios bearing his name. He runs Bikram’s Yoga College of India and has developed a following of millions worldwide, including celebrities like Beyonce and Madonna.

Lawler has become the sixth person to file a lawsuit against Choudhury claiming rape or assault.

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