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1 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: p. xiii..
2 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017.
3 J Lalich and ML Tobias. Take Back Your Life. 2006: loc. 206 (emphasis added).
4 G Donahaye. ‘Pattabhi Jois and #MeToo’. 8/31/2018. https://yogamindmedicine.blogspot.com/
5 RJ Lifton. Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism. 1961: 429–30.
6 Statement from Nardi and Johnson. Email to author, 10/5/2018 (emphasis added).
7 M Singer. ‘Coming Out of the Cults’. Psychology Today. January 1979: 72–82.
8 HL Rosedale and MD Langone. ‘On Using the Term “Cult”’. https://www.icsahome.com/
9 J Lalich and ML Tobias. Take Back Your Life. 2006: loc. 226.
10 J Lalich and ML Tobias. Take Back Your Life. 2006: loc. 665.
11 C Mann. ‘The MIND Model of Cult. Dynamics’. https://cultexpert.weebly.com/
12 LJ West and M Langone. ‘Cultism’. Cultic Studies Journal 3. 1986: 119–20.
13 I wrote about this personal exchange here: M Remski. ‘That Time When I Was in a Cult…’. 7/12/2017. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/
14 K MacGregor. ‘Ashtanga Yoga—Accountability, Acceptance and Action…’. 12/26/2017. https://www.kinoyoga.com/
15 ‘Teachers’: https://sharathjois.com; http://www.ashtanga.com/
16 E Stern. ‘100 Years’. July 2015. http://ayny.org/100-years/
17 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 265. Also RA Medin (inter) and D Summerbell (ed). ‘3 gurus, 48 questions’. Namarupa. Fall 2004: 7.
18 M Singleton and T Fraser. ‘T. Krishnamacharya’. In M Singleton and E Goldberg (eds). Gurus of Modern Yoga. 2014: loc. 2274,citing S Dars. ‘Entretiens’. Viniyoga 24. 1989: 61–2.
19 M Singleton.Yoga Body. 2010.
20 BKS Iyengar. Astadala Yogamala, vol. 1. 2000: 16–61.
21 Shaw’s unpublished article is a notable exception: EJ Shaw. ‘Seizing the Whip’. http://www.academia.edu/
22 Singleton’s groundbreaking work is essential reading here: M Singleton. Yoga Body. 2010.
23 S Binkley. Getting Loose. 2007: 32.
24 For an example of the “keep practicing” strategy during an institutional abuse crisis, see M Remski. ‘Judith Simmer-Brown to Distraught Shambhala Members’. 8/6/2018.
25 Rain’s first professional writing credit appears in Medium.com’s Power Trip online magazine: K Rain. ‘Yoga Guru Pattabhi Jois Sexually Assaulted Me for Years’. Power Trip. 
26 Yoga and Movement Research Community. [Facebook page]. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1648029625458814/
27 A Lucas. 12/7/2010. The original article was posted to Facebook on on the now-defunct version of the yogacitynyc.com site. Facebook link:
28 J Cooke. ‘Why Didn’t Somebody Warn Me?’. 7/11/2018. http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/
29 J Cooke. Email to author, 11/16/2018.
30 From a personal conversation, explored in M Remski. ‘Why We Don’t Listen To Trauma Survivors’. 4/7/2018. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/
31 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: 91.
32 CP Smith and JJ Freyd.‘Institutional Betrayal’. American Psychologist. 69(6). 2014: 575–87.
33 b hooks. The Will to Change. 2005.
PART ONE
34 ‘Genny Wilkinson Priest’. [podcast]. 11/19/2018. https://www.jbrownyoga.com/ The post by Mary Taylor to which she refers was published on 12/8/2017: M Taylor. ‘Can
35 Primary Series Ashtanga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. [online video]. 1993. https://www.youtube.com/
36 Now visible on the private server of the Decolonizing Yoga website, under the title ofPattabhi Jois Yoga
37 Examples include S Desai and A Wise. Yoga Sadhana for Mothers. 2014; S Griffyn and M Clarke. Ashtanga Yoga for Women. 2003; and A Beale and D Yu (Coord); S Marino and T Jeng (eds). Strength& Grace. 2015.
38 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 164.
39 Pattabhi Jois Yoga Adjustments. [online video]. http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/
40 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 29–30.
41 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: 180–9.
42 L Gallagher. ‘Lotus 1, 2, 3’. Details Magazine. September 1995: 198–241 passim.
Part Two
43 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: 21.
44 See M Stone. ‘What’s that Yoga breath?’. 4/ 30/2014. http://www.theyogimovement.com/
45 According to a personal conversation with my late friend, Michael Stone, in about 2015.
46 M Taylor. Email to author, 8/19/2017.
47 ‘Richard Freeman on the Evolution of Yoga’. [podcast]. 1/11/2018. https://kathrynbruniyoung.com/
48 N McInerny. ‘Terrible, Thanks for Asking’. [podcast]. https://www.apmpodcasts.org/ttfa/
49 K Rain. ‘Yoga Guru Pattabhi Jois Sexually Assaulted Me for Years’. Power Trip. 10/6/2018. https:// medium.com/s/powertrip/
50 K Rain. ‘My Full Testimony’. 7/30/2018. https://karenrainashtangayogaandmetoo.wordpress.com/
51 Inside Owl, the blog of certified Ashtanga teacher Angela Jamison, provides consistent examples of positive stereotyping, such as here: A Jamison. ‘Autonomy, Moral Codes + Naked Beer Goats’. [web blog]. 3/1/2018. http://www.insideowl.com/.
52 M Hawley. ‘The Privatization of Religion and Personal Identity’. Sikh Formations. 11(1–2). 2015: 210–22, Alsosee E De Michelis. ‘Modern Yoga: History and Forms’. In M Singleton and J Byrne (eds). Yoga in the Modern World. 2009: 17–35.
53 C Lavrence and K Lozanski. ‘“This Is Not Your Practice Life”’. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue Canadienne De Sociologie. 51(1). 2014: 76–94.
54 K Felt. ‘Katherine Felt on Yogi Bhajan and friends’. http://yogibhajan.tripod.com/
55 C Mann. ‘The MIND model of Cult. Dynamics’. https://cultexpert.weebly.com/
56 K Rain. ‘Yoga and #MeToo’. 1/1/2018. http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/
57 Karen Rain. [Facebook page]. 11/11/2017. https://www.facebook.com/karen.rain.9615/
58 K Rain. ‘Clear Witness Testimony’. 2/27/2018. https://karenrainashtangayogaandmetoo.wordpress.com/
59 Tracyogini. https://sites.google.com/site/tracyogini/
60 Dimi Currey. [Facebook page]. 1/14/2018. https://www.facebook.com/dimi.currey/
PART THREE
61 KP Jois. Yoga Mala. 2010: loc. 1871.
62 ‘Beryl Bender Birch’. [podcast]. 7/2/2018. https://www.jbrownyoga.com/
63 MD Langone. Recovery from Cults. 1995.
64 C Mann. ‘The MIND model of Cult. Dynamics’. https://cultexpert.weebly.com/
65 J Lalich and ML Tobias. Take Back Your Life. 2006: loc. 651–89.
66 BKS Iyengar. Light on Yoga. 1996.
67 Medical Class, BKS Iyengar in Australia 92. [online video]. https://www.youtube.com/
68 J Birch and J Hargreaves. ‘Yoganidrā’. 1/8/2015. https://theluminescent.blogspot.com/ For more, see also M Singleton. ‘Salvation through Relaxation’. Journal of Contemporary Religion. 20(3). 2005: 289–304.
69 The more accurate backstory of Bhajan’s group 3HO is recounted here: P Deslippe. ‘From Maharaj To Mahan Tantric’. Sikh Formations. 8 (3). 2012: 369–87.
70 Described here: ‘Universal Principles of Alignment’. Anusara School of Hatha Yoga.https://www. anusarayoga.com/teacher-support/
71 C Mann. ‘The MIND model of Cult. Dynamics’. https://cultexpert.weebly.com/
72 According to my Jyotisha and Sanskrit mentor Davis Batson, based upon his gurukulum studies withKrishan Lal Mantri (d 2017) in Toronto, early 2000s.
73 TM Krishnamacharya. Yoga Makaranda or Yoga Saram (The Essence of Yoga) First Part. L Rangana thanand N Ranganathan (trans). 2006: 10, 40, 42, 49, 75, 81, 103.
74 Svātmārāma and BD Akers. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika. 2002: 44.
75 DE Moerman. Meaning, Medicine, and the “Placebo Effect”. 2002: 127–13.
76 KP Jois. Yoga Mala. 2010: loc. 116.
77 J Russell. ‘Yoga Korunta’. 11/11/2015. http://www.jamesrussellyoga.co.uk/
78 The most thorough research on this topic comes from J Birch. ‘The Proliferation of Āsanās in Late-Medieval Yoga Texts’. In K Baier, PA Maas and K Preisendanz (eds). Yoga in Transformation. 2018: 101–80.
79 DG White. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. 2014: 197–224.
80 J Birch. ‘The Proliferation of Āsanās in Late-Medieval Yoga Texts’. In K Baier, PA Maas and K Preisendanz (eds). Yoga in Transformation. 2018: 141.
81 J Birch. Email to author, 10/14/2018.
82 M Singleton. Yoga Body. 2010: 185.
83 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 198.
84 J Birch. Email to author, 10/14/2018.
85 M Singleton. Yoga Body. 2010: 186.
86 More on this controversy is found in M Remski. ‘Mark Singleton Responds to Critics …’. 11/1/2015. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/
87 AG Mohan and G Mohan. Krishnamacharya. 2010: 138.
88 G Maehle. Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy. 2013, 16.
89 J Birch and J Hargreaves. ‘Vinyāsa’. 7/14/2016. http://www.theluminescent.org/
90 AG Mohan and G Mohan. Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings. Shambhala. 2010: 29.
91 J Birch. Email to author, 10/14/2018.
92 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 417.
93 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 20.
94 A Hall. ‘Updated: Yoga’s Loss of Purpose’. Krishnamacharya’s Mysore yoga. . . at home. [web blog]. 3/20/2015. https://grimmly2007.blogspot.com/
95 ‘The Practice > Parampara’. http://sharathjois.com/
96 http://www.ashtangaparampara.org/.
97 YJ Editors. ‘Practice and All is Coming’. Yoga Journal. 6/22/2009. https://www.yogajournal.com/.
98 L Kaminoff. ‘I teach Viniyoga®. So, sue me’. [Facebook page]. 1/24/2018. https://www.facebook.com/notes/leslie-kaminoff/.
99 YJ Editors. ‘Kausthaub Desikachar Faces Abuse Allegations’. 10/3/2012. https://www.yogajournal.com/blog/.
100 YD. ‘Update: Sad Details of Kaustaub Deiskachar’s Psychopathic Abuse …’. 10/17/2012. http://yogadork.com/.
101 ‘Legal Closure | September 2014’. http://kausthub.com/legalclosure.
102 ‘Testimonials> Yoga Therapy In Trauma Care’. 7/31/2015. http:// kausthub.com/testimonial/.
103 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 250.
104 ‘Literature > Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: A Tribute’. http://yogashala.ru/en/.
105 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 115.
106 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 124.
107 TK Sribhashyam. Correspondence with author, 2/12/2016.
108 Kino speaks on Pattabhi Jois. [online video]. https://www.youtube.com/.
109 K MacGregor. ‘Ashtanga Yoga—Accountability, Acceptance and Action…’. 12/26/2017. https://www.kinoyoga.com/.
110 J Birch. Email to author, 10/14/2018.
111 J Birch. Email to author, 4/17/2018.
112 BR Smith. ‘With Heat Even Iron Will Bend’. In M Singleton and J Byrne (eds). Yoga in the Modern World. 2008:140–60.
113 J Birch. Meaning of hatha in Early Hathayoga. Journal of American Oriental Society131(4). 2011: 527–54. https://www.academia.edu/.
114 J Birch. Email to author, 10/14/2018.
115 J Birch. Email to author, 10/14/2018.
116 A Cushman, ‘Power Yoga’ Yoga Journal. February 1995: 144.
117 ‘Richard Freeman on the Evolution of Yoga’. [podcast]. 1/11/2018. https://kathrynbruniyoung.com/.
118 Mallinson’s essay on vajroli mudra, including a personal description of his experience with it, is instructive here: JMallinson. ‘Yoga and Sex’. Paper. Yoga in Transformation conference. University of Vienna. September 2013.https://www.academia.edu/.
119 WD O’Flaherty. Siva. 1981.
120 K MacGregor. Sacred Fire. 2012.
121 K MacGregor. Sacred Fire. 2012: 29.
122 K MacGregor. Sacred Fire. 2012: 34.
123 K MacGregor. Sacred Fire. 2012: 35.
124 M Remski. ‘Karen Rain Responds to Mary Taylor’s Post …’. 12/11/2017. http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/. Dwelley in Comments.
125 Ask Richard and Mary: ‘Is there any fundamental difference between trantric [sp] yoga and ashtanga yoga? [online video]. https://www.facebook.com/richardfreemanyoga/. Now taken offline as of 28/02/2019, but an audio is available on the Podcast tab.
126 Via Sanskritist and Tantric scholar Christopher Wallis. [However, lineages start from someone and often their practices are amended in the process of creating a lineage].
127 K Rain. Email to author, 9/16/2018.
