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**Anusara Yoga Founder/Guru Allegations of Sex, Drugs, Financial Scandal

 
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**Anusara Yoga Founder/Guru Allegations of Sex, Drugs, Financial Scandal
Very surprised I haven't seen anything on GLP relating to this right now. This is everywhere in the U.S. yoga community.






More trouble in Anusaraland. Let’s pause for a moment. Take a deep breath. Because this is some heavy shit. An anonymous tipster has sent us info that could potentially muddy the shiny, happy, image of John Friend and Anusara Inc., and shed some light on the recent flurry of exits by some of the brand’s foremost teachers like Elena Brower and Amy Ippoliti.

Up til now, we’ve had our share of poking fun at the Anusarans, their meltiness and King Melty Heart Mogul, John Friend. But if these accusations are true, they paint a whole new perspective on the innerworkings of one of the most popular yoga corporations and the possible misdoings of its grand leader.

Let us state that we don’t take this stuff lightly, and that we are simply reporting on what was tipped off to us. We do not wish harm upon the Anusaran folk or outer yoga worlds. This info was provided anonymously, and we have not spoken to any of the other people notedly involved. The claims also published at a dedicated site www.jfexposed.com.



More at link. Yogadork has a great timeline of the scandal events on their website.



[link to www.yogadork.com]
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Timeline is here.

[link to www.yogadork.com]
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Elephant Journal and Yogadork have been following this since accusations first appeared. Also google some articles from Huff Post and NY times.
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follow the money and you will find a big poop bad_smelly
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The higher you climb spiritually, the easier it is to fall.
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Very surprised by the lack of interest here at GLP. This place used to have a good spiritual following....
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LOL.

Most of the 'gurus' end up in sex scandals it seems.
We opened doors by thinking.
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I've been practicing yoga for 25 years and anusara for 6. John has great teachings of alignment for the body's "ultimate blue print". these teachings have helped me to help myself heal after a crippling injury.

the problem starts when people worship the man who shares the teachings. after all he is a man.

don't get caught up in this hype of an article from yogadork.

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I have practiced Anusara at many levels and with a diverse network of teachers. While not my favorite form of Hatha, the asanas are technically right on in terms of spinal alignment as well as methodology towards reducing the chance of injury during inversions especially.

I am sad at this turn of events in the yoga community. I myself have been a yoga instructor for 16 years and have seen more than my share of guru wanna be's , they are generally fairly transparent.

But in defense of those duped, sometimes the practice of hatha makes you feel so great, and changes your life in emotional and dramatic ways, it is easy to trust where trust is not due. We all want to believe the best in people and it is often hard to identify a charlatan .
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Yoga, like any group of authority figures, is a breeding ground for sociopaths. Swami Rama (the Himalyan Institute), Swamis Satchitananda, Muktananda and Amrit Desai were all sexual perverts and abusers.

As for GLP being spiritual in the past...I can't say. But the average blogger's mental age at this site is about 12 years old. The days of GLP being a serious blogsite for anything is long past.
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Anyone who believe or promote any form of elitist polarised or hierachal enlightement ..is completely deluded from the bipolar nature of universal reality. But hey if people want to believe and follow others..it's their free choice.
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Yoga, like any group of authority figures, is a breeding ground for sociopaths. Swami Rama (the Himalyan Institute), Swamis Satchitananda, Muktananda and Amrit Desai were all sexual perverts and abusers.

As for GLP being spiritual in the past...I can't say. But the average blogger's mental age at this site is about 12 years old. The days of GLP being a serious blogsite for anything is long past.
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Amrit Desai was not a sexual pervert. He is a truly enlightened man . Know from where you speak, no one ever accused him of perversion.....
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Surprised that Elena Brower is leaving. She is a big Anusara teacher.
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Very surprised by the lack of interest here at GLP. This place used to have a good spiritual following....
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Too many racist threads getting pinned. Glp is different now.
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I think people bashing YogaDork have "absorbed" some of the Anusara identity and therefore feel like this is partly an attack on them.

YogaDork did nothing wrong here, just reported facts as they came. If you want to see sensationalism go look at Huffington Post and other MSM articles.

I'm an avid yogi. I don't really see this hurting yoga, but mostly only hurting Anusara as a group/practice/business. It will definitely make Americans more cautious of Yogic systems and business' started by Americans.

I think it will strictly affect American studio founders because the Indian yogis who have come over have done a pretty good job!

-3Ho had some scandals in the past, but otherwise has done well.

-Ananda.org - Yoganandas place has done very well.

-Bikram

-Kripalu
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Very surprised by the lack of interest here at GLP. This place used to have a good spiritual following....
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Too many racist threads getting pinned. Glp is different now.
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Yeah it's turned into a place where people vent their rage and judgements to the maximum. Quite disturbing. Didn't use to be like this.
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Surprised that Elena Brower is leaving. She is a big Anusara teacher.
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A lot of Anusara teachers that left have started a new group. It should be listed on YogaDorks blog.
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grrrr 1 star bandits.
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Yes, Kripalu Yoga center has apparently done fine since throwing Amrit Desei out. He was sleeping with his students, that makes him a pervert. Worse yet, it makes him one who willingly used his so called spiritual authority to do as he pleased. He is in Florida now, supposedly keeping his practices to "relaxation". Enlightened? I doubt there is such a thing.

So now, just you close your eyes and pay no attention to the hand fondling your ass. Simply let go and relax.
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Were you there ? If not, you have no knowledge of what the reality was and rely upon false rumor and innuendo.

Amrit Desai had affairs, so what . He was led into an arranged marriage at a very young age and was totally within his rights over the course of many decades, in a very public position to fall for other women. There is a difference between perversion and human nature.

Your view of human sexuality is profoundly ignorant and seemingly provincial.

I imagine those at Kripalu who mandated an unrealistic ideal promoting Amrit to such a flawless status had some hand in his destruction. He is an amazing individual who has been heavily judged for and damaged for what has no basis in truth. Great men are often destroyed by those who live in fear.

If you did indeed know him or had the pleasure of his presence you would know of what I speak. No I am not a devotee, but a true admirer. I have not seen Amrit for over a decade, but his wisdom and profound enlightened nature shall be with me always. If you have not, you should seek him and find for yourself the wealth of knowledge he has to offer. An offering that can change the way you think and bring great serenity with no commitments. He is a truly enlightened soul this undeniable and an audience with him is a gift.

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