The NYT reports that the yoga world has been rocked by a sex scandal:
“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 worldâs fastest-growing styles, told followers that he was stepping down for an indefinite period of âself-reflection, therapy and personal retreat.â
I assume yoga will be an integral part of his indefinite period of self-reflection and therapy.
But this is hardly the first time that yogaâs 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?
Ancient sex cult? Yeah, we forgot to mention that part. Seriously, any guy who has ever been to a yoga class could have immediately told you about the libidinal effect of yoga — and the purpose of all those poses.
Hatha originated as a way to speed the Tantric agenda. It used poses, deep breathing and stimulating acts â including intercourse â to hasten rapturous bliss. In time, Tantra and Hatha developed bad reputations. The main charge was that practitioners indulged in sexual debauchery under the pretext of spirituality.
So I guess those claims of pagan debauchery are true. Oh, it’s just too funny. See you at yoga!
Here’s the full article, interesting throughout.