128 J Pankhania and J Hargreaves. ‘Culture of Silence: Satyananda Yoga’. 12/22/2017.http://theluminescent.blogspot.com/.
129 J Hargreaves. Email to author, 11/11/2018.
130 M Taylor. ‘Can Difficulties Give Us Insight?’ 12/8/2017. https://www.richardfreemanyoga.com/musings/.
131 J Hargreaves. Email to author, 11/11/2018.
132 Photos can be seen at M Remski. ‘Pattabhi Jois Sexually Assaulted Men’.11/11/2018. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/.
133 K Rain. ‘Yoga Guru Pattabhi Jois Sexually Assaulted Me for Years’. 10/6/2018.https://medium.com/s/powertrip/.
134 Monica Gauci [Facebook page]. https://www.facebook.com/monica.gauci/.
135 E Goldberg. The Path of Modern Yoga. 2016: 223–33.
136 BKS Iyengar, JJ Evans, and D Adams. Light on Life. 2008: xix.
137 DG White. The Alchemical Body. 2012: 279.
138 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 28.
139 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 43.
140 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 373.
141 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji: 259.
142 KP Jois. Yoga Mala. 2010: loc. 1034.
143 KP Jois. Yoga Mala. 2010: loc. 1871.
144 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 53.
145 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 255.
146 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 252.
147 A Hall. ‘Updated: Sharath’s NEW KPJAYI Authorisation/Certification Code of Conduct’.Krishnamacharya’s Mysore Yoga… at home. [web blog]. 1/27/2018. http://grimmly2007.blogspot.com/.
148 T Hodgeman. ‘Summer 2007’. [web blog]. 11/5/2010. http://tracyhodgeman.blogspot.com/.
149 J Kramer. ‘A New Look at Yoga: Playing the Edge of Mind & Body’. Yoga Journal. Jan 1977. http://joeldiana.com/.
150 ‘Final Questions. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Public Talks on Ashtanga Yoga — France 1991’. http://www.aysnyc.org/.
151 BKS Iyengar and N Perez-Christiaens (comp and ed). Sparks of Divinity. 2012: loc. 2044. Here prakriti refers tomaterial, biological nature. Iyengar is suggesting that asana practice brings the body into a purifying relationshipwith the soul.
152 BKS Iyengar and N Perez-Christiaens (comp and ed). Sparks of Divinity. 2012: loc. 1993.
153 BKS Iyengar and N Perez-Christiaens (comp and ed). Sparks of Divinity. 2012: loc. 1544.
154 BKS Iyengar and N Perez-Christiaens (comp and ed). Sparks of Divinity. 2012: loc. 2060.
155 Jules Mitchell’s Yoga Biomechanics. 2018 provides an excellent analysis on the current science of stretching.
156 L Cohen. “The Window”. Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979.
157 K MacGregor. The Power of Ashtanga Yoga. 2013: 4
158 KP Jois. Yoga Mala. 2010: loc. 533.
159 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 62.
160 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 63.
161 Along with M Singleton. Yoga Body. 2010 and E Goldberg. The Path of Modern Yoga. 2016, the work of JosephAlter provides excellent background for this historical shift, especially JS Alter. Yoga in Modern India. 2004.
162 J Birch. ‘Premodern Yoga Traditions and Ayurveda’. History of Science in South Asia 6. 2018: 1-83.https://www.academia.edu/.
163 J Mallinson and M Singleton. Roots of Yoga. 2017: 133.
164 RP Brown and PL Gerbarg. The Healing Power of the Breath. 2012.
165 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 409–10.
166 G Donahaye. ‘Pattabhi Jois and #Metoo’. 8/31/2018. https://yogamindmedicine.blogspot.com/.
167 ‘Books>Guruji . . . ’ https://shop.ashtanga.com/.
168 ‘Angela’s Reviews > Guruji’. 7/ 19/2014. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1000656714.
169 ‘Angela’s Reviews > Guruji’. 7/ 19/2014. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1000656714.
170 See, for example, customer reviews for Guruji on https://www.amazon.com/.
171 H Arendt. The Origins of Totalitarianism. 2017.
172 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: 57.
173 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: 54.
174 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: 54.
175 G Donahaye. Email to author, 10/25/2016.
176 G Donahaye. Email to author, 10/26/2016.
177 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 400.
178 ‘Beryl Bender Birch’. [podcast]. 7/2/2018. https://www.jbrownyoga.com/.
PART FOUR
179 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 894.
180 Langone’s thesis has been extracted here: M Remski. ‘“Deception, Dependance, and Dread…”’ 5/14/2018. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/
181 C Mann. ‘The MIND model of Cult Dynamics’. https://cultexpert.weebly.com/
182 S Hassan. Combating Cult Mind Control. 3rd edition. 2016.
183 Lis Harris’s investigative report provides excellent coverage of Muktananda and his community Siddha Yoga Dham America (SYDA): L Harris. ‘O Guru, Guru, Guru. New Yorker’. 11/14/1994: 92. Also available at http://www.leavingsiddhayoga.net/o_guru_english.htm.
184 D Shaw. Traumatic Narcissism. 2014.
185 L Oakes. Prophetic Charisma. 1997.
186 H Arendt. The Origins of Totalitarianism. 2017.
187 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 801.
188 “Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; / Our meddling intellect / Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:— / We murder to dissect.” W Wordsworth. 1798. Lyrical Ballads.
189 DW Winnicott. The Theory of the Parent-Infant Relationship: Further Remarks. International Journal ofPsychoanalysis 43. 1962: 238–9. Online at Oxford Clinical Psychology http://www.oxfordclinicalpsych.com/
190 LJ Kaplan. Oneness and Separateness. 1978.
191 MD Ainsworth et al. Patterns of Attachment. 1978.
192 DN Stern. The Motherhood Constellation. 1995.
193 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 32.
194 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 33.
195 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 38.
196 Wild Wild Country. 2018. https://www.netflix.com.
197 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 68.
198 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 68.
199 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 28.
200 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 156.
201 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 356.
202 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 282.
203 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 312.
204 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 250.
205 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 186.
206 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 408.
207 R Lauer-Manenti. An Offering of Leaves. 2009.
208 R Lauer-Manenti. Sweeping the Dust. 2010.
209 R Lauer-Manenti. ‘My Teachers’. https://www.ruthlauermanentiyoga.com/.
210 R Lauer-Manenti. An Offering of Leaves. 2009: loc. 1065.
211 R Lauer-Manenti. An Offering of Leaves. 2009: loc. 1069.
212 R Lauer-Manenti. An Offering of Leaves. 2009: loc. 1045.
213 R Lauer-Manenti. An Offering of Leaves. 2009: loc. 1048.
214 R Lauer-Manenti. Sweeping the Dust. 2010: loc. 822.
215 Holly Faurot—v.—Jivamukti Yoga Center, Inc. et al. 150790/2016. New York County Supreme Court.Exhibit A. https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/.
216 A Slater and PC Quinn. Face recognition in the newborn infant. Infant and Child Development. 10(1–2). 2001: 21–4.
217 E Goldberg. ‘Swami Krpalvananda’. In M Singleton and E Goldberg (eds). Gurus of Modern Yoga. 2014:loc. 4527.
218 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 262.
219 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 3299.
220 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 4310.
221 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 6710.
222 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 6773.
223 K Rain. ‘Actionable Steps Towards Restorative Justice’. 1/24/2018. https://karenrainashtangayogaandmetoo.wordpress.com/.
224 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 68.
225 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 69.
226 Name not disclosed. Email to author, 6/19/2018.
227 Remembering Guruji Shri Pattabhi Jois II — Gretchen Sanchez. [online video]. https://www.youtube.com/
228 The American Yoga Revolution with Iyengar disciples Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden. [online video]. 2015. https://www.youtube.com/
229 A Stein. Terror, Love and Brainwashing. 2017: loc. 1039.
230 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 271.
231 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 271.
232 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 29-30.
233 ‘Angela’s Reviews> Guruji’. 7/19/2014. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1000656714.
234 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 271.
235 Teaching with the Hands’. Yoga Workshop. 2018. https://yogaworkshop.com/ . While this page is no longer available, the same text appears on ‘Assisting Intensive’. https://yogaworkshop.com/ assisting-intensive/, with the singular amendment noted in brackets.
236 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 160.
237 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 164.
238 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 316.
239 PL Brown. ‘At home with: Dr Robert M Sapolsky’. 4/19/2001. http://www.nytimes.com/.
240 Dopamine Jackpot! [online video]. https://www.youtube.com/.
241 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 350.
242 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 373.
243 Warning: sexual assault is depicted in this photo. Ashtanga Yoga Therapy. http://ashtangayogatherapy. com/ es/node/128. (accessed 10/5/2018). See the separate Sensitive Content tab.
244 T Miller. ‘A Brief History of Ashtanga Yoga in Encinitas’. http://ashtangayogacenter.com/.
245 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 43-4.
246 Advanced A Ashtanga Yoga Practice, Kealakekua, HI with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. 1985. [online video]. Parts 1–5. https://www.youtube.com/.
247 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: loc. 47.
248 Ie Catherine Tisseront
249 davidgarriguesyoga. [Instagram feed]. 2/1/ 018. https://www.instagram.com/.
PART FIVE
250 G Wilkinson Priest. ‘Sexual abuse in yoga’. Healthista. 12/18/2017. https://www.healthista.com/.
251 S Gannon and D Life. Jivamukti Yoga. 2002: 82.
252 R Worth. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. 2005. For more on this topic, see M Stroebe et al. ‘Cautioning Health-Care Professionals’. OMEGA 74(4). 2017: 455–73.
253 Freyd’s excellent DARVO resource page is here: JJ Freyd. ‘What is DARVO?’. 2018. https://dynamic.uoregon.edu.
254 K MacGregor. ‘Ashtanga Yoga—Accountability, Acceptance and Action…’. 12/26/2017. https://www.kinoyoga.com/.
255 ‘Kino MacGregor’. [podcast]. 4/23/2018. https://www.jbrownyoga.com/.
256 K MacGregor. ‘Ashtanga Yoga—Accountability, Acceptance and Action…’. 12/26/2017. https://www.kinoyoga.com/.
257 G Wilkinson Priest. ‘Sexual abuse in yoga’. Healthista. 12/18/2017. https://www.healthista.com/.
258 The name and prior conviction is found on the sex offender registry of the State of Hawaii. Prior conviction is registered with the State of Michigan Judicial District, 21st Judicial Circuit, Case No. 99-008788-FH, June 15, 1999. The practitioner provided screenshots of the UCLA event via email.
259 The Facebook comment was made in a private group. The practitioner needs to maintain anonymity, but has confirmed the quote by email to the author, 10/9/2018.
260 Holly Faurot—v.—Jivamukti Yoga Center, Inc. et al. 150790/2016. New York County Supreme Court. https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us.
261 ‘A Message to the Jivamukti Yoga Community’. Jivamukti Yoga. Archived at https://tinyurl.com/ycxw7gl9.
262 Holly Faurot—v.—Jivamukti Yoga Center, Inc. et al. 150790/2016. New York County Supreme Court. https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us.
263 S Gannon and D Life. Jivamukti Yoga. 2002: loc. 1617.
264 E Stern. Email to author, 7/23/2016.
265 M Remski. ‘Jivamukti Light and Dark’. 4/24/2016. http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/.
