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A Beverly Hills yoga mogul’s set of poses and breathing exercises is not entitled to copyright protection, a federal appeals panel ruled Thursday.

In the opinion, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena found that Bikram Choudhury’s “Sequence,” described in his 1979 book “Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class,” was not a proper subject of copyright protection “because it was an idea, process, or system designed to improve health, rather than an expression of an idea.”

The sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises — ideally performed for 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees — became fodder for an appeal after Choudhury sued yoga studio Evolation Yoga, accusing it of copyright infringement for using his “hot yoga” sequence in its classes.

Choudhury’s mansion, luxury car collection and the long list of Hollywood stars who have taken his courses have been featured in numerous profiles.

Writing for the three-judge appellate panel, Judge Kim Wardlaw held that although Choudhury’s yoga routine may be especially “beautiful and graceful,” that beauty “is not a basis for copyright protection.”

A message sent to Choudhury’s legal representative was not immediately answered.

— Wire reports 

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