February 8, 2012

John Friend: Response to Allegations, a letter to the Anusara community.

Below, please find John Friend’s first response to the recent accusations, a letter to his Anusara community. It is shared with prior permission.

His responses to my questions will be shared today, and represent the first public response, and hopefully go into some depth, allowing all who care about John, the others concerned, and the integrity of Anusara yoga to experience full transparency, which is of course vital to any healing or moving-on process.

To read the legal document below, click here. It was shared on this site two days ago, via Dave Kennedy, who works with John. I’ve since updated that blog with new information from “the other side,” but am only sharing general info as the source has thus far declined my invitation to come forward or corroborate their documents with other anonymous sources.

This is not fun for anyone. I’ll be happy when this is over, as I’m sure many of us will be. But for the health and healing of the greater mindful community, and certainly Anusara yoga in particular, we do require transparency, and a respectful, non-anonymous dialogue first.

In the meantime, all we can do is keep on practicing on. ~ ed.

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Christine Hartman Feb 14, 2012 2:47pm

Just one question for the judgers and condemners.. Do you really have any first hand information about these so called allegations.. have you had the decency to reserve judgement till you heard the full story from both sides? No one is perfect. John Friend has contributed a great deal to yoga in the US. I personally am very grateful to John and Anusara Yoga for all that has been shared. It is after all a tantric path! We are here to experience life. I don't believe anyone ever saying he was anything but a yoga teacher. Were you expecting something else? I wonder why? It is easy to throw stones. I wonder what it would be like if we scrutinized your life and exposed your weaknesses and faults in a public forum with no way to respond…Look to the good and take what is offered.. embrace your shadow side … these events are only passing.. how you react or act says more about you and your practice and your abilty to be compassionate and human. Love and Light to all!

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