266 S Gannon and D Life. Jivamukti Yoga. 2002: loc. 1573.
267 S Gannon and D Life. Jivamukti Yoga. 2002: loc. 1588
268 S Gannon and D Life. Jivamukti Yoga. 2002: loc. 1597.
269 Jivamukti Yoga 300-hour training manual. 2007: 89.
270 From Darkness to Light. [Facebook page]. https://www.facebook.com/.
271 Name not disclosed. Email to author, 6/15/2018.
272 S Gannon and D Life. Jivamukti Yoga. 2002.
273 S Gannon and D Life. Yoga Assists. 2014: loc. 227.
274 S Gannon and D Life. Yoga Assists. 2014: loc. 320.
275 S Gannon and D Life. Yoga Assists. 2014: loc. 406.
276 S Gannon and D Life. Yoga Assists. 2014: loc. 346.
277 B Frost. ‘Betrayal of Trust’. West (San Jose Mercury News). May 26, 1991: 6-11. Available at http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/.
278 M Leitsinger. ‘#MeToo Unmasks the Open Secret of Sexual Abuse in Yoga’. 9/7/2018. https://www.kqed.org/.
279 Ethics Committee notes from the complaint brought by Ann West: Ethics Committee, Iyengar YogaNational Association of the United States. Reference notes and Report on MM-MM case. 9/13–18/2018. https://iynaus.org/sites/default/files/ethics-committee-reports/fInal-report-ethics-comm-case-MM-AW.pdf.
280 R Brathen. ‘#MeToo — The Yoga Stories’. 12/6/2017. Archived at https://tinyurl.com/y73ewmkv.
281 Yoga and Body Image Coalition. http://ybicoalition.com/.
282 Such as B Berila et al. Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change. 2016.
283 L Mulvey. Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema. Screen 16(3). 1975: 6–18.
284 Mysore Style with Tim Miller. [online video]. https://www.youtube.com/.
285 ifilmyoga. [Instagram page]. https://www.instagram.com/ifilmyoga/.
286 See note 235.
287 T Landrum. ‘Yoga and Sexual Fantasy’. 12/31/2017. https://www.tylandrum.com/ .
288 “Sanskrit and vernacular poems of the Gorakhnāthī and other north Indian ascetic traditions are highlymisogynistic, and other Gorakhnāthī legends, as well as current ethnography, suggest that like othermale ascetic traditions, the Gorakhnāthīs have always shunned the company of women. Women arenever explicitly prohibited from practising yoga, although hatha texts commonly insist that male yogis should avoid the company of women.” J Mallinson and M Singleton. Roots of Yoga. 2017: loc. 1758.
289 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence. March 1–4, 2018. http://ashtangayogaconfluence.com/schedule/. The panel was recorded by an attendee.
290 T Feldman. ‘Sexual Misconduct, Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga Yoga & Me’. 1/22/2018. https://www.elephantjournal.com/.
291 M Taylor. ‘Can Difficulties Give Us Insight?’ 12/8/2017. https://www.richardfreemanyoga.com/musings/.
292 The talk is preserved here: Pushpam Magazine. Dec 18, 2017. https://tinyurl.com/yaenw3ey.
293 G [Wilkinson] Priest. ‘A KPJAYI Statement on Pattabhi Jois’. 2018. https://www.change.org/p/we-request-a-kpjayi-statement-on-pattabhi-jois.
294 Chad Herst. [Facebook page]. 9/18/2018. https://www.facebook.com/chad.herst/.
295 ‘LG38 — Genny Wilkinson Priest and Sarai Harvey-Smith’. [podcast]. 4/21/2018. http://www.trueryan.com/podcast/lg38-genny-wilkinson-priest-and-sarai-harvey-smith-controversy-and-updating-ashtanga-yoga/.
296 A Hall. ‘Update: Ashtanga Yoga: Inappropriate Adjustments/Sexual Abuse’. Krishnamacarya’s Mysore Yoga… at home. [web blog]. Jan 2018. http://grimmly2007.blogspot.com/.
297 Anthony Hall discusses the code issuance and list controversy: A Hall. ‘Updated. Sharath’s NEW KPJAYI Authorisation/Certification Code of Conduct’. Krishnamacharya’s Mysore Yoga… at home.[web blog]. 1/27/ 2018. http://grimmly2007.blogspot.com/.
298 ‘LG38 — Genny Wilkinson Priest and Sarai Harvey-Smith’. [podcast]. 4/21/2018. http://www.trueryan.com/podcast/lg38-genny-wilkinson-priest-and-sarai-harvey-smith-controversy-and-updating-ashtanga-yoga/.
299 ‘Richard Freeman — “Synthesizer of Contemplative Traditions”. [podcast]. 2/5/2018. https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/2/richard-freeman.
300 M Taylor. ‘Pulling Things Apart’. 7/7/2018. https://www.richardfreemanyoga.com/musings/.
301 Greg Nardi. [Facebook page]. 12/18/2017. https://www.facebook.com/greg.nardi/.
302 S Harvey-Smith. ‘The Sexual Misconduct of Pattabhi Jois’. Directions in Yoga. 3/17/2018. https://saraiyoga.wordpress.com/.
303 G Maehle. ‘My Initial Response to Karen Rain’s Interview About Sexual Abuse’. 5/17/2018. https://chintamaniyoga.com/.
304 M Gauci. ‘Why I Left the Mysore Community in 1999’. 5/17/2018. http://chintamaniyoga.com/.
305 M Gauci. ‘Why Did She Let It Happen?’ 5/23/2018. https://chintamaniyoga.com/.
306 G Maehle. ‘My Initial Response to Karen Rain’s Interview About Sexual Abuse’. 5/17/2018. https://chintamaniyoga.com/.
307 J Blanchard. ‘Why We Need To Talk About The Sexual Abuse Committed By Pattabhi Jois’.Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2018. http://www.balanceyogawellness.com/.
308 S Johnson. Email to author, 10/12/2018.
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309 ‘Shannon Roche, COO, Addresses Sexual Misconduct’. Yoga Alliance. 1/5/2018. https://www.yogaalliance.org/.
310 ‘Gregor Maehle’. [podcast]. 11/12/2018. https://www.jbrownyoga.com/.
311 P Cunningham, M Drumwright and B Foster. “Networks of Complicity and Networks of Empowerment,”presentation at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 2, 2018. ProfessorCunningham can be reached at PeggyC@dal.ca for more information.
312 J Lalich and ML Tobias. Take Back Your Life. 2006: loc. 59.
313 ‘Adult tobacco use>Smoking in Canada’. https://uwaterloo.ca/tobacco-use-canada/.
314 The IAYT’s scope of practice can be found on their website www.iayt.org.
315 D Farhi. Teaching Yoga. 2006.
316 J Lalich and ML Tobias. Take Back Your Life. 2006: loc. 1437.
317 S Hassan. Combating Cult Mind Control. 3rd edition. 2016: 319.
318 J Lalich and ML Tobias. Take Back Your Life. 2006: loc. 1434.
319 RJ Lifton. Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism. 1961: 429–30.
320 J Lalich and ML Tobias. Take Back Your Life. 2006: loc. 1429.
321 H Frankfurt. “On Bullshit.” The Importance of What We Care About. 1988.
322 K MacGregor. ‘Ashtanga Yoga—Accountability, Acceptance and Action…’. 12/26/2017. https://www.kinoyoga.com/.
323 The CYTA was the first English-language yoga organization to publish a Code of Conduct for itsmembers in 1995. J Hanson Lasater. ‘A Special Message from the California Yoga Teachers Association’.Yoga Journal, Nov/Dec 1995: 136-137. Archived at https://tinyurl.com/ycqotdm3. Yoga Journal,originally founded by CAYT Director Judith Hanson Lasater and others, was its publishing arm until it was sold in 1998.
324 M Leitsinger. ‘#MeToo Unmasks the Open Secret of Sexual Abuse in Yoga’. 9/7/2018. https://www.kqed.org/.
325 Ethics Committee, Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States. Reference notes and Reporton MM-MM case. 9/13–18/2018. https://iynaus.org/sites/default/files/ ethics-committee-reports/fInalreport-ethics-comm-case-MM-AW.pdf.
326 Ethics Committee, Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States. Reference notes and Reporton MM-MM case. 9/13–18/2018. https://iynaus.org/sites/default/files/ ethics-committee-reports/fInalreport-ethics-comm-case-MM-AW.pdf.
327 M Remski. ‘Manos Disciple to Manos Accuser’. 9/24/2018. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/.
328 IYNAUS President David Carpenter addresses the issue and its history in this letter:D Carpenter. Letter to IYNAUS members. 9/12/2018. Available at https://tinyurl.com/y739z7e7.
329 For more on IGM, see M Remski. ‘The Unbearable Smugness of “I Got Mine-ism”…’. 4/6/2018. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/. (Thank you to Joseph Teskey for introducing me to the phrase.)
330 M Remski. ‘”Feminist-Informed” Ashtanga and “Trauma-Informed” Kundalini’. 11/15/2018. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/.
331 B Berila et al. Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change. 2016: 267.
332 P Deslippe. ‘From Maharaj To Mahan Tantric’. Sikh Formations. 8(3). 2012: 369–87. See also note 54.
333 Karen answers many of these questions and more in this interview: M Remski. ‘Karen Rain SpeaksAbout Pattabhi Jois and Recovering from Sexual and Spiritual Abuse’. . 5/15/2018. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/.
334 L Greenblatt. ‘Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche’.9/6/2018. https://www.lionsroar.com/. The Lewis Silkin investigation into allegations against Sogyal Lokar, a Rigpa teacher, is available here: ‘Independent Investigation’. https://www.rigpa.org/.
335 S Domet. ‘Unanswered questions about Shambhala investigation’. 9/16/2018. https://www.thecoast.ca/.
336 Two other pre-internet investigative pieces are not well-known. One is Lis Harris’s 1994 coverage of the allegations against SYDA’s Swami Muktananda (see note 183). There is also Katherine Webster’s 1990Yoga Journal investigative report on Swami Rama which is not available in its original form but is available here: K Webster. 1990. ‘The Case against Swami Rama of the Himalayas’. http://www.prem-rawat-bio.org/nrms/info/rama1.htm.
337 Nowhere on his website does it mention formal training in this context. http://kausthub.com/testimonial/.
338 M Remski. ‘Jivamukti Yoga Claims Position “At the Forefront” of the Consent Card Movement’.8/1/2018. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/.
339 Jill Miller’s lecture “Lights, Camera, Yoga”(unpublished) at the April 2016 Yoga Education Series talks, hosted by Yoga Alliance in Toronto, provided a unique view into this industry reality. She described how her earlier career in Hollywood gave her the stagecraft skills that have helped her engage workshop audiences around the world. Miller’s insights are worth careful study, given how many workshop-circuit yoga teachers — Sean Corne, Kathryn Budig, Rod Stryker, David Life and Sharon Gannon, to name but a few — are former actors or performers.
340 Greg Nardi. [Facebook page]. 12/18/2017. https://www.facebook.com/greg.nardi/.
341 JJ Freyd. ‘When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them’. 1/11/2018. https://theconversation.com/.
342 Axis Syllabus. http://www.axissyllabus.org/.
343 T Rose. Email to author, 10/9/2018.
344 T Wildcroft. ‘Post-lineage yoga’. Wild Yoga. 4/20/2018. https://www.wildyoga.co.uk/2018/04/post-lineage-yoga/.
345 T Wildcroft. Private message to author, 11/21/2018.
346 E Goldberg. The Path of Modern Yoga. 2016: 101–8.
347 T Wildcroft. ‘Post-lineage yoga’. Wild Yoga. 4/20/2018. https://www.wildyoga.co.uk/2018/04/post-lineage-yoga/.
348 Yoga Service Council. https://yogaservicecouncil.org/.
349 M Remski. ‘Karen Rain Responds to Mary Taylor’s Post About the Sexual Misconduct of PattabhiJois’. 12/11/2017. http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/.
350 G Donahaye and E Stern. Guruji. 2010: 373.
351 Hatha Yoga Project. http://hyp.soas.ac.uk/.
352 When this project was mainly focused on injuries, I covered this statement in this article: M Remski.‘Kino’s Hip’. 7/12/2015. http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/.
353 Pattabhi Jois Yoga Adjustments. [online video]. http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/.
354 Katchie Ananda. [Facebook page]. 2/2/2018. https://www.facebook.com/katchie.ananda/.
355 Luis Veiga. [Facebook page]. 11/15/2018. https://tinyurl.com/y8vzvlmu.
356 T Watanabe. ‘DNA Clear Yoga Guru in Seven-Year Paternity Suit’. 7/11/2002. http://articles.latimes.com/.
357 ‘Richard Freeman on the Evolution of Yoga’. [podcast]. 1/11/ 2018. https://kathrynbruniyoung.com/.
358 D Garrigues. ‘The One-Year Anniversary: Pattabhi Joie in Seattle, Seattle Yoga 1. 2003. https://www.ashtanga.com/html/article_garrigues.html.
359 D Garrigues. ‘The One-Year Anniversary: Pattabhi Joie in Seattle, Seattle Yoga 1. 2003. https://www.ashtanga.com/html/article_garrigues.html.
360 Chad Herst. [Facebook page]. 9/18/2018. https://www.facebook.com/chad.herst/.

