“There’s been a quantum leap technologically in our age, but unless there’s another quantum leap in human relations, unless we learn to live in a new way towards one another, there will be a catastrophe.”Albert Einstein
The former Director of Operation at IYNAUS (Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States) is circulating a letter detailing what she calls abuses of power of the current President of IYNAUS. Excerpts from the letter below:
To provide brief background information: I experienced consistent aggressive behavior from the current IYNAUS President for over two years. In late 2021 and early 2022, the IYNAUS Executive Council (EC) conducted an investigation into the actions and conduct of the IYNAUS President after two former board members submitted documentation of unethical behavior. In addition to these two board members, I know the EC member leading the investigation had conversations with multiple other former board members about the IYNAUS President.
The letter outlined many detailed alleged transgressions. The words hostile and aggressive were used multiple times. The letter ended with a call to action for IYNAUS members.
At its heart, IYNAUS should not be about a select few in power. In 2022, we should not use or condone aggressive, hostile, or abusive communication. I know that there are board members who want things to go differently and care deeply about creating a more positive, caring environment. However, I think that fighting the established power hierarchy proved to be too difficult.
I encourage everyone in the IYNAUS community to demand change and volunteer to be part of that change. Demand that IYNAUS leadership and policies exemplify the values of yoga. Members have the power to remove unethical leaders (see excerpt from bylaws below). Demand transparency from IYNAUS leadership. I posted public board meeting minutes under Member Benefits when I had access to them. There are multiple board and EC meeting minutes I have never seen. Members should demand to see them. Demand an annual member meeting, even during non-convention years. Tell IYNAUS what you think it needs to do to be the future of Iyengar Yoga, and get involved in that future. With the right people leading the way, IYNAUS could be as amazing as Iyengar Yoga. If you know how IYNAUS could be better, volunteer—IYNAUS needs people like you to bust the “seed” open and grow anew.
Sigh. The seed is dead. There is no hate like Iyengar yoga hate.