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Yoga poses inspire interiors of Dublin’s The Space Between – Dezeen

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A relaxing yoga pose informed the serene aesthetic of this exercise studio in Dublin, Ireland, created by local studio Jordan Ralph Design.

Located beside the waters of Dublin's Silicon Docks, The Space Between includes two yoga studios, a tea shop, and hosts a roster of events throughout the week.

When it came to developing its interiors, multidisciplinary studio Jordan Ralph Design aimed to create a "secular yet spiritually engaging" space that would draw in both yoga aficionados and those visiting for the talks, workshops or film screenings.

The studio was loosely inspired by shavasana a pose typically done at the end of yoga session to relax participants, who must lie flat on their backs with arms and legs spread to the side.

"I wanted the space to resonate with shavasana, and give a person a sense of calmness and grounding through the visual and physical elements in the space," said the studio's eponymous founder.

"In the digital age, beautiful, honest, well-designed spaces are more important than ever."

One of the studios, named Now, has therefore been finished with anthracite-coated surfaces and black wooden floors to foster a cosy, cocoon-like ambience.

This space will be specifically dedicated to hot yoga and meditation sessions.

The other studio, named Here, has been completed with calming white walls, inbuilt with gridded shelves that display potted plants and store yoga equipment.

Pale oak floorboards run throughout, while huge skylights have been punctuated in the gabled ceiling to keep the space filled with natural light.

Concertina doors that run along the periphery of the room can be pushed back to open up the space to the teashop, which features cloudy grey walls and slate-coloured bench seating.

The teashop sits directly next to the studio's reception area. It's anchored by an angled ashwood counter and features a circular ombre mirror created by Dutch artist Tjimke De Boer, which fades from blue to deep pink.

"The idea was for it to represent a portal into the space between," explained Ralph of the mirror choice.

Changing facilities are accessed via a corridor that's inbuilt with a 24-metre-long bench, a feature that the studio likens to a "backbone".

A "vertical garden" has also been created on the wall, composed of a series of greenery-filled planters.

Other design-focused yoga studios include Warrior One, which design studio Golden completed with a sisal-covered ceiling, woven-grass partitions and earth-toned furnishings.

There's also Humming Puppy, which architect Karen Abernethy designed to offer a complete sensory experience.

Photography is by Agata Stoinska.

Project credits:

Interiors and fit-out design: Jordan Ralph Design Architect: David Leyden Contractor: Kenny McDonagh Joinery: Billings & Brew

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Find the right yoga class for you and reap the physical, mental benefits – Napa Valley Register

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Jordan Behrman is a lead yoga instructor at Calistoga Fit, seen here atAuberge Resort. There are opportunities to try different kinds of yoga at Calistoga Fit.

With everyones busy schedules, it can be hard to accomplish everything on ones to-do list, and some to-dos may fall through. And while exercise is on many peoples list and does get accomplished, yoga can be forgotten about. However, there is a reason why professional athletes take time out of their schedule to make room for yoga, and Calistoga Fit suggests yoga for everyone.

Yoga has many different practices. Whether you need a good stretch, stress relief, or a good workout there is a practice that can work for you. Beyond stretching, stress relief, and a workout, yoga can actually improve your life from within, both mentally and physically. Practicing yoga can improve body awareness, posture, coordination, and reaction time.

As you take time to hold poses, you can target specific muscles and parts of the body to work and increase your own knowledge on your body and what it can accomplish. Yoga can also increase flexibility, range of motion and spinal movement.

If youre working on rehab for your body or just getting over an injury, and have the clearance from your healthcare provider, try a yoga class and let the instructor know what injuries youve sustained and they can arrange a practice that will be beneficial for your specific needs. Because yoga has many different practices you can go from gentle and rehab focused yoga to a full body workout class. As you practice more and move on to more difficult practices that challenge you physically, you can build up your strength and achieve lengthened, slender muscles.

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New Spin to Yoga Coming Soon to Burke – Virginia Connection Newspapers

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In March, YogaSix, a new kid on the block yoga-wise, is scheduled to open in Burke, introducing six different varieties of formats and adding a

variety to the fitness craze that made the Downward Dog, a household phrase.

