Rajashree Choudhury

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Rajashree Choudhury
Born (1965-05-07) May 7, 1965 (age 57)
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
founder of USA Yoga
👩 Spouse(s)Bikram Choudhury (1984-2016; divorced)

Rajashree Choudhury (born Rajashree Chakrabarti on May 7, 1965) is a Yoga Therapist and founder of the United States Yoga Federation (USA Yoga)[1] and the International Yoga Sports Federation (IYSF) [2] to promote Yoga Asana with one of its goals being the qualification of Yoga as a sport in the Olympic Family.[3]

She is known for her achievements in competitive yoga, having been the first person to win the Yoga Federation of India's National Yoga Championship in 1979 and the holder of the title for five consecutive years, and the first winner of the International Yoga Asana Championship's Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup in 1982.


Choudhury won the first National Yoga Championship held by the Yoga Federation of India in 1979, then continued to win the title for four more consecutive years,[4] and won the first Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup (between Men & Women) held in Calcutta in 1982. In 1985 she represented Mrs. India in the Mrs. World Pageant and was crowned most photogenic.[5]

Private life[edit]

In 1984 she married Bikram Choudhury and moved from India to Los Angeles, California, where she assisted her husband in creating the instructor training program for his chain of Bikram Yoga studios.[6] She is also well known for her charity work and has supported efforts such as Uprising Yoga, a program to help incarcerated youth and Team Red White and Blue, a program that helps veterans through yoga. In December 2015, Rajashree filed for divorce from Bikram citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in May 2016.[7]

See also[edit]

  • Competitive yoga


  1. "Founder of United States Yoga Federation". USA Yoga. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. "Founder of International Yoga Sports Federation". IYSF. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  3. Maria Howard (October 21, 2012). "USA Yoga Federation founder wants yoga to become an Olympic sport". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  4. Hart, Anna (5 January 2016). "How Bikram Choudhury's divorce is tearing the yoga world apart". The Daily Telegraph. "I met my husband when I was balancing my body on swords – one of the acts as part of the competition," said Rajashree, five-time winner of the All-India Yoga Championship between 1979 to 1983.
  5. "Mrs. World". Pageantopolis. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Rajashree Choudhury". Bikram Yoga. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Bikram yoga guru's wife to get homes and cars in divorce". Mail Online. May 31, 2016.

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