More committees, John will teach in September, and it’s back to business at Anusara, Inc. Update posted 2 hrs ago via Facebook. (the comments are interesting and mixed predominantly opposed.)
Posted from the road so please pardon the current lack of formalities.
Update: Leadership Committee responds to John’s letter via kulaevolution.com. See below.
Dear Anusara Yoga Community,
After several weeks of negotiations with the Leadership Committee, Anusara, Inc. will now move forward with a new management structure for Anusara’s yoga school. We are happy to announce that the school of Anusara yoga will now be led by its licensed teachers. The previous Leadership Committee will be replaced by the Teacher Advisory Committee beginning immediately and will officially run under the direction of Anusara, Inc. through a new 5-member BOD made up of professionals within the Anusara community. The initial directive of the Teacher Advisory Committee is to now organize the following committees:
3) Teacher Products
4) Community Communications
An interim Certification Committee will be activated this week, so that many teachers whose paperwork has been in limbo during the last 3 months can start to flow again starting now.
Also, the office has been working diligently this week to sort and organize all the new applications we’ve received since mid-February. Since then, in total, we have received 34 new applications for licensed status, 70 total teachers in the Anusara-Inspired licensing process, and around 200 in various stages of the certification process.
There are currently 930 licensed teachers who have paid this year’s fees. In addition, we have many, many applications pending for new licenses of which came into the office during the last couple of months. Teachers from around the world have been calling in regularly to see when the certification process will begin again.
The Board of Directors will be expanded from its current 3 members to 5 members. At least 1 of the current Board members will be replaced and a full 5-member BOD will be created. The new members will be considered through applications received from any member of our community who has professional background and experience in business management, marketing, or law. Please send resumes or letters to Wendy@anusara.com.
John Friend will retain sole ownership of Anusara, Inc., and will replace Wendy Willtrout on the BOD if/when he is cleared by an ethics review.
John will continue his sabbatical until September at which time he will return to teaching under his own name and auspices. For the rest of the year he will not use the Anusara yoga trade name to promote his teachings. Pending an ethics investigation, it will be determined when he may use the trademark again in his public teaching.
However, he is confident that when a fair investigation is held, a great deal of truth will arise, and he will be cleared to teach Anusara yoga in 2013 if he wishes.
Through this crisis the mettle of the community has surely been tested. There have been great examples of steadiness and open-heartedness during this time, and there have been terribly negative and harmful emotional reactions as well. Without engaging in the vicious postings on social media from a very vocal minority, many teachers have quietly held their affirmation in the efficacy of the Anusara yoga methodology. Even during this darkest period in its history, Anusara yoga has continued to help many students around the world. This is the greatest blessing of Anusara, the community we all love.
Now we move into a new, exciting stage of Anusara’s evolution in which the teachers take the reigns of the school of Anusara yoga.
May we move forward together now in peace,
John (on behalf of Anusara, Inc.)
Response to John Friend/Anusara, Inc. 5/17/12 Announcement
Dear Anusara Community,
John Friend has announced a new plan forward for Anusara, Inc., the details of which were posted on 5/17/12 (read announcement). We, the Leadership Committee (the “LC”), would like to clarify that:
(1) During our negotiations, we unanimously rejected this same plan and other similar proposals from John Friend and Anusara, Inc.;
(2) We do not endorse John Friend’s plan and believe it falls far short of addressing the concerns of and serving the Anusara community;
(3) We believe that John’s proposal relies heavily on teachers willing to volunteer extensive amounts of their time in service of his for-profit corporation; and
(4) The LC’s mission is to represent the entire community of Anusara teachers, and John does not have the authority to “replace” us as we are not an Anusara, Inc. committee.
We are not at this time disbanding or abandoning our mission to create a true teacher-led school.
The Leadership Committee