Iyengar Yoga and COVID-19

I love Iyengar yoga as I understand it from the teachings of BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, and Manouso Manos and a few other teachers I have had along the way, who I will not mention so they do not get hassled. Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar is a fine teacher, and she may very well develop theContinue reading “Iyengar Yoga and COVID-19”

Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar

Truth always rests with the minority… because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion. Soren Kierkegaard Abhijata Iyengar is teaching an online yoga class this week. Only IYNAUS members are eligble to take theContinue reading “Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar”

Inconvenient Satya

It’s been a few days since the drop-dead date for CIYT’s to declare their allegiance to IYNAUS. This is such a paradox considering yoga means union. While the letter posted above was being painstakingly composed by the senior teachers and their association IYNAUS, the coronvirus was spreading across America. Several weeks later we would findContinue reading “Inconvenient Satya”

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”

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”

THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF MANOUSO MANOS

The only advice, indeed, that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions. -Virginia Woolf Maybe it’s just coincidence that IYNAUS selected an independent investigator recommended by Yoga Alliance and then joined forces with YogaContinue reading “THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF 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 YEAR OF YOGA HATE! MANOUSO MANOS ALLEGATIONS

My Iyengar yoga practice changed a lot in the year 2019. The shift came when in 2018 a student a longtime student of Manouso’s filed a sexual assault complaint against him for an adjustment in a public class in 2013. Initially the accuser opted for anonymity , then violated a confidentiality agreement with the EthicsContinue reading “THE YEAR OF YOGA HATE! MANOUSO MANOS ALLEGATIONS”