Happy Birthday, Manouso!

Manouso says that some people say he’s a better storyteller than yoga teacher. I’m not sure anybody actually says that, but I appreciate how he uses storytelling to drive a yoga point home. It works. His 69th birthday was Saturday. On Friday his assistants decorated the walls behind them with birthday wishes after counting downContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Manouso!”

#Truth Part 2

Just a short blog recap of events– in 2018, a CIYT complained that she had been groped by Manouso in a public yoga class in 2013, in which I happened to be a participant. This woman threatened in her original complaint that she would take her story to the media and she made good onContinue reading “#Truth Part 2”

Iyengar Yoga Politics

What happened at the US Capitol Wednesday reminded me of the last Iyengar yoga convention in Dallas. Herd mentality and conspiracy theories don’t mix well, just as herd mentality and righteous yogis dripping in white privilege don’t mix. I hear the words…”Don’t be a sheep”. Manouso responded in the most beautiful of ways with aContinue reading “Iyengar Yoga Politics”

Tribute to BKS Iyengar

Every class Manouso teaches is a tribute to BKS Iyengar, and this was especially so on Monday, December 14–BKS Iyengar’s birthday. The guru would have been 102 years old. I continue to be amazed by Manouso’s artistry in weaving together a yoga class that leaves me awestruck. On Monday, Iyengar’s birthday, Manouso led us throughContinue reading “Tribute to BKS Iyengar”

Iyengar Yoga is so WOKE!

What would Geeta Iyengar think? I think it was Geeta who said, “There can be no Iyengar yoga without touch.” Happy Birthday Geeta. May your teachings and BKS Iyengar’s teachings survive Iyengar yoga.

#TRUTH

I’ve taken a break from writing this blog for no other reason than I have been busy. Obviously blog writing is not my source of income, it’s just my way of taking action against something I feel is hugely unjust against someone I consider amazingly generous and giving. Such is life, but sometimes standing idlyContinue reading “#TRUTH”

HIP, HIP, HYPOCRISY!

Wow, what a sequence Manouso taught yesterday! I always appreciate a good hip sequence, and Manouso is second to none when it comes to Iyengar yoga therapeutics. The sequence was focused on strengthening the outer buttock/outer upper thigh to stabilize the femur in the hip socket. He had the 600 or so students (my estimate)Continue reading “HIP, HIP, HYPOCRISY!”

Allegations Against Manouso Manos

IYNAUS continued to solicit complaints about Manouso after the one-sided report was published. In a two week span, I received three official Iyengar communications soliciting complaints about Manouso. The fact that Manouso denied and continues to deny the charges was conspicuously absent from all these communications. I am not alone in my opinion that theContinue reading “Allegations Against Manouso Manos”

The Truth is a Moving Target

In early 2018, two CIYTs from Nashville, Tennessee made a poster for Manouso. It was a gesture of gratitude for Manouso’s teachings and a little tongue and cheek nod to his status as a “rockstar” yogi, an image he had no interest in cultivating. They chose the tag line “The Truth is a Moving Target”Continue reading “The Truth is a Moving Target”

AT LAST

“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox from her 1914 poem- “Protest” At last, a senior Iyengar yoga teacher musters the courage to write a requiem for the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles and gives us a little glimpse at the underbelly of Iyengar yogaContinue reading “AT LAST”