Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain and the Search for Something Like by Benjamin Lorr

By Benjamin Lorr

A striking research into the area of Bikram Yoga, by way of turns surprising, hilarious and enlightening. Hell-Bent explores the attention-grabbing, frequently surreal international of Bikram Yoga, a method taught to thousands by way of a really residing guru, Bikram Choudhury. Bikram Yoga is distinct from extra 'conventional' varieties by way of 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 uncommon by means of extraordinary effects - recreation stars resembling 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 quick stumbled on the yoga reinventing his existence. He used to be content material to slender 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 a trip into the unusual, notable international of aggressive yoga. Populated by way of 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 heritage, humanising its maniacal guru, and at last stepping on level on the nationwide Asana Championship to compete for glory. The end result of 2 years of study, that includes 1000's of interviews with yogis, scientists, medical professionals and students, Hell-Bent is a wild exploration. a glance on the technology 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 e-book that may not in basic terms problem your belief of yoga, yet switch how you view the delicate, inspirational power of the human physique.

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