By Benjamin Lorr
A striking research into the area of Bikram Yoga, by way of turns surprising, hilarious and enlightening. Hell-Bent explores the interesting, usually surreal international of Bikram Yoga, a mode taught to thousands by way of a truly dwelling guru, Bikram Choudhury. Bikram Yoga is exotic from extra 'conventional' kinds through the extraordinary warmth it truly is practised in, an overt, nearly masochistic specialize in ache, and the rabid materialism of its founder. it's also extraordinary through remarkable effects - activity stars similar to David Beckham and Andy Murray swear via it, whereas body-conscious supermodels rave approximately its merits, 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 discovered the yoga reinventing his lifestyles. He used to be content material to slender 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 off a trip into the unusual, extraordinary global of aggressive yoga. Populated by means of athletic prodigies, wide-eyed celebrities, clinical miracles, and predatory hucksters, Hell-Bent follows Lorr as he grapples along with his new obsession: studying the future health claims and background, humanising its maniacal guru, and finally stepping on degree 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 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 booklet that may not purely problem your notion of yoga, yet swap how you view the delicate, inspirational power of the human physique.