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February 27, 2012

Finally—Major Media covers John Friend scandal (and every other yoga scandal). By same author as Yoga will Wreck your Body!

NY Times breaks John Friend scandal—a month late. By same author as Yoga will Wreck your Body.

For reference: two key interviews/letters: Douglas Brooks, longtime colleague of John Friend’s, & Amy Ippoliti, senior Anusara teacher who recently resigned.

We’ve covered it for a month, since getting some facts, multiple firsthand interviews and sources to come forward. So has Yogadork, who took the first tip-off that we, and Recovering Yogi, had skipped.

Now…finally…at last…some non-blogging real media has tuned in—and the yoga world can count itself lucky (not) to have the coverage come from the Times writer behind the Yoga will Wreck your Body article. Even better, this article quotes neither Dork nor Elephant nor my Walk the Talk Show interviews with John Friend or three of his colleagues, but a single recent article by Elena Brower in the Huff Post, and reads like a casual mishmash of yoga scandals put together while he was doing something else.

As a former journalist, now blogger, I’m a NY Times fan of fans, and am disappointed not to see some real and original research and facts, here—but, since it all is a month late anyways, there’s very little news left to report, perhaps.

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