Yoga to the People

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Yoga to the People is a chain of United States-based yoga studios which offer free or donation-funded yoga classes to any kind of student, including casual yoga practitioners.


Yoga to the People has a business model that tries to provide classes to all people regardless of their ability to pay.[1] Yoga to the People founder Greg Gumucio modeled the cost model after the ideas of yoga teacher Bryan Kest.[2]

The studio in East Village, Manhattan has eight classes a day with up to 150 people in attendance at a time between the different rooms, and is sometimes at capacity.[3]

Copyright claims on Bikram Yoga[edit]

Copyright claims on Bikram Yoga are the claims made by Bikram Choudhury that his yoga practice, Bikram Yoga, was under copyright and that it could not be taught or presented by anyone whom he had not authorized. Bikram began making copyright claims on Bikram Yoga in 2002.[4] In 2011 Choudhury started a lawsuit against Yoga to the People, a competing yoga studio founded by a former student of Bikram's and with a location near one of the Bikram Yoga studios in New York.[5] As a result of that lawsuit, the United States Copyright Office issued a clarification that yoga postures (asanas) could not be copyrighted in the way claimed by Bikram, and that Yoga to the People and others could continue to freely teach these exercises.[6]


  1. ^ Steele, Rachel (11 February 2010). "Yoga To The People in New York City (aka Yoga With A Lot of People). | elephant journal". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ Seniff, Juliet (2014). "yoga to the people, by the people, for the people". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ Hughes, Kathleen A. (16 February 2015). "Crowded Classes Test the Zen of Yoga - WSJ". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  4. ^ staff (17 June 2004). "Face value: The litigious yogi | The Economist". Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Bikram Sues Yoga to the People". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 121 / Friday, June 22, 2012 / Rules and Regulations" (PDF). U. S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 9 February 2013.

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