Its fun, modern and accessible to all, said Darren Nilsen, the co-owner of the new studio along with his wife.

YogaSix will be at a location on the Burke Centre Parkway, and one of several Yoga Six studios that the Nilsens are opening in this area over the next few months. The others will be in Tysons, Ashburn, Gainesville and Reston.

Yoga Six is a nationwide chain of yoga studios where the teachers have been trained in the YogaSix methodology to provide a consistent but creative experience for each class type every time. They teach in a way that is easy for everyone to follow and understand. Our expert staff will help you find the right class to help you achieve your goals, their website states.

There are many yoga places in Fairfax County, but Nilsen feels the Yoga Six approach to teaching is needed. People are looking for a different form of yoga, a milder approach, he said. Their yoga and fitness classes address the complete needs of the body in movement and intensity to conquer plateaus, continually progress, and repair itself, their literature states. Were about treating yoga as fun, he added.

It seems like everyone does yoga but Nilsen said that only eight percent of the population practices yoga, so that leaves 92-percent of the population that doesnt practice, so there is room for more studios, he thinks.

Nilsen is an alumna of South Lakes High School in Reston and wasnt too impressed with yoga when he first tried it, but grew to like it after he used it as a treatment for a pulled hamstring in his leg. His doctor recommended it as treatment, and now he practices regularly. One of his instructors is fellow South Lakes alumna Christiane Popperwell, who reunited with Nilsen through Yoga Six. She was blown away by the idea and wanted to be part of it, he said.

The Burke location suits Popperwell too. We are hoping to reach the very first timer and the experienced yogi as well to build a strong yoga community in the Burke area," she said.

The six core classes they offer are Y6 101, Y6 Restore, Y6 Slow Flow, Y6 Hot, Y6 Power, and Y6 Sculpt and Flow. The hot yoga doesnt have the 90 minutes of rigid poses like Bikram Yoga, but there are different levels of heat and lots of sweat.

Yoga training classes are available as well.

When it opens in March, the address is: YogaSix, 5765 Burke Center Parkway, Burke.

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Illinois group using art, yoga to ween foster kids off psychotropic meds its working, they say – Alton Telegraph

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Illinois group using art, yoga to ween foster kids off psychotropic meds its working, they say

SPRINGFIELD A nonprofit foster organization spent 2019 offering traumatized teenage youth in care alternatives to psychotropic medication and the group said the approach is working.

In 2016, there were 53,898 children that, at one time or another, entered into foster care in Illinois, according to a 2018 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigation. Of those, 10,109, or 18 percent, were prescribed psychotropic medications at a cost of more than $10.7 million to the federal government.

ChildServ, a nonprofit dedicated to building better lives for children, offered foster children in its three group homes access to therapeutic activities such as art, equine and drama therapy, yoga, meditation and others in an effort to avoid over-reliance on prescription drugs.

Some people may just think its easier, said Dan Kotowski, ChildServ president and CEO, of the high prescription drug rate in foster children. But, as we say all the time, what would you do for your own children? If your child was 3 years old and had behavioral issues, would you prescribe them an antipsychotic medication?

He gave a number of examples of these foster children who, after some time in their activities, were better able to process how past traumatic experiences affected them. Thats seen as a key step, Kotowski said, to making positive changes.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has jurisdiction over many of the youth-in-care Kotowski described. He said his organization has been in contact with the department about the possibility of adopting a similar approach statewide.

DCFS would not respond to requests for comment about the states role in prescribing psychotropic medications to children.

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Mother of girl killed by drunk driver uses yoga to help others struggling with loss – Bend Bulletin

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Its nearly as dark outside the yoga classroom overlooking the Deschutes River as it is inside, where Sarah Peterson takes a deep breath, holds it and exhales.

Reach up like youre reaching out to the heavens, the instructor tells Peterson and the yoga class. Like youre bringing in the love and the energy from the person you lost, and bring it into your heart.

Its been three years and five months since Peterson watched her 2-year-old daughter, Marley, die in a horrific wreck outside Sisters, and three years since Petersons father, Jim, died unexpectedly.

No, she hasnt healed. No, she isnt doing OK. Grief is a part of her life that wont go away.

But Peterson has found ways to cope.

