by Michelle Marchildon on May 16, 2013
Whenever I travel or teach in foreign places, like Canada, or Boulder, people want to know the same thing: Why do I write for elephant journal? When I published “Finding More,” I thought the public may want to know if it was true (yes). And when I published “Theme Weaver,” I thought they may want [...]
by Michelle Marchildon on Apr 1, 2013
Darren Rhodes, international yoga teacher and asana model for the style formerly known as Anusara, was the first major teacher to leave the school in 2012 along with Christina Sell. Their departure sent shock waves through the community, and ultimately the fastest growing yoga school in the world foundered six months later. Since then, Darren [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 26, 2013
In case you haven’t heard by now, Bikram Choudhury is being sued by his former student, Sarah Baughn, who claims he sexually harassed her. Gurus and sex scandals are nothing new; Choudhury is not the first and probably will not be the last yoga guru embroiled in a sex scandal. Indeed, he joins a long list [...]
by Michelle Marchildon on Feb 6, 2013
So far 2013 is turning out to be a bit better than last year in the yoga world. For one thing, nobody—not one guru—has been caught with their yoga diapers down. That’s a relief. And it’s been a whole month! Furthermore, no schools of yoga have exploded as of yet. But what could ever match [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 22, 2013
Remember walking into the cafeteria and noticing that most of the people sitting at the tables looks remarkably like their neighbors (except your own table, of course)?
by Waylon Lewis on Dec 28, 2012
elephant awards Best Yoga Teacher of 2012: John Friend He taught us the virtues of non-theism, of finding our wisdom and bliss within, better than anyone else could have in 2012. As Suzuki Roshi said, “it is wisdom which is seeking wisdom.” [...]
by Carol Horton on Dec 12, 2012
Yoga teacher and writer Hilary Lindsay reflects on stepping outside of the box, following the path less traveled, ruminations of waking sleep, Einstein and Ann Coulter, why it’s never “just business,” and more.
by Dianne Bondy on Nov 27, 2012
Why are male yoga teachers so hot? What I mean to say is why are male yoga teachers so much more popular then their female counterparts. Why do we as women flock to their classes and seek their attention. Do they fulfill some kind of secret fantasy?
by Waylon Lewis on Nov 16, 2012
An Obama poster from 2008. The quote’s Lincoln’s. ~ ed. Constructive Criticism and Responsible Dissent is a Sacred Service worthy of Respect & Compassion. Criticism is a sacred duty. In parenting, a relationship or friendship, it’s fundamental to honest communication, fun, free-flowing love and passion. But trolling is a disservice to criticism. When I insult, [...]
by yoga 2.0 lab on Oct 25, 2012
We must stop creating yoga schools that purport to teach yoga when their corporate and spiritual bureaucracies force them to do the exact opposite.
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 15, 2012
Source: onesinglehour.tumblr.com via Wendy on Pinterest In February, the yoga world received a wake-up call and an opportunity for honest reflection. An anonymous website claimed unsavory business and personal actions by Anusara yoga founder and teacher, John Friend. What does this complex story reveal about modern yoga, celebrity culture, our own vulnerability and our personal [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 14, 2012
by Tanya Lee Markul on Oct 9, 2012
Bone to Pick with my Yoga Teacher, Shamanism & Yoga, The Negative Mind, Practicing at Home, and much more…
by Tanya Lee Markul on Oct 2, 2012
Marrying My Best Friend, Losing Weight, Yoga & Elections, Changing Your Life, , Yoga for a Peaceful Jamaica and much more…
by Erica Mather on Sep 24, 2012
Please. If you mean it, DO SOMETHING REAL. Today. Start with one thing.
by Tanya Lee Markul on Sep 24, 2012
My Student Seduced Me, Am I Yogi if Not Vegetarian?, 75-Year-Old Yogini, Walking the Path of Love, and much more…
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 22, 2012
I am sure that this statement did not rock your world: you know that everyone is different. And yet – knowing this, we somehow expect that everyone should be exactly the same when it comes to yoga practice. This is very dangerous.
by Tanya Lee Markul on Sep 16, 2012
John Friend is Back, Anusara is Dead, Office Hell to Yoga Heaven, Dirty Little Secrets, Our Writers, and much more…
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 15, 2012
Yoga teacher Alice Van Ness discusses imperfection, practice, social media, and lessons from the aftermath of getting fired from Facebook.
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 12, 2012
What is the responsibility of yoga teachers to their students? We are talking about the importance of healthy boundaries for yoga teachers and students. In this section Yoganand clarifies the roles of monks and teachers and discusses the difficulties modern yogis have in straddling both roles. The conversation started after John Friend’s dismissal as the [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 12, 2012
Some yoga teachers are uneasy about the change from the way yoga is done in India, with its heavy doses of chanting, pranayama and devotional hymns. I am not.
by Michelle Marchildon on Sep 12, 2012
Who invited John Friend to Hatha Yoga? And the Universal Principles of Hatha? What happened to Anusara anyway?
