Yoga Buzz: Yoga Sequences Can’t Be Copyrighted

This just in from Yoga Buzz, a blog on

Bikram Choudhury can no longer claim to hold a copyright to the popular 26-pose sequence thanks to a federal court ruling, putting an end to an issue that’s been debated in the yoga community for decades.

“Even if the manner in which Choudhury arranged the sequence is unique, the sequence would not be copyrightable subject matter because individual yoga poses are not copyrightable subject matter,” wrote U.S. District Judge Otis Wright in his December 14 ruling, as reported by Bloomberg. Wright added that it is possible to hold a copyright on works such as books, DVDs, and photographs, however.

via Yoga Sequences Can’t Be Copyrighted.

What implications might this have for copyright issues that might arise in the Anusara diaspora, I wonder?


About Richard Hudak

I am Senior Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I have been a practitioner of Anusara™ yoga. I have completed 200 hours of teacher training within its diaspora community, consistent with its philosophy and alignment principles.
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