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Pranam,

This is interesting:

U.S. Patent Office said Choudhury does not hold a patent on his Bikram brand of yoga, but he ds have patents on related products. And the routine itself is protected by a copyright, and since he also holds a trademark on his sequence of moves, he controls how Bikram Yoga is marketed and sold. None of these legal protections allow Choudhury to "own" his routine -- people are still free to practice it in the park, for example. But no one can market themselves as a licensed Bikram practitioner without his OK . Despite the brewing controversy, Choudhury said he remains unfazed. He believes that rather than trying to block him from making money, India should focus on making its own profits from yoga. "Yoga is a multimillion dollar industry," he said. "How much has India made out of it? Nothing. I think they are a little bit jealous."

Bikram is still very obnoxious, and he doesn't have the power to stop you from practicing a 26 posture sequence that dates back to 2500 B.C.

Yet despite the notoriety, or perhaps because of it, Choudhury is a divisive figure in the yoga world. Indians argue that he has stolen their ancient traditions and is now profiting from them, while Choudhury believes he is entitled to protect his style of yoga since he created it. "No one in the world ds yoga the way I do -- not even in India," he said. Vinod Gupta, head of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, an electronic encyclopedia of India's traditional medicine, sees it differently. "It is not his own," said Gupta. "Those asanas were created in 2500 B.C."

Namaste,

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