Heals not a word in my vocabulary anymore, Peterson said. I dont think Ill ever heal from Marleys death, but I will integrate my grief. Its learning to live with it and enjoy the things that I still have, which are many, but also theres room for my deep and everlasting sadness.

Peterson formed Clear Mourning, a nonprofit with a yoga-focused outreach so others struggling with loss can benefit from what shes learned. Its a small, but sincere effort: the twice-a-month yoga class and a fundraising effort to provide massages to those suffering from grief.

Grief is the human condition, so really, were all dealing with grieving people, she said.

Two years ago in Deschutes County Circuit Court, Peterson screamed in the face of her daughters killer, David Fincher, at his sentencing, her words echoing off the walls of a packed courtroom.

Fincher was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter for the death of Marley, whom he killed in a drunken driving collision on the morning of Sept. 11, 2016.

You killed my baby! Peterson shouted at Fincher, serving a 23-year prison sentence.

These days, Peterson seems calm, and focused.

This is me, the true being, she said last week at a space at the Oregon State University Co-lab in Bend. My grief looked a lot different back in 2016. What you saw those days was a mother facing her daughters killer.

For a long time after her daughters death, Peterson didnt do anything, she said. Some days she would cry so hard, she threw up. One day, though, Peterson decided she wanted everyone to know how she felt, prompted by a feeling that there just wasnt enough black in my closet, she said.

She asked an artist friend to draw her a black, dead heart she could put on a shirt and wear all the time. A longtime hospice nurse, shed seen many families express a similar desire to wear something, like an armband or a veil, that let others know theyre in grief.

The artist created an image of a broken heart, which has since become the logo of Clear Mourning.

In the Clear Mourning yoga class, participants are encouraged to be fully present. In the process, theyll get more in tune with their bodies and, eventually, their emotions, according to instructor Nancy Lumpkin.

As a member of the OSU Co-lab, Clear Mourning has access to the OSU classrooms in the shared workspace, with impressive views of the lush Deschutes below.

Its a free class. The idea is to reach people who wouldnt usually do yoga, like another effort by Namaspa yoga teachers who work with senior citizens and with inmates at the Deschutes County jail.

Getting people into their bodies can also help get them in touch with their emotions, Lumpkin said.

Everyones got trauma and grief in their life. Its about allowing people to feel what they feel and let it all out, Lumpkin said. Its really focusing on creating a relationship with your grief.

Peterson started attending classes at the Namaspa yoga studio in Bend, which she first began going to in 2007. After losing her daughter and her father, she reflexively hid out at the studio, feeling a need to be around something familiar, around people who wouldnt stifle her grief.

Peterson wants to recreate for others that comforting feeling she got in the months after Marleys death, when Namaspa owner Suzie Newcome would let her in the back door.

Being with her friends at Namaspa, whom she called her tribe, was huge for Peterson.

I was really surrounded by a group of people whom I trusted and felt safe with, she said. I knew in those days, I could curl up in the corner and sob, and the teacher would wait for me at the end and walk me out.

Yoga isnt intended as a distraction for people in grief.

Yoga also let me be in the present moment, which also allowed me to feel closer to Marley, she said. I wasnt scared about the future and I didnt have anxiety about the past.

Its not easy to know what to say to someone in Petersons position.

One time, Peterson was in class with an instructor who told his class to breathe deep and reflect on how lucky they are to live in Bend.

Peterson wasnt having it. The comment ruined the class for her. She told the instructor afterward, Im the unluckiest person you know.

Another time, Lumpkin saw Peterson in the studio and asked an innocent-seeming question, just checking in: How ya doing?

Peterson was not well. Her spirit was broken and that day had been particularly hard. She told Lumpkin, Give me some space.

To Peterson, questions like How are you? put grieving people in the position of being brutally honest, or lying about how they really feel.

A much better question is, How is your spirit? she said. That way I dont have to say Im good or Im bad. I can speak to the true nature of my spirit.

Hearing Im sorry for your loss is fine, but what Jason Peterson, Sarahs husband, enjoys more is when someone shares a memory of Marley. Or how something happened the other day, and that person thought of her.

Just hearing her name is nice.

