Pilates exercise and Bikram Yoga

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Joseph Pilates invented Pilates exercise in the 1930s under the name Contrology. But he never managed to trademark the name "Contrology" or "Pilates" or set up a governing body for Pilates exercise. Without a governing body, "Pilates exercise" became genericized.[1] Anyone can claim to be an expert in Pilates exercise, and there is no universally recognized accreditation for schools that train Pilates exercise instructors.[2]

Bikram Choudhury (pronounced like "chowdery") decided to avoid this generic fate for his hot yoga system by choosing a sequence of 26 poses and copyrighting the sequence as a dance. Choudhury has used this copyright in Bikram Yoga to harass other teachers of hot yoga,[3] much as The Tetris Company has used Elorg's copyright in Tetris.

BumpityBoo and his mommy are fans of Bikram Yoga.


  1. US District Court – Southern District of NY, Opinion 96 civ. 43 (MGC) October 2000 [1]
  2. "How to Become a Pilates Instructor" on eHow
  3. Farrell, Maureen (September 3, 2009). "Bikram Yoga's New Twists". Forbes.com.

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