Bikram began learning Hatha Yoga poses in his native India as an infant.
At age 4, he began studying with Bishnu Ghosh (Paramahansa Yogananda's brother) and quickly became a yoga champion. At age 13, he was the youngest contestant ever to win the National India Yoga Competition.
At age 14, Swami Sivananda declared him "YogiRaj" (King of the Yogis).
In his late teens, a weightlifting accident crippled Bikram and leading European doctors said that he would never walk again.
Not accepting their diagnosis he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh's school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knees, it was his teacher. Six months later, his knees had totally recovered.
Bikram was asked by Ghosh to start several yoga schools in India. During this time Bikram perfected his comprehensive system suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. The schools were so successful that at Bishnu's request Bikram travelled to Japan and opened two more.
In a United Nations sponsored research project at Tokyo University, Bikram helped doctors prove that yoga regenerates tissues and cures chronic ailments.
Bikram arrived in the United States in 1973 at the invitation of President Nixon and the urging of Shirley MacLaine. He quickly became the foremost yoga teacher in the west as students began to flock to him.
Since that time he has been healing thousands of students at his school in Los Angeles and travelling the world extensively, bringing the benefits of Bikram Yoga to millions of students worldwide.