ENDNOTE #PODCAST PLAYERS34The post by Mary Taylor to which she refers was published on12/8/2017: M Taylor. ‘Can Difficulties Give Us Insight?’ Freeman + Taylor. Dec 8, 2017.47, 299J. BROWN YOGA TALKS Richard Freeman – “Synthesizing Contemplative Traditions”30 00:00:00 / 01:35:21 30 Subscribe to This Show Download This Episode Embed This Player Share This Episode62, 178J. BROWN YOGA TALKS Beryl Bender Birch – “The Original Power Yoga”30 00:00:00 / 01:49:56 30 Subscribe to This Show Download This Episode Embed This Player Share This Episode117, 299, 357Artwork for Richard Freeman: The evolution of yoga, movement and mindfulnessMINDFUL STRENGTH Richard Freeman: The evolution of yoga, movement and mindfulness30 00:00:00 / 00:56:44 30 Subscribe to This Show Download This Episode Embed This Player Share This Episode125Richard Freeman: Ashtanga Yoga as Tantra

255Kino MacGregor – “Conflicts and Confluences”J interviews Kino MacGregor, founder of Miami Life Center and OMstars, about a few of the hot button topics at the forefront of yogaland. In this difficult conversation, they discuss the current situation in the Ashtanga Yoga Community regarding revelations of sexual abuse by Patabhi Jois, recent contract disputes and related issues resulting from the sale of Cody video app to Alo Yoga clothing company, and Kino’s individual perspective on the business and soul of the mainstream yoga industry.310Gregor Maehle – “Truth and Reconciliation in Ashtanga Yoga”Gregor Maehle, founder of 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga, discusses the history of Patabhi Jois’ sexual assaults and the need for the Ashtanga tradition to evolve. He talks about the studies and motivations that led to his adoption of Ashtanga Yoga, direct experience of observing the abuse and attempting to raise concerns, the injuries that led to his separation, admitting complicity, deeper philosophical and evolutionary factors in the creation of stratified power structures, and how to sublimate and grow. ENDNOTE #VIDEOS3536, 39