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 10, 2012
Putting our teachers on a pedestal is inevitable. We hold them to a higher standard because they are imparting transformative knowledge to us. For many serious yogis, the physical practice of yoga is just part of the appeal. The bigger draw comes from the emotional clearing, the energy release and the connection to our deeper [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 27, 2012
For the past couple of years, I’ve been dealing with shadows. There are those parts of myself disowned since childhood, as well as the shadows within others. It’s been fascinating, confusing and liberating, changing the way I see myself and every one I meet. There are many great lessons on the shadow in the film [...]
by Michelle Marchildon on Jul 31, 2012
After practicing for 15 years, I am not any better at yoga than the day I first rolled out my mat. I didn’t know anything then, and apparently, I’m no closer to enlightenment now. In fact, everything I thought to be true has been turned upside down this year. That 2012 is called “The Year of [...]
by Emma Magenta on Jul 12, 2012
by Michelle Marchildon on Jul 9, 2012
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 6, 2012
When the telephone was first invented, some people were annoyed that this technology was now able to interrupt dinner. Now the phone fits in your pocket and is also a gaming system, alarm clock and personal computer. It interrupts everything—yoga class, lunch with a friend and sometimes sleep. Maybe we’ve given it too much power. [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 3, 2012
The Yoga Voice Podcast with Lawrence Jacob Milman. I first met Lawrence during an Anusara immersion in Sydney, Australia. Lawrence was already Anusara Inspired and had been a dedicated teacher for years. What I noticed right away was how engaged and curious he was in the material that he had studied time and time again. His [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on Jun 23, 2012
Do Yoga Like a Bad Girl, The Yoga Diet, Kino Macgregor, Losing My Job, The Painful Truth, and much more…
by Julian Walker on Jun 21, 2012
The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power is essential reading if you are interested in questions of power, shadow, authority, spiritual growth and freedom.
by Tanya Lee Markul on Jun 17, 2012
John Friend “My Side of the Story”, The Four Desires, Guys Should Do Yoga, My Body is My Battle, and much more…
by elephantjournal.com on Jun 17, 2012
Exploring Iyengar yoga changed my entire yoga practice.
by elephantjournal.com on Jun 12, 2012
John Friend: Full Statement. A Summary of the Facts from my View, the Future of Anusara Yoga, & a Full Offering of Regrets & Commitment to Improve. 6-12-12 It is with profound sadness that I write this public statement today. My level of remorse for my mistakes and my grief for Anusara yoga is simply [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jun 6, 2012
In recent months we all watched the mass exodus of Anusara teachers. Everyday new resignation letters appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. Many felt it necessary to distance themselves from John Friend and withdraw their support of him in the light of recent events. But the question that remains is, where do they go after leaving [...]
by Dianne Bondy on Jun 5, 2012
Are You Dealing with Your Sh*t? Are you tired of the John Friend scandal yet? The drawn out nature of this mess makes me wonder are we really tackling our issues or are simply wearing yogi blinders? As yogis (especially in the Anusara tradition) we are taught to always look for the good in everything. “Forgive, love everyone boundlessly [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on Jun 4, 2012
Getting Cozy with Death, Brokenhearted Studio Owner, Learning Not to Lie, Savasana, and much more…
by Tanya Lee Markul on May 28, 2012
Can Anusara be saved?, Falling in Love with an Asana, Overcoming Trauma, Bully Proofing, How to Get a Yoga Gig, Yoga & Mozart, and much more.
by elephantjournal.com on May 27, 2012
by Waylon Lewis on May 27, 2012
With thanks for the tip to Michelle, via Yogadork, who first discovered this newly-uploaded video. Update: a final major departure from Anusara Yoga. This comes via an ex-Anusara teacher, who viewed this on Yogadork, where they detail John Friend (disgraced former Yoga Tycoon, featured on cover of Sunday New York Times just one year ago) [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 24, 2012
Make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Spirit, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 22, 2012
Pedestals, Boundaries and Pitfalls in the Teacher-Student Relationship I would like to dedicate this to all teachers and students who have crossed my path. Thank you for your advice and your effort, your encouragement and your sustenance. I hope this article is helpful in our growth towards honesty, compassion and openness. This article is an [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on May 21, 2012
John Friend, Revolution, Naked & Painted in Central Park, Home Practice, Silly Yoga Pose Names, and more.
by Michelle Marchildon on May 20, 2012
It has come to this: Anusara the Brand versus Anusara the yoga. It pains me to write this opinion piece because I have teachers who I love on both sides of the argument. Now that John Friend has agreed (sort of) to exit the company he built, people believe we can put this house of [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 19, 2012
Via Livia, an ex-Anusara teacher: “the llc is comprised of teachers, but it is based on commnication with JF. They state in that letter it is a verbal agreement. A verbal agreement means nothing with JF. Let’s see if he actually does something. What’s real is that more and more resignation letters have poured in [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 19, 2012
While I resigned months ago, I am once again very disappointed in John Friend’s behavior, continual manipulation and holding of power through abuse and abdication of ownership.
by Dr. Katy Poole on May 19, 2012
“The show is not the show, but they who go.” ~Emily Dickinson It’s amazing how much can change in a year. This exact time last year, I was sitting next to a girlfriend receiving a pedicure and doing what I normally do: listening. She’d just returned from a gathering with John Friend, exuding the same [...]