First time author and yoga teacher, Benjamin Lorr, published “Hell Bent:  Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga” in 2012.

If you have not read this book, it is great insight into competitive yoga, but even more so into the world of Bikram yoga and into Bikram Choudury himself.  Benjamin Lorr took the Bikram teacher training and provides a detailed description of what transpired in the nine weeks of total immersion to learn Bikram yoga, including memorizing dozens of pages of scripts that must be used when teaching a Bikram class.

A mostly even-handed look at Bikram and competitive yoga through the majority of the book, it is a fascinating read.  The one concept throughout the entire book that Lorr did not explore was that of ahimsa.

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