This Friday night—and every second Friday of the month, actually—Bikram Yoga Philadelphia hosts Bikram Beats, a donation-only yoga class taught to tunes hand-picked by instructor Robyn King. Friday night plans where yoga gear is considered appropriate attire? Uh yes, please.
In today’s totally mind-blowing news: A study found that yogis burn the same amount of calories during a Bikram class—a 90-minute yoga class where a series of 26 poses is done in a 105-degree room—as they would on a brisk walk. If you just face-palmed thinking about all the times you’ve proudly walked out of class, dripping with sweat, and thought, I totally deserve pizza tonight! I just burned AT LEAST 1,000 calories!, trust me, you’re not alone.
Bikram Choudhury, founder of the über-popular Bikram Yoga, has been in hot water lately. In the past year, Choudhury’s been hit with five accusations of sexual assault and rape by women who attended his teacher trainings. Just last month, Vanity Fair published a scathing exposé revealing what really goes on at these two-month long sessions. (Hint: They aren’t nearly as zen as one might think.) And now, there’s this: On Tuesday, ABC’s Nightline interviewed three of the women who’ve brought charges against Choudhury.
What these women have to say about the yoga master is not pretty. Watch for yourself.