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But How Can You Label That As Sexual Assault?This extract from page 50 in Practice And All is Coming answers that question.”Third, speculative tangents that focus on what Jois intended whenhe groped or digitally penetrated his student ride on an all-too common misunderstanding of sexual assault. Sexual assault is not defined by the assaulter’s intentions, nor even by the interpretation of the victim. This latter point is crucial for protecting children, or those who live in such sexually violent environments, or who have been so deeply influenced by rape culture and misogyny, that they may not be able to articulate that they’ve been sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is defined by whatactually occurs between two people: non-consensual sexual contact with or penetration of a victim’s body. Many experts emphasize that the power differential between the two people is a key factor in assault.”This section of the Resource page is dedicated to PART SIX  and is still under construction.When complete this will be an online service where you can answer study questions and submit your workbook as part of your ongoing professional development to your teacher.To be notified as soon as this resources is available, please leave you details below.You’ll be sent an email to confirm your subscription. You must click the link in that email to complete your registration. If you do not see any email within 5 minutes, please check your email SPAM folder and approve the sender to ensure the access notification arrives safely. Click to learn about our Privacy Policy.Facebook-profile-image-Karen-Rain

Karen Rain posted this review on Facebook 15th April 2019

I don’t meet the minimum requirements to post a book review on Amazon. I’m a delinquent consumer. Here is my review:Practice And All Is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond by Matthew Remski★★★★ 1/2If they care at all about truth and non-harming, Jois Ashtangis should read this book, which examines the sexual abuse scandal around Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga yoga. I am one of the main sources of victim testimony for the book. Matthew has documented verbatim my testimony and that of 15 other women who Pattabhi Jois sexually assaulted (including 4 violent digital rapes). I must admit that there are parts of this book that are too triggering for me to read. I think Matthew’s PRISM model is sound and sensible. It offers guidance for yoga or spiritual communities to address a history of harm and for a seeker to look for a community that actualizes their values.Matthew has been criticized for supposedly positioning himself as a healer. But he has done no such thing. I don’t think this book even pretends to offer a path for healing for victims, and I have found my own outlets. The community has denounced Matthew’s credentials and motivation with claims that the healing should come from experts inside Ashtanga. How could there be experts among their own who could provide healing? The senior teachers, the Ashtanga heroes, are people who profited professionally and financially by enabling and covering up 1000’s of sexual assaults over the course of over three decades. Talk about questionable credentials and self interest!! The idea that there are experts inside Ashtanga yoga who can offer healing for an abuse scandal that they enabled and profited from is delusional.If I had a complaint about the book, it would be that Matthew’s treatment of the Jois Ashtanga community is far too kind.The best these teachers can claim, and it is quite dubious, is that they were ignorant. And no matter what their understanding of Pattabhi Jois being a serial sex offender/rapist was, they are the ones in need of healing. They protect their disgraceful secrets. The criticisms of Matthew are just a continuation of the cover-up. It is telling that the AY community shows far more anger toward Matthew Remski than they ever have toward a serial sex offender/rapist, namely Pattabhi Jois.Because it has not been adequately addressed, the cycle of sexual abuse continues in Jois’ Ashtanga. I’ve heard accounts of 6 living and practicing Jois’ Ashtanga teachers who have sexually assaulted students, 4 male teachers and 2 female teachers. Two of the male teachers are very famous and highly respected. There are also AY teachers who know about and are protecting and enabling the teachers who sexually assault.