Dont be afraid to approach and talk about the loss its huge, he said. I find that so few people are willing to talk to me and engage about the loss. Even my closest family and friends dont do it as much as Id like. Thats the biggest thing dont let those memories go untold.

Often, the most helpful thing a supporter can say to someone in grief is nothing.

To listen another soul into a state of disclosure is quite possibly the greatest gift, Sarah Peterson said, quoting author Douglas Steele. Its not about having a response or an answer, or about fixing anything, its about listening and saying, Im here with you and Im not going away. Do what you need to do. Youre not by yourself.

Through all her loss , Sarah Peterson has learned it doesnt get easier. There are ups and downs, and an understanding there will more be dark days ahead. But how is her spirit?

My spirit these days is growing and strong, Peterson said. My spirit is being pieced back together into a brand-new shape.

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Youngest yoga instructor in Buffalo is helping people find their balance – WKBW-TV

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) At just 16-years-old, Eric Heard is the youngest yoga instructor in Buffalo.

He was first introduced to yoga seven years ago at summer camp. You wouldn't know it now, but he says he hated it as first! Once he realized the mental challenge and how great it made him feel, he was hooked.

"If you're struggling in school it helps you focus," Heard said. "If you're struggling in your career it helps you there."

Heard has made it a passion of his to spread yoga to others. He introduced the exercise to his grandma Diane Rose and his cousin Daijanae Price.

Through a nonprofit Yogis In Service, all three were able to have a fully-funded trip to Africa to become certified teachers.

"My goal is to teach yoga and to help people who don't really get to have yoga," Heard said.

Heard hosts free classes at the Delavan Grider Community Center every week. You can find a schedule to free yoga classes here.

He's hoping to inspire more young people to find their own balance. Eric, Diane and Daijanae are raising money to head to India for another yoga learning trip. They hope to raise $7,000 to be able to go to the "home of yoga" and come back to teach more free classes and classes at summer camps. They have a GoFundMe set up here where you can donate.

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Branson targets younger cruise crowd with DJs, tattoos and yoga – Reuters

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DOVER, England (Reuters) - British entrepreneur Richard Branson heralded his first cruise ship Scarlet Lady on Friday as targeting a younger generation of holidaymakers with a range of attractions that he believes will outweigh any fears around coronavirus.

Despite the unfortunate timing, with passengers on one ship quarantined in Japan after hundreds caught the virus and another turned away by five countries over fears someone on board may be ill, Branson sees cruises as a growth area.

In an event at Dover, southern England, to promote the first of a planned four-strong fleet, the 69-year-old said Virgin Voyages ships would offer a boutique hotel-type design with a festival environment, complete with sundeck yoga, a tattoo studio and vinyl records store.

Branson told Reuters Scarlet Lady would be based in the United States and Caribbean, meaning he did not expect it to be hit by any fallout from the coronavirus crisis. The virus originated in mainland China and has killed more than 2,000 people.

Obviously what happened in Japan was horrendously unfortunate, he said. (But) I think the longer-term impact will be negligible. I think the fact that were going out of America means that I dont think well suffer. People are booking as much as theyve ever booked right now.

Branson, one of Britains best-known businessmen, launched his career in the 1970s in records before expanding into airlines, banking, TV, healthclubs and space.

He has worked with Tom McAlpin, chief executive of Virgin Voyages and an industry veteran who previously ran the Disney Cruise Line, to develop a service he says will have a lower environmental impact than most.

Virgin Voyages says it is one of the first cruise lines to use Climeon, a technology that generates electricity from the heat of the ships engine to reduce demand for fuel, and will also purchase carbon offsets.

Single-use plastics are banned, and it is shunning buffets, leading to less food waste as well as avoiding the staid imagine of formal cruise dining. We will be the first fleet that is going to be carbon-neutral from day one, McAlpin said.

He also believes the industry will bounce back.

If you look at the industry and how resilient it has been in the past, when theres been challenges, it has come back quite rapidly, he said. Were doing everything we can, taking precautions above and beyond.

Demand for cruising holidays has leapt over the past decade, with some 32 million passengers expected to set sail in 2020, a figure that has almost doubled since 2009.

