“I want to file a patent on filing lawsuits claiming patent infringement. That way, anytime someone wants to file a lawsuit claiming patent infringement, they’ll have automatically violated my patent and I can sue them. Apple alone will make me a billionaire!”
Such was my thought after hearing some recent news stories on the ongoing patent kerfuffle between Apple and Samsung (see here and here), which reminded me of this hilarious essay, a bit of satirical prognosticating by the late, great Michael Crichton.
Funny that just about every mundane thing conceivable in science can now be patented, which throws future medical and technological innovation into jeopardy, but a discrete sequence of yoga postures performed in a certain environment cannot be copyrighted, which threatens to throw future profit for the entire fitness industry into jeopardy.
The 26 Bikram Yoga poses
I’ve attended 12 Bikram Yoga classes so far this year. Bikram is the original “hot yoga” style where students work on a set series of 26 poses in a room heated to 105 degrees and 40% humidity for 90 minutes. I got a two-month membership at Bikram Yoga Summerlin through Groupon. Below are some random reviews of BYS and hot yoga.
I love the teachers. I’ve had classes with four different instructors, and they each have their own personality that clearly shows, and they’re all very good (remember, I say this as a professional teacher myself). Bikram yoga sometimes gets criticized for having a set script for teachers to follow, but they always still pause to help people who need encouragement or correction to their form. They usually have a decent sense of humor, too. In my most recent class, a new student felt she had to leave the room—the teacher let her rest, then invited her back in. When she returned, we all applauded. Things like that happen in these classes. It was great.
Others criticize hot yoga for promoting injury, but I don’t see it. Yes, the script and teachers push people, but good for them—in general, we’re all capable of far more than we give in life. The teachers try to be sensitive to the needs of individuals, but ultimately the responsibility for not overdoing it lies with each of us ourselves. I hurt myself twice in those twelve classes, and both times it was my own fault. Nobody at BYS will harass you if you need to sit down and rest.
The facility at BYS is terrific. Continue reading