By Benjamin Lorr
A impressive research into the area of Bikram Yoga, through turns stunning, hilarious and enlightening. Hell-Bent explores the attention-grabbing, usually surreal international of Bikram Yoga, a method taught to thousands via a really dwelling guru, Bikram Choudhury. Bikram Yoga is extraordinary from extra 'conventional' varieties via the intense warmth it really is practised in, an overt, virtually masochistic specialize in soreness, and the rabid materialism of its founder. it's also special through awesome effects - activity stars akin to David Beckham and Andy Murray swear through 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 quick chanced on the yoga reinventing his lifestyles. He used to be content material to narrow down and tone up until eventually a run-in with a aggressive yoga champion confident him to take his perform to the following point: to coach for the nationwide championship. So starts off a trip into the unusual, striking global of aggressive yoga. Populated via athletic prodigies, wide-eyed celebrities, scientific miracles, and predatory hucksters, Hell-Bent follows Lorr as he grapples together with his new obsession: discovering the wellbeing and fitness claims and historical past, humanising its maniacal guru, and at last stepping on degree on the nationwide Asana Championship to compete for glory. The fruits of 2 years of analysis, that includes 1000's 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 arguable perform, a narrative of greed and corruption, and a mind-bending story of private transformation, it's a e-book that may not simply problem your perception of yoga, yet switch how you view the delicate, inspirational strength of the human physique.