The United States is the biggest market for passengers, with the Caribbean and Mediterranean the most popular destinations for the leading 55 cruise lines that are led by Carnival (CCL.N), Royal Caribbean (RCL.N) and Norwegian (NCLH.N).

Like other Virgin brands, Bransons Voyages line will target younger tourists with spas, a gym, 20 restaurants, DJ sets, drag queens and a running track. Children are not allowed. He is starting with four ships but could expand further.

We have one advantage which is that with Virgin weve got millions and millions of people who use our products, Branson said, adding he had never previously wanted to go on a cruise ship.

I wanted to see if I could test our teams to create the kind of cruise ship that myself and my friends would like to come on. I think that theyve pulled it off, he said.

Built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Scarlet Lady will host 2,770 passengers and 1,160 crew. She will sail to Liverpool and then to New York and Miami before her inaugural passenger voyage around the Caribbean in April.

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Yoga Hive Philly brings exciting twist to exercise – South Philly Review

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Yoga Hive Philly co-owner Gina Durante (left) holds a goat at a recent event. (Contributed photo)

At a young age, Gina Durante knew she wanted to be a business owner.

A business that involves a combination of alpacas, goats and exercise might have been a stretch at the time, but Durante and partner Heather Bonato have made an impact with their creation called Yoga Hive Philly.

We actually both started out in the corporate world, said Durante, who grew up in Medford, New Jersey and recently moved to Queen Village in South Philadelphia. We were both miserable working a nine-to-five and we both had a passion for owning a business, so we decided to open up a yoga studio. The wellness world was booming, and we just thought to open something that would be good in the area.

Yoga Hive Philly was born.

Durante and Bonatos business specializes in yoga events, animal yoga, outdoor and rooftop yoga, and unique wellness events. Having animals like goats and alpacas on site allows students to learn yoga at their own pace and it offers a feeling of comfortability to newcomers.

People that would not normally go to a yoga class might tend to come to something they feel more comfortable with, Durante said. Goats and alpacas are very calming creatures. And its kind of interesting to see them watch the poses and the people. Its a really good mind-body connection between the people and the animals. They both love it.

Yoga Hive Philly started with a storefront on East Passyunk Avenue but the business has since migrated to rotating locations for different events to help keep costs down.

Right now, were focusing on our events and festivals and coming up with new and exciting ideas for people in the area, Durante said.

One of those ideas is a Rooftop Yoga and Bottomless Mimosas event in Queen Village, which has sold out on all three dates that were listed. The next big event is the Goatchella event with goats and alpacas, which will be held at the East Passyunk Community Center at 1025 Mifflin St. on May 3.

Tickets are $45, and time slots are available at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at yogahivephilly.com. Students need to bring a yoga mat and a camera for some fun selfies, if desired.

Its a really fun event, Durante said. The animals like to watch and after the class, all students have an opportunity to go take pictures with the animals and pet them and ask questions about them.

Goats and alpacas are brought in from Tabernacle, Burlington County, New Jersey from Grazing Goat and Nash Hill Alpacas. The animals arent shy to take selfies for Instagram, and a portion of the proceeds is donated back to the farms.

The actual yoga instruction is left to the professionals, as Durante and Bonato hire instructors to teach the class, giving the duo more time to manage the business end of the company.

Neither one of us are big yogis, Durate said. We practice and we enjoy it but we dont teach. To own a business, you have to give it your all to be successful, and it takes up all of your time.

She knows about owning a business first-hand because its in her blood. Her grandfather owned Tonys Tires of South Philadelphia on West Oregon Avenue, an auto repair and retail space established in 1971. Her father opened businesses South Philly Video in 1981 and South Philly Billiards in 1989, and her uncle opened up the popular brunch spot Green Eggs Cafe on South 13th Street, which has expanded to multiple locations.

Its always been my passion to own my own business, Durante said. I went to school for marketing and business and I love planning events and coming up with new exciting ideas.

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This Lesser-Known Yoga Practice Is Arguably The Most Accessible – mindbodygreen.com

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To practice this style of yoga at home, you'll first need to create a sequence using the over 200 different poses and 14 breathing techniques that exist in Iyengar. While you can mix and match the poses as you choose, Iyengar yoga typically starts with a meditative warm-up, followed by standing postures, and then ending with restorative, supine poses.

