How much are you willing to hide and lie to keep your Iyengar yoga certification?

Do you find your fellow teachers guilty of the “crimes” of having the opinion that IYNAUS’s Manouso report is flawed and, based on that opinion, continuing their study with Manouso during their off-duty hours? And do you, therefore, judge your fellow teachers as being unethical, and do you support (as Abhi intends) their decertification andContinue reading “How much are you willing to hide and lie to keep your Iyengar yoga certification?”

The Decline of Iyengar Yoga

There are many reasons for the rapid decline of Iyengar yoga. No doubt the global pandemic has contributed. For years it has been required that certified Iyengar yoga teachers (CIYTS) of a certain level travel to India to study with the Iyengar family, but not only has the global pandemic curtailed the travel to India,Continue reading “The Decline of Iyengar Yoga”

Manouso Manos and Me Too

Manouso, as usual, taught a brilliant class today. I continue to be amazed at his ability to inspire and challenge me on a daily basis five days a week for well over a year. My middle back especially thanks him today as I slump over my laptop writing this blog. I’ve noticed an uptick onContinue reading “Manouso Manos and Me Too”

RIP the Abode of Iyengar Yoga

All things must pass. The pandemic has ravaged the world and things will never be the same. Many yoga studios have stood empty for over a year and students and teachers have grown accustomed to virtual classes. A WAPO article revealed that health and fitness equipment revenue more than doubled, to $2.3 billion, from MarchContinue reading “RIP the Abode of Iyengar Yoga”

Just Thank You.

It’s been nearly a year since Manouso started his daily online classes. What a godsend they have been for so many of us. I don’t think any of us could ever have imagined that a pandemic would afflict our entire planet, cloister us in our homes for months on end, and transform how we do school, shop, socialize,Continue reading “Just Thank You.”

Iyengar Yoga Intimidation

Several years ago I was in a Manouso workshop at IYILA (the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles). I was sitting toward the front of the class and watched as a thin student approached Manouso and introduced herself as a student of Patricia Walden’s (the only other teacher who holds the same certificate as ManousoContinue reading “Iyengar Yoga Intimidation”

Iyengar Yoga Adjustments

BKS Iyengar adjusting and instructing Manouso that the perineum should not move toward the anal mouth in parsva sirsana (headstand) during the master class taught by Manouso Manos at the Yoga Journal Iyengar Yoga Intensive in Estes Park, Colorado in 2005. Over eight-hundred people attended. You may view the entire class here, and purchase theContinue reading “Iyengar Yoga Adjustments”

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”