Is Iyengar Yoga a Cult?

The letter below was widely circulated and was re-written as an official complaint by the author. It was ignored by the institute to which it was sent. Hi Manouso,I am writing you because I received the letter you’ve recently written (looks like around 2/5).  Thank you for, as always, being the voice of sanity!I’m sorryContinue reading “Is Iyengar Yoga a Cult?”

Manouso Manos Yoga

“The world would be a happier place than it is if acquisitiveness were always stronger than rivalry. But in fact, a great many men will cheerfully face impoverishment if they can thereby secure complete ruin for their rivals. ” From Bertrand Russell’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech The world will never be the same. The COVID-19 pandemicContinue reading “Manouso Manos Yoga”

Abhijata Iyengar’s Letter

So along the way, the team (YP, Yoga Police, The Advocate, Crystal Dildo Girl and the original accuser) accumulated a few followers who were more than happy to jump on the bandwagon, many of them never having taken a class with Manouso. They went to great lengths on social media to call out anyone, especiallyContinue reading “Abhijata Iyengar’s Letter”

Taking Care of Humanity

Moral courage is the ability to distinguish right from wrong and having so distinguished it, be prepared to say so, irrespective of the views held by your superiors or subordinates and of consequences to yourself. Moral superiority is the belief or attitude that one’s position and actions are justified by having higher moral values than others. It can referContinue reading “Taking Care of Humanity”

Manouso Manos Allegations

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 “Manouso Manos Allegations”

Manouso Manos Workshop Chicago 2018

I was in Chicago on business in November 2018, three weeks after the independent investigation was launched, and so I registered for Manouso’s workshop which was being held at the studio owned by the IYNAUS president. I don’t know the yoga community in Chicago so I kept to myself. I was aware of a devotedContinue reading “Manouso Manos Workshop Chicago 2018”

Who is Manouso Manos?

If you saw Manouso on the street you would never guess in a million years that he is a gifted yoga teacher. He’s almost always dressed in a white polo, the same dad sweater, blue slacks, and non-descript black shoes that tie not slip on. These days he looks more and more like a grandpaContinue reading “Who is Manouso Manos?”

THE IYNAUS ETHICS COMMITTEE

The Ethics Committee who handled the orginal compaint against Manouso was comprised of four capable and intelligent women. The chair of the Ethics Committe has a Ph.D in Forensics and is a consummate professional. After watching the vitriolic scourge of incorrect and inflammatory assertions about Manouso on social media, I was relieved when the EthicsContinue reading “THE IYNAUS ETHICS COMMITTEE”

The Iyengar Yoga Police

Over the years, I have noticed in increase in the high-mindedness of yoga practictioners, especially in the Iyengar yoga community, which already feels superior to other yoga systems. I blame social media. Previously, there was no avenue for yoga practitioners to post perfect asana pictures captioned with a morally superior statement. It’s possible that theContinue reading “The Iyengar Yoga Police”

Manouso Manos Allegations and Geeta Iyengar

I love Geeta Iyengar so much. The first time I went to India to study at RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute) Geeta was not well and was not teaching. BKS Iyengar was not well either but would show up at the practice hall. I had waited a long time to go to India to studyContinue reading “Manouso Manos Allegations and Geeta Iyengar”