Why are we all so surprised at the scandal taking place around John Friend and in the Anusara community? It’s just people baby. We touch it and there it goes; To hell in a hand basket. Politicians, religious leaders, corporate bigwigs, and of course spiritual leaders and yoga founders. We all have a little shark in us, and once they get the taste of blood it’s almost impossible for them not to go for more.

A politician grows out of a statesman, they start out as a someone wanting to better their community and before too long someone is whispering in their ear and then it seems they can do no wrong. Until they get caught.

Religious leaders, preachers, priests and swami’s have access to a power that’s hard to resist, people worship at your feet, hang on your every word and otherwise treat you like you really are the divine chosen one.

CEO’s and other corporate leaders have the same problem, poor little darlings, of welding great power without the ability to resist the pull of the money that comes with it.  And that’s what it comes down too, right? Power & Money.

Religion isn’t evil, but it uses money  and power to spread it’s ideology. Amen to that!

Politics is a train that  runs on money, lobbyists only working for the companies that pay them and politicians put in office by the lobbyists. Show them the money!

A CEO that makes an embarrassing (i.e. shitload)  amount of money while their employees live paycheck to paycheck. Ahh the American dream.

Look, its real simple, Yoga isn’t bad, it’s not evil, it’s just people. I havent studied with many in anusara community, but those teachers I do know are strong & beautiful. But they are just regular folks like me, teachers out here in the world, trying to make a difference. And while I don’t have a horse in this race, I do feel  strongly that what started as a wonderful yogic path somehow became political, filled with religiosity and mired in corporate bullshit. John Friend lost his bearings and maybe someday he can make right the things he did wrong. Now, an awful lot of people who trusted him have lost their bearings too. But dont blame Yoga, it’s just people, baby.

Om Shanti

 Cheryl