Debunks The Deflections And Lies That Minimize Victims And Obscure The Truth

Matthew Remski’s writing has been an invaluable resource to me in educating myself about my own privilege and the power differentials that have shaped the yoga industry. In Practice and All is Coming, he uncovers the full breadth and depth of the abuse that has been a dirty secret for so long, debunks the deflections and lies that minimize victims and obscure the truth, and offers us actionable ways to change the culture of yoga and beyond. Through this piercing text, we are confronted with not only our own complicity but the cult-dynamics and stark injustice that have undermined the soul of yoga in the modern world. Remski’s comprehensive consideration of the issues, and careful presentation of useful insights, offers us the possibility to heal, and potentially unlocks the keys to a new paradigm in which people enjoy the respect that all human beings deserve. J. Brown, Yoga teacher, writer and podcaster at jbrownyoga.com.

J Brown … Yoga teacher, writer and podcaster.

The First Step In Healing Is Acknowledging That There Is A Problem

The future of yoga depends on our ability to reconcile a past fraught with abuse and injury. If we ignore the pain that was caused in the name of yoga, our communal body will never heal. Yoga will go the way of step aerobics and the power of the teachings will evaporate into the history books. The first step in healing is acknowledging that there is a problem, and that is what Matthew Remski so powerfully demonstrates in “Practice and All is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond.” This is a text that can heal the wounds of yoga and allow us to re-imagine it as a safe practice for everyone, free from abuse and injury. Jivana Heyman, Founder and Director of Accessible Yoga.

Jivana Heyman … Founder and Director of Accessible Yoga.

Should Be Required Reading For Every Yoga Teacher Training

Matthew Remski was one of the first teachers to speak out on social media about physical and emotional injury and trauma in yoga. In doing so, he created a safe space for people to connect with each other over shared experiences and ultimately heal their own trauma. His book Practice and All is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond sheds light on the sexual and physical assault that has taken place in the yoga community, while providing a resource that helps teachers and students recognize when they may be in an unsafe situation and empowers them to protect themselves. This book should be required reading for every yoga teacher training.

Trina Altman … BA, E-RYT 500, PMA-CPT Creator of Yoga Deconstructed© and Pilates Deconstructed©

The Implications Are Essential For All Of Us Who Practice Modern Yoga

In this important and powerful book, Matthew Remski not only provides a platform for many of the women who were sexually and physically abused by celebrated yoga “guru” Pattabhi Jois to speak in their own voices about what they experienced, but he also gives us the context for understanding why this abuse went unrecognized and/or was covered up for so many years. The implications are essential for all of us who practice modern yoga because the truth is that this type of abuse is not limited to any one particular lineage or school of yoga. And it is time for us all to rethink the “traditional” relationship of the yoga teacher and the student, to reform the organizations that oversee our yoga schools, and to find a new way forward.

Nina Zolotow … Editor in Chief of the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog and co-author of Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being.

Lays Bare The Toxic Dynamic Of Manipulation, Indoctrination, Negation, And Deception

Trouble in yoga paradise . . . In this lucid, measured, incisive and compassionate book, Matthew Remski lays bare the toxic dynamic of manipulation, indoctrination, negation, and deception that oftentimes undergirds guru worship in such complex social systems as the yoga subculture. As he demonstrates, when enabled by their cult followers, mulabandha-adjusting spiritual autocrats posing as enlightened beings can prove just as toxic to the broader culture as pussy-grabbing political demagogues posing as successful real estate developers. More than an expose of the sexual predations of a renowned guru figure, Remski has also provided the yoga community with a road map to self-healing and closure.

David Gordon White … Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara.

A Great Service To Ashtanga Yoga

Matthew has done a great service to Ashtanga Yoga by writing this book. It does not make for easy reading.I had come to believe that Pattabhi Jois, or ‘Guruji’ as I came to refer to him, was a great man, a wise Yogi, a Guru.Matthew confronts us with the evidence of a different narrative and challenges us to look hard at what we have come to believe about Pattabhi Jois and the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.He shines a light not only on serial sexual abuse perpetrated by Pattabhi Jois but also on disturbing cult like behaviour of senior members of the Ashtanga Yoga community. Many of these people were aware of his actions and acted to keep it out of the public eye to protect the image of their perfect ‘Guruji’.This book offers an opportunity to revisit how we teach and share Ashtanga Yoga, how we interact and relate to our students, how we create and hold safe spaces and how we use appropriate touch and physical adjustments in the Yoga shala.This book is a must-read for all students and teachers of Ashtanga Yoga. Andy Gill, yoga Teacher.

Andy Gill … Yoga Teacher

A Wonderfully Rich And Up-To-Date Synthesis Of Data And Practical Information

Matthew Remski opens a window into a part of the yoga world most people have never seen – a world where trusting seekers with open minds and full hearts are cruelly betrayed. He explores how this happens, what the sometimes debilitating and pervasive after-effects can be, and how to heal from it all. By interviewing many former followers and experts in the field, Matthew offers the reader a wonderfully rich and up-to-date synthesis of data and practical information. His book is unique, as it provides a significant amount of hard-hitting personal stories and facts while simultaneously being infused with sensitivity and an awareness of the impact these can have on those reading the book who have been through trauma. I will certainly be recommending this book to my clients and colleagues.

Rachel Bernstein … LMFT, Educator and Therapist, Cult Specialist, Host of the “IndoctriNation” podcast

Refutes The Notion That It’s Just A ‘Few Bad Apples’ …

My first yoga teacher said to us, “Yoga is in the relationship.” Matthew Remski reminds us of this when he writes, “of the many things yoga practice is, it is a delivery device for relationship patterns.” Unfortunately, for too long dysfunctional and abusive relationships have been the norm throughout the modern yoga community. Remski examines the myriad forces and conditions that have allowed this travesty of yoga to continue and refutes the notion that it’s just a ‘few bad apples,’ by showing the systemic structures that create the conditions for continued abuse. And then he goes a step better and presents practices for cultivating transparent, horizontal relationships that – if adopted – will go a long way to changing the culture for the better. In the light of the #metoo movement when we have been told to “listen to women,” it is already beyond the time we must center and listen to the victims of abuse and de-throne the abusers. I hope that even his detractors will come to realize that we all benefit from the breaking of the spell that has kept us enchanted for too long.

Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio … Author of Mindfulness Yoga.

Few Other Books … Ask … How Sincere Non-Indian Practitioners Might Be In Wise Relationship With The Ancient Lineages Of Yoga

As globalized convert yoga finally recovers from the drunken honeymoon of orientalist cultural appropriation it enjoyed for a century or so, it finds itself sober and shocked, #MeToo revelations toppling school after school. Matthew Remski’s deep reporting here on just one of these tragedies offers not a simple indictment of Pattabhi Jois’s person or teaching, but a broad-reaching call for the best of Western theory and activism to be brought to a problem created by colonial encounter and resolvable only by changing the terms of that encounter. The book, like the yoga it deconstructs, unfolds “a vinyasa of meanings,” moving between the psychodynamic implications of the guru-student tradition and the harm-reduction practices that could both preserve and irrevocably change it. Most importantly, Remski centers the voices of women, using his position to witness and amplify their narratives in their own words. Few other books from within the convert yoga community ask so fluently and humbly how sincere non-Indian practitioners might be in wise relationship with the ancient lineages of Yoga, and the culture that developed them. Few outside it describe a tragedy of the modern colonial encounter with such an intimate and heart-rending precision.

Sean Feit Oakes … PhD

Sensitive And Subtle

I welcome the powerful voices of the courageous, truth-speaking women that are heard so clearly in this valuable study. I applaud Matthew’s sensitive and subtle exposure of power imbalance, and his impeccable intentions to bring the voices from the margins to the centre. I give thanks that his moral compass guided him to reveal a crucial issue at the heart of modern yoga, and I hope that everyone who has ever shown up to a yoga class reads this book. I recommend it as required reading for every yoga teacher training course on the planet. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Ph.D., PhD, author of Yoni Shakti: A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom Through Yoga and Tantra.

