Lots of people are going to be butt hurt over this article this week, but guess what…..the dude has done his homework and nothing he has written about all of the scandal in the yoga community is a lie….which is more than I can say for what John Friend teaches and preaches…..or any other McYoga Enterprise for that matter…..
The wholesome image of yoga took a hit in the past few weeks as a rising star of the discipline came tumbling back to earth. After accusations of sexual impropriety with female students, John Friend, the founder of Anusara, one of the world’s fastest-growing styles, told followers that he was stepping down for an indefinite period of “self-reflection, therapy and personal retreat.”
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CELEBRITY GURU Swami Muktananda had many thousands of devotees, including celebrities. A senior aide charged that he was a serial philanderer and sexual hypocrite.
Mr. Friend preached a gospel of gentle poses mixed with openness aimed at fostering love and happiness. But Elena Brower, a former confidante, has said that insiders knew of his “penchant for women” and his love of “partying and fun.”
Few had any idea about his sexual indiscretions, she added. The apparent hypocrisy has upset many followers.
“Those folks are devastated,” Ms. Brower wrote in The Huffington Post. “They’re understandably disappointed to hear that he cheated on his girlfriends repeatedly” and “lied to so many.”
But this is hardly the first time that yoga’s enlightened facade has been cracked by sexual scandal. Why does yoga produce so many philanderers? And why do the resulting uproars leave so many people shocked and distraught?
Fair warning today – I am on my soapbox. I read an article on YogaDaily this morning and yelled “W.T.F?!” so loud this morning, the dog burrowed under the bed, when I saw the tagline under the photo “Giants Win Thanks to Yoga” Seriously?! Logic would ask then if this were true, how could the other 45 teams who won their Superbowl rings ever done so without “yoga”?
Fellow “yogis” let me explain something to you about football…..and football players…..the ones who win championships do so because they have athletic talent and grace many of us were not blessed with, they work their asses off at practice, they work as a team, and have they great leadership. They do not win championships solely because they “practice yoga”. In essence, “yoga” did nothing to help the Giants win this year’s Superbowl (remember they did beat Patriots before, so I am guessing they know how to achieve their desired results without yoga, too).
A) Yoga is not a team sport – it is an individual practice that allows you to become more connected with your higher power, Source, Self, or God (insert the noun that fits you best here).
B) I have worked with many athletes through my teaching career and for the most part they enjoy “yoga” (aka the physical practice of asana) because it elevates their flexibility which in turn gives them more stamina.
C) The physical practice has NOTHING to do with Yoga – they could achieve the same results from stretching – which is I am guessing how those other 45 teams won Superbowls – they practiced, they stretched, they focused, and they have amazing talent.
Please, please, “yogis” – fortheloveofGAWD – get over yourselves – the Giants deserve credit for their Superbowl win…..you do not….
New Year, New 30 Day Challenge! Here is the recap of the 30 yoga postures we renamed over 30 days…..all of the other egomaniacal yoga teachers are doing it, so I guess I decided to join the bandwagon.
Day 1: Dead Bugs Pose will now be known as the Brazilian. Since I have not, nor ever will be a dead bug – I think it is stupid to expect me to “embody” one in a yoga class. However, for all of you who have been to see the sadistic little wax woman recently, you all know that this is the pose you must “embody” for a proper bikini wax.
Day 2: Downward Facing Dog is just too long to say – especially if you are a new teacher and your mentor is observing you teach your first class……the words just won’t come out. You are flustered, flushed, and fumbling. The ego breaks, you give up and say, “Oh screw it! Ass Up, Tits Down!” This is perfectly precise and more relatable, since I am not a dog, but I do have T&A……
Day 3: A friend of mine attended his first yoga retreat after never having practiced yoga….the evil instructor left his students in Prone Frog position for more than 30 minutes (remind me to never take that dude’s class, ok?) During that time, my friend’s thoughts vacillated from whether the pose was worse or the realization that in order to stop smoking he would have to give up drinking. Each one was equally horrible and when he couldn’t face the suffering from either one any longer he said would think about the other. When asked by the teacher, after class, if he had a breakthrough. My friend replied, “yea…..my crotch was burning through my pants!” Prone Frog shall now be known as Burning Crotch Asana.
Day 4: I would truly agree that Anandasana = Bliss Pose, especially if you conduct your yoga practice on a chaise lounge, dressed in a white gown, eating bon-bons, and drinking a martini. Maybe a better name would be the Marilyn Monroe Pose – I know I feel damn glamorous when I sit on a chaise lounge, dressed in a white gown, eating bon-bons, while drinking a martini – don’t you?
Day 5: Courtesy of LHC: I am well versed in the abuse of yoga terms being lofted about in an attempt for teachers to promote themselves as some spiritual guru. “Let’s do a Hiroshimaramasana (love when they can’t pronounce Hanumanasana, aka the dreaded SPLITS pose) to honor Krishna and Vishnu in a post-colonial bottled up and labeled kind of way and say “OMMMMMMM” while I secretly laugh at you (particularly you pathetically fat ass Kaphas) for simultaneously looking and sounding like vishnarashtakans [complete idiots]. Meanwhile, I’ll make a decision about which one of you drishnayamallamadingdong yogis [pointless sheep] I’ll be sleeping with before the end of the week, AND as a bonus, I’ll fleece you for $35.00 a session.”
