Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India™. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India's most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of Autobiography of a Yogi).
Bikram practiced Yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh's College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement Bikram returned to Bishnu Ghosh's school. Six months later through regular yoga practice his knee had totally recovered.
Bikram later on devised the 26 postures sequence and founded Bikram’s Yoga College of India. In 1973 Bikram relocated to California and is currently based in Los Angeles.