Bikram Yoga and the Abuse of Power w/ Mandeep Kaur Sandhu

Mandeep Kaur Sandhu was already an award winning yogi in India, but by attending Bikram Chadhury’s training school, she would be able to further develop her skills and eventually open her own studio. Chadhury changed the world of yoga in the US, with the added heat element, plus his charisma and demeanor which attracted a lot of his followers. However, Chadhury wasn’t your regular guru. Mandeep explains how manipulative, contemptuous and abusive Chadhury was to his female trainees, employees, and teachers. He would gaslight his staff and groom the women in order to get what he wanted in the middle of the night. Mandeep details how Chadhury’s sexual impropriety and abuse greatly affected his trainees; and led to his eventual downfall. Find out how Mandeep took a stand and stayed true to her own beliefs.

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Guest Bio:

Mandeep Kaur has been practicing yoga for the last twenty years. She is the founder of Mandeep Hot Yoga Center and aims to build a presence that is to be recognized worldwide. In 2007, Mandeep Kaur left for the U.S. and rented a small studio space where she trained herself with various yoga institutes and centers to gain more knowledge in different styles of yoga; before she designed the innovative series of Mandeep Hot Yoga. Mandeep strives to share her vision in new ways, she has spent over a decade crafting training programs, articulating yoga education methods, attending and participating in conferences and events; all to empower individuals to positively change themselves and the world, through yoga.


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