An Important Message From Angela And Michael
Change is upon us. Author Anais Nin said, “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.” We had elected to remain affiliated with Bikram Choudhury in the midst of several years of unfair business practices, law suites and fear tactics designed to force our independently owned and personally loved small business into becoming a faceless façade of a global franchise. We successfully resisted these offensives and distanced ourselves from the Teacher Training Center and the activities of Bikram Inc. We did continue to promote Bikram Yoga because the style of yoga is well known and the benefits are well documented. However, the actions of Bikram Choudhury have become excessively intolerable. We will no longer associate our studio with a corrupted corporation and its questionable CEO.
Though we are separating ourselves from the name and brand “Bikram,” our beloved yoga practice remains untarnished. It stems from a much larger ocean of knowledge, wisdom, and practice. The Ghosh lineage of Hatha yoga is an offshoot of Paramahansa Yogananda’s universal yoga teachings. Bisnu Ghosh is Paramahansa’s younger brother. He focused the physical culturing path of Hatha yoga into a safe, reliable, and effective discipline. We are the direct beneficiary of this transmission of wisdom, and we will continue to share it with you. We are thrilled to now have the freedom to teach from the entire 84 Asana series, including the 26 postures you are most familiar with.
We are committed to providing a safe place for healing and transformative growth. We are committed to continuing training for ourselves and our staff so that we provide you with the best possible attention and care. We are committed to you so that you may find the place, patience, and perseverance to do the same. We know and we live the benefits of this yoga, we see its transformative powers reflected in you every day. We are eternally grateful to you, our most direct teachers, and to the lineage of yoga as a healing practice.
Over the next few months we will rebrand our studio as Maine Hatha Yoga. We will continue teaching the All Levels 90 Minute Bikram Method Hot Yoga that we have taught since 2002. This is our core focus. We will also offer alternate classes that explore the Classic Hatha Yoga 84 Asanas and their therapeutic effects. We are blessed to serve this inspiring community.
Much love, Angela and Michael