Yoga Sex Scandals: No Surprise
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Yoga Sex Scandals: No Surprise
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Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here
© The New York Times, February 27, 2012
By WILLIAM J. BROAD
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 worlds fastest-growing styles, told followers that he was stepping down for an indefinite period of self-reflection, therapy and personal retreat.
(CELEBRITY GURU Swami Muktananda had many thousands of devotees, including celebrities. A senior aide charged that he was a serial philanderer and sexual hypocrite. George Rose/Getty Images）
(IN RETREAT John Friend's sexual indiscretions upset many devotees of Anusara yoga, which he founded. Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
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.Theyre understandably disappointed to hear that he cheated on his girlfriends repeatedly and lied to so many.
But this is hardly the first time that yogas 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?
One factor is ignorance. Yoga teachers and how-to books seldom mention that the discipline began as a sex cult an omission that leaves many practitioners open to libidinal surprise.
Hatha yoga the parent of the styles now practiced around the globe began as a branch of Tantra. In medieval India, Tantra devotees sought to fuse the male and female aspects of the cosmos into a blissful state of consciousness.
The rites of Tantric cults, while often steeped in symbolism, could also include group and individual sex. One text advised devotees to revere the female sex organ and enjoy vigorous intercourse. Candidates for worship included actresses and prostitutes, as well as the sisters of practitioners.
Hatha originated as a way to speed the Tantric agenda. It used poses, deep breathing and stimulating acts including intercourse to hasten rapturous bliss. In time, Tantra and Hatha developed bad reputations. The main charge was that practitioners indulged in sexual debauchery under the pretext of spirituality.
Early in the 20th century, the founders of modern yoga worked hard to remove the Tantric stain. They devised a sanitized discipline that played down the old eroticism for a new emphasis on health and fitness.
B. K. S. Iyengar, the author of Light on Yoga, published in 1965, exemplified the change. His book made no mention of Hathas Tantric roots and praised the discipline as a panacea that could cure nearly 100 ailments and diseases. And so modern practitioners have embraced a whitewashed simulacrum of Hatha.
But over the decades, many have discovered from personal experience that the practice can fan the sexual flames. Pelvic regions can feel more sensitive and orgasms more intense.
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