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Anusara Yoga

For Many Trapped in Religious "Cults," Steve Hassan Keeps Hope Alive

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Stewart J. Lawrence

In the past few years, Steve Hassan has worked with hundreds of families -- scoring numerous successes, but sometimes encountering disappointments, including threats of lawsuits -- and he's gone to school on his experiences and kept abreast of the latest academic research.

Yoga Industry May Have Found a Few Good Men -- and Millions of Devilish Ones, Too

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 07.24.2012 | Business
Stewart J. Lawrence

Women continue to be the most active and attractive names and faces around which the yoga industry is most visibly promoted, but the market clearly needs fresh blood -- and increasingly that blood is male.

Scandal in Yogaland: Let's Not Draw the Wrong Conclusions

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.05.2012 | Home
Philip Goldberg

While Anusara is not an ordinary business, it is also not a traditional guru-led organization; and John Friend is not an ordinary teacher or boss, but he's not a swami or a guru either. This illustrates the ambiguous position of modern yoga in general.

The Spiritual Upside To A Guru's Downfall

Meryl Davids Landau | Posted 05.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Meryl Davids Landau

I'm aware that some traditions teach that gurus are unblemished, and that admiring the perfection in them is a way to glimpse God. But I personally go farther on my own spiritual path when I remember it's okay that I'm fallible, that wherever I am or whatever I've done is fine.

Living in Shades of Grey: Anusara, John Friend and the Guru Syndrome

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2012 | Health and Fitness
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

It's hard to read any yoga blog these days without coming across the lengthy, messy break-up currently unfolding in the Anusara yoga community following the disclosure of Anusara founder John Friend's, well, rather philandering ways.

Please Join My Tantric Yoga Sex Cult

Mark Morford | Posted 04.30.2012 | Comedy
Mark Morford

OMG you guys, have you heard? Yoga is all about ... kinky superstar "gurus," sexual healing and drug-crazed orgies where everyone gets naked, sleeps with married people and prays to weird Hindu gods with ten arms, flaming red tongues and giant stone phalluses.

What's Not to Love About a Yoga Sex Scandal?

Sandip Roy | Posted 04.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Sandip Roy

Yoga sells well. Sex sells even better. And sex scandals sell the best. The man in the eye of the storm this time is John Friend, the founder of the Anusara style of yoga.

De-mystifying the Guru: The Case of John Friend and Anusara Yoga

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Lauren Jacobs

Do these leaders misuse their power because they have risen to such great heights that they have lost touch with reality, or have they risen to power because their egos knew no bounds in the first place?

Misconduct In The Yoga World

Elena Brower | Posted 04.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

I love the methodology of Anusara yoga. Even though I resigned my certification those months ago as a means of separating from the aspects for which I don't stand, now I stand for forgiveness.

The Anusara Yoga Scandal: Can a $6 Billion Industry Salvage Its Image?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home
Stewart J. Lawrence

As the increasingly ugly Anusara scandal unfolds, yoga and yogis in America seem to be approaching yet another defining moment. Do the movement's most sincere and thoughtful leaders have the strength -- and humility -- to push their industry to reform its ways?

How 3 Top Yoga Masters Find Balance -- On And Off The Mat

Meryl Davids Landau | Posted 03.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Meryl Davids Landau

I know that living our yoga both on and off the mat is challenging. After all, I based my entire novel around that idea. But my recent self-flagellation got me to wondering how more adept yoga masters triumph over such trials -- and if they even have them in the first place.

Anusara: One Of The Fastest Growing Yoga Schools

Julie Buckner | Posted 10.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Julie Buckner

As the sun set on Squaw Valley on Sunday and the Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival came to its close, Anusara yoga was in all of its splendor -- and John Friend was the yogi of recognition.

The Art Of Attention

Elena Brower | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

Nothing could make me sit still for more than a few minutes, and on the few occasions I did, I felt fake every time, as though I was missing something.

Anusara Yoga - Becoming a Standing Mudra of the Heart

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

"Okay, let's do a drop-back. Who wants to show how to do a drop-back?" It's the second day of the Anusara Yoga Grand Gathering at the annual Yoga Jou...

The Commodification of Yoga: The Perfect, the Good and the Spiritual

Ethan Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ethan Nichtern

There is no way to bring a "spiritual" service into a market economy without it facing an insane level of unfair scrutiny. Simply put, in today's day and age, spirituality is bad branding.

Is Your Mind A Friend Or Foe?

Hillary Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hillary Rubin

I share this with you because hearing these words again as a beginner has opened me to a new level that there really is nothing wrong with me or you.

Art Of Attention: Yoga As Scaffolding For Your Life

Elena Brower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

When we are able to open ourselves through one attentive breath, we drop our resistances to our own grace as well as the grace of those around us and bring light to the moment.

Art of Attention: Eat, Pray, Love. In That Order.

Elena Brower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

If you have an eating disorder, or notice destructive behavior in yourself, know that with love, we will slowly stop hurting ourselves, and begin to enlist our highest selves in our healing.

Taking Inventory And Being Honest with Yourself

Hillary Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hillary Rubin

As this year comes to an end I find myself subconsciously and consciously taking inventory of myself. Just the other night it all began to come to the surface while sitting in a woman's circle.

Art Of Attention: Awakening

Elena Brower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

The process of placing our attention on the doubt and fear - and learning what we need to see in order to bring balance to this life - is the process of awakening that brings us toward that evolution again and again.

Art of Attention: Practice Yoga? Teach Yoga? Think About Yoga? Read This.

Elena Brower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

Form and Function within yoga. Together, they are a complete practice. One without the other is a downright limiting of our potential -- and an incomplete class experience.

Finding the Perfect Yoga for You

Erica Heinz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Erica Heinz

People are always asking me what kind of yoga they should do. So to them I say, yoga practice is like wine appreciation -- the best way to learn is to taste.

Art of Attention: How Has Yoga Influenced You?

Elena Brower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

When we're attentive, our interior environment resonates as easeful exterior experiences.

Art of Attention: Five Keys to Emotional Consistency

Elena Brower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

This is not about purification, nor is it about denial. This is about using your attention, your only real tool, to cultivate your most essential capacity for inner consistency.

Returning to the Mat

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

As a teen, I first learned yoga from the classic Yoga in 28 Days, which 35 years after its original publication, is still in print. After a decade of ...