Bishnu Ghosh

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Bishnu Ghosh (1903-1970) was the personal guru for Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram yoga, a popular form of hot yoga. Ghosh was also the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, a world-renowned guru and author of "Autobiography of a Yogi."

Bishnu believed that the root of all disease is stress. He taught that the body's energy centers around the spine, so spinal health is key to physical, emotional and mental health. He combined weightlifting and bodybuilding with Hatha yoga practice to promote physical and mental wellness.

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Bishnu Ghosh would work one-on-one with a student, diagnosing the problem and developing a specific program to promote healing. His program was founded on the 84 yoga postures that his famous brother codified. Bikram Choudhury credits Ghosh with helping him recover from a catastrophic injury through yoga asana practice.

The school that Ghosh founded — now called Ghosh’s Yoga College and run by Ghosh's granddaughter — continues this tradition of guru-student instruction, along with the addition of group classes and Bikram yoga.

Ghosh was known for performing feats of strength such as allowing a car to run across his chest and bending an iron bar into a coil.

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