Day 6: Let’s change Peacock (aka Mayurasana) to Pool Table Pose. When I go out with friends, on occasion I have one too many beers (which totals 2, because I am a complete lightweight), and I have to bust out my best party tricks. Inevitably, when this happens, Peacock is most easily attained by utilizing the sea-saw-like counterbalance action with the use of a pool table. Haven’t tried it? Grab a Guinness and Get You Some!
Day 7: Renaming Utkatasana to Using a Port-a-Potty-While-Holding-Your-Purse Pose. Ladies – I don’t think this needs any more explanation. Guys – Next time, we’d appreciate it if you offered to hold our purse.
Day 8: Change Yoganidrasana to Spin the Bottle Pose. For those of you capable of putting both of your feet behind your head, once achieved, add to the fun by asking someone to spin you around like you are a helpless stranded turtle flipped on its back! Additionally (per Ms. Tonya), we could also call it the Be My Baby’s Daddy Pose (guys – believe me, you are not original when you tell us it is a turn on that we are super bendy).
Day 9: Thanks to Ana Forrest, you can now practice Floor Bow (aka Dhanurasana) with a rolled up mat under your solar plexus. It is the most uncomfortable position for a backbend and makes one quite nauseous. Instead, I am calling it Pukeasana. In case you were contemplating, please do NOT practice this pose during your detox class after a heavy night of drinking – nor if you were dumb enough to eat a giant Chipotle burrito before class. We all thank you.
Day 10: Horse Pose – WTF did we start referring to a squat stance as horse pose? This is horse pose (aka Vatayanasana)! I have no idea why it was called horse pose, but I am changing it to LLT Pose (Lateral Ligament Tear pose is good for arthritis of the knee, my ass).
Day 11: Furthermore, when did we start calling this same squat stance Goddess Pose – is it a goddess or a horse – make up your damn minds you airy-fairy vattas! Ask any woman giving birth if she feels like a goddess in a baby squirting stance – NO she does not! Or a poor old man who is constipated – does HE feel like a Goddess??? NO! Instead, this is will be renamed Squirt-It-Out Pose.
Day 12: Okay, okay – if you are offended by babies and/or poop – then just rename that stupid Horse/Goddess/Squat whatever stance it is to the Sumo Wrestler Pose.
Day 13: Back to Anandasana (aka Bliss Pose) – gotta give credit to Don K. for the male variation of the pose. “If that’s the female glamorous then the male version is, sitting in a lazy boy, with a wife beater on, eating a moon pie, drinking Colt 45 in a can while Watching wrestling as they ponder how they can be the next Youtube star.” Don – I am adding on: with your hand stuck down your pants – better recognized as the Al Bundy Pose!
Day 14: Guys – did you read this article for “5 Yoga Poses to Cure Erectile Dysfunction” – in which a FEMALE is demonstrating all of the postures??? I busted out laughing at the irony. DUH, dudes – of course watching a woman do Half Camel (aka Ardha Ustrasana) will cure ED! Put that woman in similar skivvies as the stupid Equinox “Yoga” video, add a bucket of water and you have the newly renamed Flashdance Pose! Dolla dolla bill y’all!!
Day 15: I have always hated Boat Pose (aka Navasana), especially FULL Boat Pose (aka Paripurna Navasana). It does NOT strengthen your abs (just your psoas, yippee), it just hurts your butt! I am calling it the Butt Cracker Pose!
Day 16: Supta Konasana? NO! Ladies, a way to “Pay for College”? Definitely!
Day 17: Urdhva Kukkutasana is known as the Upward Cock Pose – yet there is nothing upward happening for this poor cock. If anything this is a groin pinching pose – but since only a few people can actually DO this posture, let’s just call it the “oh f**k you” pose (isn’t that what you are thinking if the teacher suggests doing this posture in class anyway?).
Day 18: Setu Bandhasana – now THIS should be Upward Cock Pose!
Day 19: Why am I renaming Vishvamitrasana the Scarlett O’Hara Pose? Frankly, I don’t give a damn why…..that’s what I am calling it.
Day 20: Ardha Uttanasana is a “half intense stretch”, unless you have heels on, then it is just the Shake That Thing Pose. Guys – we want to see you slip some heels on and try it….I highly recommend the leg warmers for added pizazz!
Day 21: There seems to be some debate about whether Eka Pada Galavasana translates to “Flying Crow Pose” or to “Flying Squirrel Pose”. To compare, here is a photo of a flying crow compared with a photo of a flying squirrel. Do they look similar to you?
Day 22: Now that we have established that a Flying Crow looks a bit different from a Flying Squirrel, maybe we can all agree that Eka Pada Galavasana actually looks more like a damn Unicorn! If you have any interest in dating one – here are some good reasons why you should consider it!
Day 23: I think Upavistha Konasana looks more like a flying squirrel! (or as Susan stated – a Star Wars Battle Ship!)
