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The Indian yoga guru and founder of Bikram Yoga, Bikram Choudhury, is involved in a sex scandal! Former student and protégé Sarah Baughn has filed a lawsuit against him claiming that he pursued her for years and then sexually assaulted her.
According to the 29-year-old Sarah, Bikram is a hopeless pervert who despises his wife and begs his female followers to brush his hair, give him massages and have sex. Bikram Choudhury allegedly told Sarah Baughn in a bid to get her into bed:
“My wife is such a bitch, you have no idea. She is terrible to me. She is so mean. You have to save me.”
The sex-harassment and discrimination suit was filed this month in Los Angeles Superior Court, and reveals a twisted side to Choudhury, who has worked with Madonna, George Clooney, and Demi Moore among others.
Sarah Baughn said she was a fresh-faced college sophomore when she started Bikram classes, she quickly noticed something odd as her instructor would choose the most devoted students to “brush his hair and massage his body”. But she loved the classes so she continued going, Choudhury picked her as his favorite. According to the suit, Choudhury first propositioned her at a 2005 teacher-training seminar in LA. He told her:
“I know you from a past life. We have a connection. It is amazing. Should we make this a relationship?”
Horrified Sarah told her boyfriend, avoided Choudhury, and continued her yoga classes. Choudhury’s wife, Rajashree, helps run the yoga empire. The harassment continued. According to the suit:
“He pushed the star student down toward the floor after pulling her arm and leg apart and opening her body where he pressed his body into hers and began whispering sexual things [until] she collapsed into sobs.”
Sarah Baughn is a top Bikram teacher, respected yoga coach and model for Lululemon yoga clothing. Reportedly, Bikram Choudhury sabotaged her Bikram career after she refused to respond to the constant come-ons.
Baughn is also a mother of a lovely daughter, from San Francisco, California. Her parents are Steve Baughn, 58, and Delinda Baughn, 51, from Mount Vernon, WA. His brother is Michael Baughn, a Research Associate in University of California in San Diego.
According to her Etsy profile she “love(s) to be creative and help people feel better!” Find her profile here.
67-year-old Bikram Choudhury began learning Hatha Yoga poses at the age of three and won the National India Yoga Championship for three consecutive years in his teens. Bikram Yoga is a form of hot yoga performed in a series of 26 hatha yoga postures practiced in rooms heated to around 40C.
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