Last week, hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury took part in an incendiary interview on the October edition of HBO’s “Real Sports” where he was questioned by veteran journalist Andrea Kremer about the sexual assault allegations against him as well as the alleged health benefits of his revered Bikram yoga practice. Kremer also speaks to the women involved.
Here are some of the most shocking moments from the interview that have shaken the world of yoga to its core:
On hot yoga as a “cure-all”
Bikram Choudhury: I cure Parkinson’s disease, AIDS, cancer. Doctor knows very little about human body.
Andrea Kremer: You know more than doctors?
Bikram Choudhury: Million times, billion times. I teach doctors. I don’t go to doctors. Every doctor in the world, they come to me.
Bikram Choudhury: I don't eat. I don't sleep. I work 24 hours a day.
Andrea Kremer: How does somebody not eat--
Bikram Choudhury: For--
Andrea Kremer: --sleep, or--
Bikram Choudhury: That's what yoga does.