Is this contagious? Amy Ippoliti is the latest teacher to hand in her Anusara sash and branch from the pack, just as, we remind you, grand leader John Friend did with his Iyengar certificate years ago before creating his own empire. Elena Brower made huge news when she gracefully stepped down from her throne as reigning Anusara Empress back in November, along with Christina Sell and Darren Rhodes also sayonara-ing around the same time.
This time, Amy announces her departure via her blog and doesn’t beat around the bush. She has found herself “no longer in alignment with the direction of the organization.” Oh? Though there are no specifics, nor direct address or thank you to Mr. Friend, as there was in Elena’s explanation.
Whatever the reason(s) it’s still an interesting thing how these high-profile teachers (as in festivalness and YJ covers) are deciding to exit Anusara just as it’s about to explode, and have made the choice to go public with the announcement. It may have been Elena’s bold move that helped open the door for others to follow. It may be a side effect of teachers not wishing to be pigeon-holed and melting their hearts under just one umbrella. Or, it could be something else.
Here’s Amy’s complete message posted on her blog:
Dear friends, students, and dear Ones,
I have decided to Leave Anusara yoga.
It’s been a wonderful ride and one that has deeply influenced my life in infinite ways; however, I have found myself no longer in alignment with the direction of the organization.
Some of you will be upset with this decision, others will be elated, but one thing I can assure you is that I am not going anywhere. I am still Amy, and will continue in my mission to expand the horizons of yoga, and to teach from my ongoing practice as creatively as I know how, and in doing so, I will not compromise my personal values or commitment.
My calling is to help yoga teachers and practitioners of all styles.
Over the past several years I have developed professional programs for yoga teachers that are helping to bring more students to the mat. I am proud that these programs have helped equip thousands of our prized yoga teachers around the world with the tools to serve students better.
My move from Anusara Yoga will allow me to best serve students and teachers from all schools, and I am committed to doing so with the integrity they deserve.
I know that the world will be a better place with more yoga practitioners, and my dedication to this goal will always continue.
Thank you so much for being a part of my life and for your presence in yoga.
I can’t wait for what the future will bring, and to practice with you in this New Year!
Be the light,
The pressing question now may be more about the direction of the organization that’s throwing everyone out of alignment.
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