Bikram Choudhury is the man behind the widely successful “hot yoga.”
The Hollywood fitness guru counts celebrities, royalty and even former presidents among his followers.
He came to the US in 1973 at the invitation of President Nixon, who was suffering from phlebitis or inflammation of veins in the leg.
His fitness regime became a global phenomenon, with 720 yoga schools in 220 countries.
Choudhury is now a multimillionaire, living in the Hollywood Hills with a fleet of 40 Rolls-Royces.
But now, his own protegé is turning up the heat on the yoga master, suing him for sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment.
Sarah Baughn, 29, claims she was discriminated against because she did not submit to Choudhury’s “repeated demands for sex.”
In a lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles court the 29-year-old claims the celebrity yoga guru prevented her from teaching and withheld an international championship title that she had been awarded.