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

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on May 12, 2009
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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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Walk the Talk Show: John Friend – Yoga Guru from Alex King & Mito Media on Vimeo.

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

  1. bj galvan says:

    Shaktifying! Kudos Waylon!! Feeling the love, sharing the Light!

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  3. Amy Ippoliti says:

    Way – thanks so much for organizing this event – it was a blast. The conversation between you and John just keeps getting richer and I might add, more hilarious. Thanks for having us! Let's do it again.

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  5. Sat Chit says:

    Seeing the good in Bob…………….Seeing the good in John also…..

    Thank you John and Bob

    John teaches hatha yoga with a Hindu tantric bent weaved throughout. He has a lot of freinds (no pun intended) as a result of it. Its okay if he makes money too.

    Bob is intelligent and an excellent writer. Its okay that you make money too.

    Tantra says you are both manifestations of the divine. The divine must have a sense of humor.

    There is Buddhist Hatha yoga, soon there will be christian hathayoga, jewish hatha yoga, atheist hatha yoga etc.

    John has just segmented the market for the US. There is a market for his service/product.

    One thing John does is increase the self esteem of his students and provide a framework for growth and self acceptance.

    Bob, I am sure you are the same.

    With Love.


  6. ChristyN says:

    This interview was terrific to see. What a great treat to see John Friend in a humorous, playful and relaxed setting. The banter between you two is priceless and ease-filled. It is amazing to see John move from the pointed clarity of his life's work to the delight of joking around with Waylon and the audience – dancing with each moment with sensitivity, skill and sweetness. A magnificent example of how to offer yourself in this world. So great EJ – keep things like this coming!

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  9. ChristyN says:

    Just to clarify, the suggestion I initially made was to listen to it with a "kindness of heart and an open mind", the "like John Friend" comment was a little joke that was meant to convey the idea that John Friend seems to live with a kindness of spirit and an open mind, which seem like virtues that could serve you well. Hopefully my reference to the concept of Anugraha in Tantric Texts was helpful for you for finding textual and historical substantiation for what John is talking about.

    Furthermore, John Friend has never called himself a "Yoga Guru" and he is not making any claims of authority. He has stated many times in interviews and even on his own website that he founded his style of yoga on a broad Tantric philosophy that draws upon key philosophical concepts from various Tantric schools of thought, mostly those schools originating in the area of Kashmir. He states in the interview that his definition of Grace is simply that: his definition of what Grace is (obviously based on his own philosophical studies and his own poetic and creative mind.)

    I really think it is just odd that you chose to lash out at a man like this, since he really isn't hurting anyone or slandering anyone or claiming any kind of wierd authority. He is being quite faithful to the teachings of Tantra, as can be verified by the world reknowned Tantric scholars that he has as advisors to and teachers within Anusara yoga – Paul Muller-Ortega, Carlos Pomeda, Bill Mahony and Douglas Brooks, to name a few. If anything, his bringing these great ideas and philosophies to the masses is a wonderful service for our modern day community and in many ways he should be lauded for continuing the tradition of Tantric thought and lifestyle by adding his voice, innovation and specific applications to these profound points of view.

    I love varying points of view and I always appreciate a good debate or disagreement, as I feel that is a fantastic way to learn more. However, your comments were not made in an open minded vein of seeking insightful debate or discourse. Rather they simply criticized – quite personally and severely – a man who seems to have a sharp and open mind and a huge compassionate heart.

    Wishing you well right back and hoping this exchange has brought some insight, clarity and inspriation to always speak from your highest and most loving place. 🙂

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  11. christopheray says:

    john ripped-off sw.satchidananda & bks iyengar….wake-UP….

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  18. Greg says:

    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.

  19. Aaron says:

    Bob: Apparently you are new to Anusara
    I teach and have been a student of Hatha and Anusra for ten years. I'm also Buddhist. The subtlety of any philosophy cant be taught through words or scriptures they have to be experienced.
    That is not a bad thing; that you can not learn it from 'traditional sources'.
    It's great because its a kind of gnosis that you can show experientially!
    At the heart, grace is a non duality. A balance. Obviously you are right about being able to relate to a Rush Limbaugh. Is that some how a bad thing? Your assumption that you are right about your world view and John or eve Rush Limbaugh are wrong, just shows you are just as stuck in a dualistic nature as anyone.
    Thats fine, we all are to some degree. That does not mean we cant try to live with grace. "Open to Grace."

  20. Aron says:

    Yes he did. He learned from them personally and adapted it. Is that a bad thing?

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  22. elephantjournal says:

    Generally-speaking, lineage is a constant process of adaptation, inheriting, passing along…no one owns anything. But respect is vital to lineage, of course! ~ W.

  23. Brad Roberts says:

    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.