By Benjamin Lorr
A outstanding research into the realm of Bikram Yoga, by way of turns stunning, hilarious and enlightening. Hell-Bent explores the attention-grabbing, usually surreal global of Bikram Yoga, a mode taught to hundreds of thousands by means of a really residing guru, Bikram Choudhury. Bikram Yoga is amazing from extra 'conventional' varieties by means of the extraordinary warmth it's practised in, an overt, nearly masochistic specialise in discomfort, and the rabid materialism of its founder. it's also exotic through remarkable effects - activity stars akin to David Beckham and Andy Murray swear by way of it, whereas body-conscious supermodels rave approximately its advantages, or even Prince Harry is rumoured to be a fan. Benjamin Lorr walked into his first yoga studio on a whim, obese and curious, and fast came across the yoga reinventing his existence. He was once content material to narrow down and tone up till a run-in with a aggressive yoga champion confident him to take his perform to the subsequent point: to coach for the nationwide championship. So starts a trip into the unusual, extraordinary international of aggressive yoga. Populated through athletic prodigies, wide-eyed celebrities, clinical miracles, and predatory hucksters, Hell-Bent follows Lorr as he grapples along with his new obsession: discovering the health and wellbeing claims and historical past, humanising its maniacal guru, and finally stepping on level on the nationwide Asana Championship to compete for glory. The end result of 2 years of study, that includes countless numbers of interviews with yogis, scientists, medical professionals and students, Hell-Bent is a wild exploration. a glance on the technological know-how in the back of a debatable perform, a narrative of greed and corruption, and a mind-bending story of non-public transformation, it's a ebook that won't merely problem your perception of yoga, yet switch how you view the delicate, inspirational capability of the human physique.