Many thanks to YogaDork for sharing this letter from John Friend to the community earlier today:
The last two weeks have been intensely heartbreaking for me.
I am deeply sorry for choices I made, which have caused such a firestorm of pain and suffering in our community.
I have profound grief for the damage done to our Anusara yoga community: teachers, students, and friends.
Presently, I am completing my current event in Miami, which I felt too irresponsible to cancel.
On Monday, I will be stepping down and taking a leave of absence for self-reflection, therapy, and personal retreat in order to take care of myself, and consider the next best step for myself and Anusara. Professional counselors and advisors will help me to determine the duration of my sabbatical.
Within the next 10 days, I will make a full public statement that will transparently address the entirety of this situation, and present a detailed outline of the reorganization of Anusara yoga. Also, I will be able to finally write and call individually so many friends who have been reaching out to me.
This devastating experience has profoundly impacted my heart and soul, and will serve to guide all my future actions with integrity.
For elephant journal’s coverage on the Anusara going’s on please click here.
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