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“Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis” featuring Anusara yoga John Friend. Video.

Anusara yoga’s John Friend on Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis.

John Friend, of Anusara Yoga, may have the most vital, vibrant, close-knit yoga community or kula in the US of A. He always happens to be a sweet, kind, wise, wakeful human being—and a longtime friend and morale-booster of young elephant journal dot com.


This here video interview at the historic Boulder Theater with Anusara yoga‘s John Friend touches on grace vs. effort, the evolution of the tradition and lineage of yoga as it matures and changes in the West, how our yoga practice is about more, and less, than getting a “yoga butt,” how to build a vital community, how green needs to be more than a fad, taking responsibility for our own karma…and how all this talk comes down to waking up and seeing everything as alive—and doing so with good humor.

This, along with my interviews same night at our Walk the Talk Show with Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg and the Titans of Tech, was my first live interview in nine months.

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With my personal huge sincere thanks to Dave Kennedy of prAna, and Amy Ippoliti, for helping make the interview happen—and for their friendship.

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Brad Roberts Feb 9, 2012 8:08pm

john is probably a great guy, but sleeping with students is not a great idea. if he had to keep it secret, then he must know something is wrong. personally, i'd lay some pipe in every hot little yogin just as he did. but i would brag about it, not hide it!
good luck john. your yoga has made my life a better place to be.

Greg Mar 31, 2010 11:03pm

Had a few classes from a substitute instructor who was from the Anusara school. Was greatly impressed by the precision and attention to detail in the postures. One could not help but notice the caring mindfulness the approach brought to the practice.

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