Yoga and Scandal. No Surprise Here.

Tuesday 20 March 2012 | 12:06 pm | Laurette Willis

PraiseMoves…praise moves God…deeply (glory to God!).

Yoga, on the other hand, moves other spiritual forces with which we do not want to align ourselves.

This is from the New York Time article with the comment: “Yoga fans sexual flames and predictably, plenty of scandal.”

Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here

By WILLIAM J. BROAD, Published: February 27, 2012
IN RETREAT John Friend’s sexual indiscretions upset many devotees of Anusara yoga, which he founded. Mark Sullivan /WireImage

The wholesome image of yoga took a hit in the past few weeks as a rising star of the discipline came tumbling back to earth.

After accusations of sexual impropriety with female students, John Friend, the founder of Anusara, one of the world’s fastest-growing styles, told followers that he was stepping down for an indefinite period of “self-reflection, therapy and personal retreat.”

IN RETREAT John Friend’s sexual indiscretions upset many devotees of Anusara yoga, which he founded.

Mr. Friend preached a gospel of gentle poses mixed with openness aimed at fostering love and happiness.

But Elena Brower, a former confidante, has said that insiders knew of his “penchant for women” and his love of “partying and fun.”

Few had any idea about his sexual indiscretions, she added. The apparent hypocrisy has upset many followers.

“Those folks are devastated,” Ms. Brower wrote in The Huffington Post. “They’re understandably disappointed to hear that he cheated on his girlfriends repeatedly” and “lied to so many.”

CELEBRITY GURU Swami Muktananda had many thousands of devotees, including celebrities. A senior aide charged that he was a serial philanderer and sexual hypocrite.

George Rose/Getty Images

But this is hardly the first time that yoga’s enlightened facade has been cracked by sexual scandal. Why does yoga produce so many philanderers? And why do the resulting uproars leave so many people shocked and distraught?

One factor is ignorance. Yoga teachers and how-to books seldom mention that the discipline began as a sex cult — an omission that leaves many practitioners open to libidinal surprise.

Hatha yoga — the parent of the styles now practiced around the globe — began as a branch of Tantra. In medieval India, Tantra devotees sought to fuse the male and female aspects of the cosmos into a blissful state of consciousness.

For the rest of this disturbing, eye-opening article, please see: NYTimes.

To learn more about the true foundation of yoga and the Christ-centered PraiseMoves difference, please see: Why a Christian Alternative to Yoga and Yoga IS Religion.



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