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli … Ph.D., PhD, author of Yoni Shakti.

Cutting Through The Gauzy Mystique Of The Yoga Industry

An utterly shocking exposé of the fascinating, messy relationships between yoga, narcissism, systems of control, and charismatic leadership. The author usefully synthesizes Attachment Theory and current research on cult dynamics, cutting through the gauzy mystique of the yoga industry with a strong analysis of power, rank, and privilege. Both sensitive and searing, Remski’s critique is a tour de force that provides a much-needed public health service to yoga practitioners and teachers alike.

Carmen Spagnola … Somatic Trauma Recovery Practitioner and host of The Numinous Podcast.

A Must Read! 

In this impeccably researched work, Matthew Remski shines a searing light on yoga’s many intentions, myths and pitfalls, deftly illuminating the potential for individual and collective trauma when power, deception and blind faith eclipse self-inquiry. A must read!

B Grace Bullock … PhD, author of Mindful Relationships.

Sad That Many Ashtangis Will Miss Its Urgent Message

I feel fortunate to have read Practice and All is Coming, and sad that many Ashtangis will miss its urgent message given the harsh criticisms voiced in anticipation of its publication. Thankfully Matthew is generous in providing the necessary disclaimers (as one should when critiquing any method that has helped and benefited so many) to prevent any stereotyping of “Ashtangis” — which is why the only thing this book demands of its reader is to get out of his/her own way. Matthew does not undermine the Ashtanga method, just the out-of-this-world interpretations of it — thanks to people who refuse to employ critical thinking on these matters he describes so thoroughly.

Mira Shihadeh … Ashtanga Yoga Cairo

Contains Insights For All Of Us

For those of us comfortably supported by the yoga world it is never easy to read Remski, but for this very reason it is essential that we do. Practice and All is Coming is a thorough exploration of the discontents of the ashtanga yoga community, and by extension it contains insights for all of us who attempt to cohere through therapeutic and spiritual practices. The strength of our work, Remski has long argued, is dependent upon how thoroughly we can explore our shadows. Here we have a manual for doing just that. Adam Grossi, author of Wind Through Quiet Tensions.

Adam Grossi … Author of Wind Through Quiet Tensions.

I Am So Grateful That Finally, Remski Offers Us A Way Forward

Starting with the first principle of yoga which is non-harming (ahimsa), and applying the clear seeing of meditation (dhyana), Remski offers us a framework for understanding how confusion and messiness around lineage and power has led to so much pain and suffering inside the world of yoga. This is also a guidebook in the yogic principle of self-study (svadyaya) helping us all look honestly at ourselves and our community. I am so grateful that finally, Remski offers us a way forward — with both practical means and inspiration – to remind us that yoga is a living practice and in the end, always about relationship.

Cyndi Lee … Author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind; OM yoga Today; OM yoga, A Guide to Daily Practice; OM at Home, A Yoga Journal; and the OM Yoga in a Box series.

Relevant to Every Yoga Lineage

This is a horrifying and necessary tale that all current yoga practitioners and teachers need to know and reckon with. Jois and Ashtanga had a significant influence on what yoga is today in the U.S. and worldwide-from the ethics practices of teachers, to the way we pedestal (and isolate) teachers, to assists, to studio culture. This centers Ashtanga yoga, but as Remski suggests, it is relevant to every yoga lineage, and of course we know that it’s culture-wide. Remski recognizes the qualities of isolation, lack of agency, victim-blaming, and silencing present in these survivors’ accounts as implicit in rape culture-the responsibility therefore extends beyond the “perpetrators”, and falls on all of our shoulders as bystanders and participants in “yoga community”. We need to face and discuss this history and that of any harm in order to move into the true promise of living out yogic teachings-one of harmlessness, integrity, generosity, non-attachment, and the wise use of sexual energies.

Jacoby Ballard … Yoga Teacher and Social Justice Educator

Extremely Helpful Ideas About How We Can Inoculate Ourselves Against Abuse Cultures

The last decade has been an uncomfortable one for those of us who have been born into fortunate situations in life. The fortunate are rarely self motivated to ask the questions that the less fortunate have to ask of themselves everyday. One area that has exploded into consciousness in the last year is that of the treatment of women by men and the casual sexual and psychological abuse they have tolerated for generations. Matthews book is a thorough exploration of how this has happened in the yoga world, starting with his growing awareness of what was happening, followed by heart wrenching testimony from some of the abused, and finishing with extremely helpful ideas about how we can inoculate ourselves against abuse cultures, and perhaps more importantly how we can start to build cultures that are safe and productive for all of us. This is a much needed book book arriving at precisely the right time, teacher training courses would do well to incorporate it into their syllabus. Peter Blackaby, osteopath, author of Intelligent Yoga.

Peter Blackaby … Osteopath, author of Intelligent Yoga.

Contains Crucial Insight And Concrete Tools

Not just for yoga practitioners, this book shines a harsh light on harmful patterns that are far too common, as well, in polyamorous, kinky, and sex-positive scenes, themselves replete with their own predatory ‘gurus.’ It contains crucial insight and concrete tools for anyone who cares about creating healthy, abuse-resilient groups of any sort — even startup founders could learn something here. I want everyone who is or dreams of being part of a ‘community’ to go read it right now.

Eve Rickert … Co-author of More Than Two.

A Heartbreaking And Illuminating Read

Matthew Remski has written a painstaking and unflinching book that details multiple women’s first person accounts of sexual abuse at the hands of Ashtanga Yoga founder K. Pattabhi Jois, and the subsequent denial and cover up within his community. This is a vital read that highlights the courage of the women who came forward within a culture of cognitive dissonance, unquestioning obedience, and magical thinking, in which pain is re-labeled as healing, injury as opening, and isolation as enlightenment. At the same time, Remski thoughtfully navigates how yoga teachers and practitioners can continue to practice yoga today in all forms, while acknowledging the darker side of its origins. A heartbreaking and illuminating read.

Sarah Court … PT, DPT, e-RYT.

ESSENTIAL to The Evolution of Yoga

Thank you Matthew Remski and the courageous women who have stepped forward to offer this pivotal work. Practice and All is Coming is a service to humanity, to the yoga world-at-large, to long-time practitioners and future generations so that we can evolve into cultivating a safe space that all beings deserve. This incredibly thorough, sensitive and somatically sophisticated work is ESSENTIAL to the evolution of yoga for the maturity to unpack the shadow of abuse, body-image distortion and power-dynamics effecting many without conscious awareness of these undercurrents, while also recommending best practices and a PRISM method to move forward so that we may work towards ending abuse of all forms and transforming dominance-structures so that all beings are respected, safe and empowered in their journey of embodiment.

Shiva Rea … Author, Tending the Heart Fire and founder Samudra Global School for Living Yoga.

Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think that they think; and ninety-five percent would rather die than think, G. B. Shaw once remarked. David McAmmond, President of The Yoga Association of Alberta, author of A Practical Guide: Yoga Therapy for Backs.

David McAmmond … President of The Yoga Association of Alberta, author of A Practical Guide: Yoga Therapy for Backs

Of Particular Note … Is The Empathy, Sensitivity And Respect

Matthew Remski has authored a remarkable book. His fair examination of some of the cultish and dogmatic elements in yogic culture—and the impact they’ve had on women, in particular — is erudite, well-researched and engaging. But what’s of particular note in his work is the empathy, sensitivity and respect he takes in addressing the abuse inherent in authoritarian systems. In doing so, he’s created a testament to those whose lives have been directly impacted by such abuses of power.

Carrie Owerko … Senior Level Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Laban Movement Analyst, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist.

Provides Hope For Healing The Confusion And Anguish That Arise In The Heart Of Sincere Practitioners When They Are Betrayed

While Mathew Remski is the courageous, insightful, and compassionate author of this informative, challenging, and thought-provoking book, this book is clearly a group effort. Equal parts theory, training manual, expose, and memoir, Practice and All is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond … is a foray into the difficult topics of personal agency, spirituality authority, and cult dynamics. In addition to his clearly articulated understanding of the problems inherent in many spiritual schools, Mathew provides hope for healing the confusion and anguish that arise in the heart of sincere practitioners when they are betrayed by the revered powers in which they have placed their trust. If you practice or teach yoga, please consider this book an essential companion on your path.

Christina Sell … Author of Yoga From the Inside Out, My Body is a Temple, and A Deeper Yoga.

Herculean Effort … Truly Commendable

The book ‘Practice and All is Coming’ is a result of the herculean effort by Matthew Remski in giving a voice to and unearthing the rampant, darkest, dirtiest, disturbing open secret in the yoga world.

