For three consecutive years Bikram Choudhury won the coveted title of National Yoga Champion of India, after which his name was withdrawn from competition because just his presence was intimidating to the other contestants. He has been declared the best yogi of the 20th century, and he has taught in over 200 universities around the world. He has been called the world's foremost and most knowledgeable yoga teacher. His credentials have been approved by a board of forty doctors from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. On his first trip to America in 1971, he was sponsored by the American Medical Association. Bikram also won gold medals (and set records still unbroken) in weightlifting during the 1964 Olympic Games.
Shortly afterwards his knee and leg was completely shattered when a spotter failed to catch weights he had been lifting. It was then that his teacher again put him through rigorous yoga training for rehabilitation, after which he has completely healed. Since that time he has been teaching yoga all over the world. Bikram is based in Beverly Hills, California and has branches of his Yoga College of India across the United States and around the world.