The company owned by controversial yoga figure Bikram Choudhury has been ordered to pay more than $8,000 after three safety violations at his West Los Angeles studio. Bikram Choudhury, founder of "hot" yoga, Bikram, was charged with operating without a fire permit, failing to provide required parking for customers and operating the studio without a certificate of occupancy.
Choudhury responded that safety employees had given him a hard time since he opened the studio six years ago, and that he will re-locate some of the functions currently handled at the LA studio to Honolulu.
He courted controversy in the early 2000s for moving to copyright his sequence of 26 yoga poses. Bikram yoga is performed in a studio heated up to 105 degress.