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Speaking Truth to Power About Sexual Abuse

by NinaThe Wisdom and Truth by Pierre-Paul Prod’honHave you heard about the recent very long podcast that J. Brown did with Karen Rain? Karen is one of the status of women that Pattahbi Jois sexually abused and I wrote about her in my affix #MeToo and Yoga. Well, I actually listened to the whole thing! Because it is so long, I will summarize some of the points that stood out to me. But here it is in case you want to listen to it: Now here are what I found to be the highlights of the discussion: Rain said forthrightly that Jois was not a great yogi. In addition to being able to sexually abusing as many as 1,000 gals, he lied, chiselled, and stole coin. He was vile and didn’t school or rehearsal the yamas. I think that’s such an important point.Rain was of the view that the problems with sex offense are partly due to the current culture in the yoga nature, which is paternalistic. In a paternalistic yoga culture, the professor ever knows what is best for you and the students will often ignore their own thought and simply follow the teacher’s rules. What is involved is a consent culture, in which the student knows what is best for themselves. Carey Sims carried this very well in his berth The Importance of Inquiry and Agency in the Asana Practice. After years of being speechless and feeling like Jois robbed her of what was meaningful to her, Rain said she is feeling energized and hopeful because she is now speaking truth to strength. I witnessed this empowering and inspiring, and I hope many other parties, of all genders, will, too. The podcast ended with two seconds discussion, which was requested by Rain and moderated by her, rather than him. After having listened to the other discussions J. Brown had on his podcast with other Ashtanga yoga teaches, Rain felt that he had been sexist in his approaches to the teachers, hurling softballs to the men or telling them get away with non-responses while being much more emphatic and aggressive with the status of women. And the accusations that about Jois that Anneke Lucas made during the discussion with her were downplayed by Brown. Eventually, are you wondering, why is Nina writing about Patthabi Jois and sexual abuse again? In the podcast, Rain mentioned the problem of how sex offense accusations briefly get a lot of attention and then fade away, so that future students aren’t even aware of problems that were once reported about educators. I’ve seen this play out in the SF Bay Area with Manouso Manos. In the 1991, the San Jose Mercury actually did an disclose of him and his garb of teasing women in his years during the 80 s( view Betrayal of Trust”: 1991 Mercury News Investigation of Sexual Assault Allegations Against Manouso Manos ). Harmonizing to this article, B.K.S. Iyengar “asked the community to forgive Manos.” And it was of the view that in October 1990, the S.F. institute’s board of directors voted to rehabilitate him.Once Manos was reinstated, the tale kind of faded away and women who were unfamiliar with the age-old accusations, like Ann West, who in 2013 was sought by Manos in a class, felt safe to learn with him.( By the highway, one of the all those people who resigned from the SF Iyengar Institute faculty after that referendum was my future main teacher, Donald Moyer. Donald subsequently told us this entire story about Iyengar and Manouso during my teacher training .) After discovering Karen Rain talk briefly about this question, I wrote down on a piece of paper “We have to keep this topic alive.” So, in that heart, I’m going to share a schedule of teachers who have been accused of sexual abuse some of whom there are legends about the hell is fading away: A List of Yoga Scandals Involving Gurus, Teachers, Students, Sex and Other Inappropriate Behaviour.Do I know for sure that all the accusations in this list are true? No, I do not. Nonetheless, while it is never the faulting of a “victim” if “theyve been” sexually abused–so I don’t want to be interpreted to mean that I condemn anyone for contemplating with the wrong teacher–if “youre trying to” intentionally bypass piranhas or become members of a lineage that still idolizes a piranha, there are steps you can take. Vet your professors in advance. Do some research. Ask coaches that you do respect for their honest assessments. Ask other students who have studied with the professor in very frank calls. And if you do take a class and get any kind of icky finds , no matter what various kinds of reputation that teacher might have, follow your instinct and leave! The objective of yoga is Kaivalya, independency and not erroneous passion. — R. Sriram Now are some other affixes I’ve written on sexual abuse in the yoga macrocosm. In my announce Yoga Teachers Who Mistreat Their Students I discussed the benefits of lastly talking about these issues in the yoga community, both for the healing of individuals who experienced abuse and for drawing changes in institutions and communities to prevent future ill-treatment. In #MeToo with Names I discuss the KQED article about SF Bay Area teachers who are mentioned by specify, Manouso Manos, Zubin Shroff, and Allan Nett. In Yoga Nidra, Satyananda Saraswati, and Sexual Abuse I discuss the plausible proof that Satyananda as well as various of his adherents were involved in sexually abusing students and even children at the Bihar School of Yoga Ashram.In Abuse of Power in the Yoga World I discuss the accusations against Kasthub Desikachar, and excerpt R. Sriram’s advice about the role of the schoolteacher and the student and his recommendations about yoga the Viniyoga community should deal with Kasthub.Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email deg Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook and Twitter deg To seek Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your neighbourhood bookstore.For information about Nina’s upcoming record signals and another activity, assure Nina’s Workshops, Book Signings, and Books .

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