Day 24: There is no way this is Supta Kurmasana (aka Reclined Turtle Pose. WTF? Do turtles actually recline??) NO! This is I’m a Pretzel Pose!
Day 25: Bhujapidasana is now Bootyasana – that is pretty much where most people end up while attempting this posture anyway.
Day 26: Ustrasana (aka Camel Pose) is now simply the Suck It Pose
Day 27: Courtesy of Amarama: Paschimottanasana will now be known as the Smell Your Own Fart Pose (some people actually enjoy that…..what an interesting thing to think about that the next time you are in class….)
Day 28: Gas Station Urinalasana: courtesy of Steven Colbert: (FF to 4:16 in the video to begin explanation) PS – lululemon marketing fail!
Day 29: Standing Side Stretch = smell your pits pose
Day 30: If a teacher cues for “side crow” and you straighten your legs with knees on the elbows, you are no longer in SIDE CROW. Furthermore, when you kick your top leg back into my mouth, and I have been subjected to your nasty toe jam – you are no longer in SIDE CROW. These are three separate postures – ask your teacher if you are unsure WTF I am talking about – and your teacher doesn’t know either, go to another studio that doesn’t not believe in the mass production of mold infested studios or the industrialized assembly of mediocre fitness instructors.
Or rather it is my broken ass body that would agree with this recent article in the NY Times Magazine (which many of you have undoubtedly read and debated). Considering the fact that Yoga was taught exclusively to 13-year-old Indian Boys for hundreds of years before the British colonized the region, maybe we could consider the notion that Yoga is indeed NOT meant for everyone………..
A new year means I must find something new to be irreverent about. Beginning in January, I have partnered with Recovering Yogi on a monthly series entitled The McYoga Sutras. This is meant to be a guide for all of those aspiring to attain the coveted Rock Star Yogi Status. Read On……
Herein lies The McYoga Sutras, a four-chapter treatise, providing you, student, with the keys to enlightenment. Or at least the outward appearance of it, which is all that ever matters anyway. These four chapters, deliberately curated to render you an expert in under 200 hours (Yoga Alliance-certified!) are: Self Absorption, The Eight Limbs of McYoga, McYoga Economics and Becoming Extraordinary.
This jewel is being offered to you for a mere $120 per month, by the leaders of the Cult of the Self-Absorbed, Judgmental and the Obnoxious so that we may continue to fund our daily alcohol and opium rations, while spiritualizing your hypochondria, as our trust funds have now run out and we have been told to get real jobs. If you, too, lack any sort of professional or social skills, then please join the movement to avoid personal suffering and accountability, at all costs, while touting your path towards enlightenment to anyone bored enough with their own lives to listen to your overt story of denial.
Part 1: Self Absorption
1.1 Now begins the study and practice of McYoga
1.2 McYoga is merely for physical fitness and a means of manifesting money
1.3 The goal of McYoga is never spiritual, period, this is called self absorption
1.4 McYoga’s purpose is to teach the practitioner how to achieve self absorption and that self identity is an illusion to be overcome.
1.5 At other times, when one is not self absorbed, the follower appears to take on the form of five modifications to conjure the mentality within the McYoga clique
1.6 These five modifications manifest as misconception, gossip, detachment, narcissism, and allegiance
1.7 Misconception is an illusionary knowledge that attending a McYoga studio will help the practitioner live an extraordinary life
1.8 Gossip is the spread of false rumors about those who are “off our path” to standardization of the physical practice
1.9 The practitioner will partake in smoking various plants from the earth to become firmly rooted in complete detachment from reality in order to enjoy attending mind-numbing raves, aka “yoga festivals”
1.10 Narcissism is achieved when the practitioner realizes detachment from others will leave one completely fixated on his/her self
1.11 Allegiance is complete when the practitioner swears loyalty to McYoga as their sole provider of all forms of physical fitness and spends their income on a monthly membership, worthless trainings, mediocre lifestyle programs, and investing in future McYoga locations
1.12 These personality modifications will be mastered through practice and aversion
1.13 McYoga makes it easy to practice 2-3 times daily now that we have 50+ locations open in the US (and another 50 slated to open this year)
1.14 Aversion is realized when one believes that they because they subscribe to McYoga, they have somehow become a better person, all the while behaving like an egomaniacal, judgmental prick
1.15 From that practice, obstacles to successful aversion begin to disappear
1.16 These obstacles are awareness, wise knowledge, empathy, humility, wise action, and honor
1.17 Accompanying these obstacles are frustration, amnesia, judgments, restlessness, disease and injury
1.18 In order to prevent these obstacles from arising, one should habituate themselves in the teaching of McYoga
1.19 By cultivating attitudes of indifference toward suffering, denial toward truth, indulgence toward vice, and anger toward others, the obstacles can be lessened
1.20 Another way to McYoga is the mastery of ignorance
1.21 Without reflection, ignorance is bliss
1.22 Without reflection, the practitioner remains in a state of ignorance to varying degrees
1.23 McYoga is born through the repression of awareness and all individuality is lost
Now that you have a better understanding of what McYoga is, the next phase to joining the Cult is to follow our simple 8-step program inChapter 2: Eight Limbs of McYoga(coming soon!).