The painstaking work — research and interviews — has helped open the floodgates and is truly commendable and will serve as a foundation for setting better mechanisms for prevention of abuse in the name of spiritual practices and even in other walks of life.

Dr. Nivedita Pingle … MBBS, Yoga Vidnyan Visharad.

Hard To Ignore … Impossible To Brush Off … A Delight To Read

The voice of the victim is often buried deep. Not just in spiritual communities but inside every one of us. Perhaps that is why most of us fail so miserably in really listening to the kinds of stories that can only be told from that particular voice. We cut them off before they begin, we explain, interrupt, belittle, blame or turn away. All of it to avoid facing the vulnerability of the victim as our own.For that reason, I’m quite convinced this book will ruffle some feathers. It may also do a lot more than that. The rock-solid research, the high-quality material, the clarity of analysis and the unflinching commitment to transparency makes Remski’ s work hard to ignore and impossible to brush off. This book marks a new chapter in the history of modern yoga. One that bears witness to the beginning of healing process long overdue. It´s also a delight to read, by the way.

Birgitte Gorm Hansen … Yoga Teacher, Psychologist, PhD.

Strongly Recommend It To All Yoga Professionals

This is a potent treatise, bringing well-needed thoughtful and measured scrutiny to a controversial subject. Remski provides a thorough exposition of one of the icons of modern yoga – not to simply critique or discredit, but more to examine possible solutions to the unveiled issues. The book itself is part of the solution, in that it provides a platform enabling previously-muted voices to be heard. In response to these voices, he goes on to construct a research-grounded framework that elevates safety and inclusivity. This could be the means to propel the field of yoga forward with more integrity, and indeed, more authenticity.

This book should be considered required reading for all those involved in yoga therapy training, and I strongly recommend it to all yoga professionals as well.

Cassi Kit … Director, Faculty, & Administrative Coordinator: School of Embodied Yoga Therapy, Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT, PYT)

Well-Researched Exploration Of The Dynamics Of Concealment And Abuse Within Yoga

“Matthew’s well-researched exploration of the dynamics of concealment and abuse within yoga communities, and sexual abuse by the late Pattabhi Jois in particular, challenges our individual reluctance to speak out against abuse cloaked as spiritual authority. The mental gymnastics employed by so many in order to avoid confronting the hard truths discussed in this work are equaled only by the physical contortions required within the practice of Ashtanga Yoga itself. This book works like an effective cognitive, rather than physical, adjustment – exposing misaligned values, compartmentalization and denial. It provides space for those affected to have their voices heard, and goes a long way in the attempt to understand the process of deception, entanglement and abuse.”

Daniel Clement … Director – Open Source Yoga.

Unacknowledged for too long …determined and unflinching

Unacknowledged for too long, Remski asks us to bear witness to the travesties perpetuated by some of yoga’s most celebrated teachers. Heartbreaking as it is, we learn through his determined and unflinching look at the mechanics of deception, and thus shattered, we witness the stunning capacity of some of the victims to rise and make visible what has only lain in shadow. Illuminated by their courage, Remski, a tireless scholar, asks more of us yet; to sharpen our discernment and determination in creating, over and over, everyday and for every-body, a safe, caring and ethically sound yoga practice that yes, carries a history of the inhumane and might yet, through our brokenheartedness, celebrate our humanity.

Anne Pitman … MSc, C-IAYT, is a Director of the School of Embodied Yoga Therapy and a Yoga Therapist at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.

Incredibly Thoughtful And Thorough Examination

I had many mixed emotions reading Practice and All is Coming, Matthew Remski’s incredibly thoughtful and thorough examination of Pattabhi Jois’ legacy and the potential for harm in yoga circles. It is particularly important and timely as yoga as a business continues to grow, and the pool of experienced teachers, versed in historical, social, cultural and political influences continues to diminish. Having been a dedicated Ashtangi, a student at one of the schools mentioned, and close friends and peers with several of the students named in the book, reading it brought back a barrage of memories, the smells, sounds and sensations of the practice room, the huge gyms filled with devoted students ready to kneel at the feet of Pattabhi Jois, and the culture of competition, striving, and overriding physical discomfort and pain to proceed to the next level. The questions for discernment throughout the book can be a starting point for anyone wanting to enter into that process of questioning, critical thinking and self-knowledge. What came up for me the most was the recollection that, while I could see how the inherent conflicts in the practice, the dangerous adjustments, the hard in-group/out-group lines, the fear and reverence of the teachers, I still wanted to be there, I still craved the sensations of the practice, almost like a drug that while I could see its harm, I still sought it with passion and I truly believed that it was the one great “yoga,” all others being for less dedicated – and less capable – students. Nearly two decades later, having long abandoned the “cult” of Ashtanga, I see three key lessons to be examined in continued practice and teaching of yoga. First, we must as students learn to better recognize when we are perpetuating harm while benefiting – physically, emotionally, or psychologically – from a practice. Second, as teachers we must come to understand that students can be telling us that something is ok, when it really is not. This does not ask us to be mind readers, but to be deeply discerning in ourselves – why are we putting our hands on another person, what is the ego benefit to us as the teacher, and how do we present ourselves all the time, not just in the yoga room. How do we treat others? How do we acknowledge our mistakes? How do we deal with money and practicalities of business while remaining steadfast in our personal integrity, rooted in our personal practice? These bring me to the third and most important lesson: what is our personal practice? Is it simple “hitting the mat” when things get challenging? Is it spouting off yama and niyama in response to a nuanced, complex conflict? Is it sitting down and listening to a 20 minute guided visualization on the internet? I would argue that just “doing our practice” – if our practice is not anchored in profound self-inquiry and relationship to divine presence – will never result in “all” coming. It will result only in a doubling down of our own egos and righteousness, a moral licensing that will continue to blind us to what is really happening, in ourselves and with our students, but more than anything, will rob us of the greatest gift that yoga has to offer, a relationship with self and a relationship with divine presence.

Molly Lannon Kenny, founder and director, The Samarya Center.

Molly Lannon Kenny … Founder and director, The Samarya Center

Deception Sits As A Central Theme In The Book

Remski’s book is of great importance to anyone who wishes to see the practice of yoga continue to evolve to include the contemporary understandings of trauma theory and attachment theory as well as anyone interested in relational dynamics, period. In being transparent about his own process of recognizing how his capacity to hear the stories of survivors was limited through living within a culture that replicates the silencing dynamics of interpersonal trauma, he offers us a pathway to recognize how our own actions or inaction may be complicit in furthering systemic harm, as well as ways to take steps individually and collectively towards greater transparency, clarity and safety. Deception sits as a central theme in the book, in stark contrast to the prioritizing of ‘truth’ often considered a key theme in yoga classes and texts, giving us the reader plenty to meditate on should we wish to integrate any spiritual practice we might have with clear-sighted critical thinking. I left each reading with a deep appreciation for the power that speaking the previously unspeakable can have, and the ways in which just as harm is often created/compounded collectively, so too can healing be furthered through relationship and supportive community.

Sarah Holmes de Castro … Drector of programs, Yoga Outreach, yoga therapist, Fine Balance Yoga & Facilitator & trainer in TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga). Hover over any title to select, then click or touch to reveal content.

Blog Posts

Accessible Yoga Blog: Interview with Donna Noble, guest on the Accessible Yoga Blog and founder of CurveSomeYoga.

Online Articles

KQED Articles: Matthew Remski quoted as an expert source.

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KQED Manouso-Manos-Article

La Presse Article: Matthew Remski was interviewed during the research for this article.

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Lapresse article on excesses of yoga

Podcasts

“Those Wounds Are A Kind Of Ink.” Conversation with Rachel Bernstein on her IndoctriNation Podcast (Part 1)

Transcript and podcast also available here.

“A Hamster Wheel of Self-Help.” Conversation with Rachel Bernstein on IndoctriNation Podcast (Part 2).

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“Addressing And Preventing Sexual Violence in Yoga” Karen Rain Interviewed on Yoga International Podcast

This whole interview is valuable listening. Two sections relate to this book: 1) the introduction and a few minutes from 40 minutes. The player could not be embedded. Click the image to listen on Yoga International’s website.Yoga-International-Podcast-IMage

Videos

Yoga, Cults and Control:  Excerpts from a public presentation. (UK 2019) with Matthew Remski & Dr. Alexandra Stein Ph.D. (12 min)

The Crisis in Modern Yoga and Buddhism: Cyndi Lee discusses The Abuse Crisis in Modern Yoga and Buddhism (+ transcript) (40 mins)

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Interview with Josh Summers on MeaningofLife.tv

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