Many Iyengar classes also have a "peak pose" that dictates which postures you choose to practice leading up to it. For example, if your peak pose is eagle pose, your sequence may include more one-legged balancing postures to prep your body whereas if your peak pose is king pigeon, you'll want to include more hip-openers and backbends.

Unlike vinyasa styles of yoga, in Iyengar, you won't flow through poses breath to movementinstead, you'll hold them for an extended period of time. This gives you the chance to get into the correct alignment and then move deeper into each pose.

Props are also incredibly common in an Iyengar class, as they make poses more accessible for beginners. You can use blocks, straps, bolsters, and blankets to help you get into proper alignment.

Another pro tip: There are plenty of resources for practicing Iyengar at home. However, if you've never done Iyengar yoga before, it's worth taking a class at a studio first. All Iyengar teachers must undergo rigorous training and they'll be able to give you guidance and adjustments that you won't get in a home practice.

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Nearly Two Dozen Vintage Cars of ‘Hot Yoga’ Guru Bikram Choudhury to Go Under the Hammer After Being Seized in Miami – India West

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In 2017, it was reported that Bikram Choudhury was forced to turn over his entire vintage car collection and all of his franchises to his former legal adviser, who alleged in a lawsuit that the Indian American Hot Yoga founder sexually harassed her. But the whereabouts of the valuable cars was unknown.

The New York Post now reports that 22 of those high-end cars hidden in a Miami, Florida, warehouse in 2016, have been seized by authorities and will be auctioned off to pay some of Choudhurys alleged sexual assault victims.

Authorities confirmed to the Post that they quietly seized the cars in December 2019, and the lot includes 12 Rolls Royces, five Bentleys, a 1966 Jaguar M10, a 1971 Pontiac Lemans, a Ford GT40, a 1969 Murano and a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1. The rest of the collection, which includes three Ferraris and six Mercedes-Benzes, is allegedly still at large, it reported.

The estimated sales value is said to range between $800,000 to $1.5 million, and the cars will be auctioned off March 20 and March 21 at Palm Beach International Raceway, the report said. According to court documents obtained by India-West in 2017, Choudhurys driver, Kaylan Sando Panday, ordered some of the vehicles to be loaded onto a car carrier and transported out of the garage they were housed in.

In January 2016, Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, who worked as head of legal and international affairs at Choudhurys Los Angeles yoga school from spring 2011 until March 2013, won a $7 million lawsuit against Choudhury. Jafa-Bodden alleged in her lawsuit that she was wrongly terminated by Choudhury when she refused to participate in a cover-up for a rape allegation by one of his students.

Moreover, Jafa-Bodden alleged that she, too, was sexually harassed by Choudhury, who according to her lawsuit touched her inappropriately and forced her to stay in a hotel suite with him.

Choudhury further alleged in her lawsuit that after she was wrongfully terminated by her employer, she faced deportation when Choudhury withdrew her work visa, and struggled financially as a single mother.

In 2017, the California State Court of Appeal dismissed a plea by Choudhury, remanding him to pay $7.3 million to her.

The proceeds, as per the Post, will be split among Jafa-Bodden, various creditors of Choudhurys estates, and the owner of the warehouse where Choudhury stored the cars.

Arriving in Beverly Hills, Calif., from Kolkata in the early 70s, Choudhury quickly cultivated a celebrity following and built a global fitness empire that furnished him with extreme wealth. But by the 2010s, as numerous sexual abuse allegations emerged and stories of his aggressive, cult-like training environment surfaced, the lawsuits started to mount.

A warrant for his arrest was issued in May 2017 and there were conflicting reports on his whereabouts. ABC7 Eyewitness News reported Feb. 13 that Choudhury is trapped in Mexico.

The report added that Choudhurys passport has been seized and that he failed to pay a $180,000 bill at the Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel.

Choudhurys attorney told Eyewitness News that his passport was seized about a month ago, and they are in the process of gathering the funds necessary to pay off the hotel bill.

ABC7 Eyewitness News also reported that the 76-year-old is also accused of using his trademark name to market his teacher training sessions at the Acapulco resort in violation of court orders.

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