Ribbon spiral, as it were.
It’s been floating around the interwebs for the past week or so. Is ex-Anusara leader, infamous for open hearts and a very public scandal, John Friend back to teaching? We knew it would happen sooner or later. Just 7 months after everything broke, John Friend has quietly returned to, where else, johnfriend.com.
Besides a tipster, who sent us the link, feeling “physically ill” about it, the site hasn’t received too much attention yet, though he announces tour dates, a new teaching style called The Roots, a subsequent book in the works about it and a thank you for your dedication to excellence. And we’re pretty sure he’s still set on taking over the world.
The homepage reads:
Thank you for visiting my new website, which contains my teaching schedule through the end of 2012, and general information on my current teaching style and methodology.
In October I return to public teaching with a refreshed view and rededication to healing through disciplined practice. I have spent this year in deep, humbled self-reflection, which has led me to realigning with principles of inner harmony, individual accountability, and open-hearted service to the whole.
This Fall I return to teaching as an independent hatha yoga teacher presenting the fundamentals of my style of modern hatha yoga: positive mind-body discipline, cutting-edge postural alignment, and artistic exploration.
I am very fired up about sharing my new insights and practices for optimal asana alignment, which are both powerfully therapeutic and energetically transformative on every level of being. One of my new practices that I will be teaching in weekend workshops this Fall is an innovative practice sequence called, ‘The Roots.’
I hope that I will get the opportunity to share with you directly in the near future. Thank you for your support, compassion, and dedication to excellence.
Perhaps the most interesting part? A 60 pose set asana sequence called The Roots, which, according to the website, was originally developed by Desi and Micah Springer in 2004 and was “modified by John Friend in 2012.” For our information:
‘The Roots’ is a hatha yoga asana practice sequence, which consists of approximately 60 base poses with 25 advanced variations. Almost half of the poses are standing poses, which helps make the routine suitable for any level of student.
“The Roots” is a well-rounded practice that includes some hand-balances, fundamental thigh stretches, backbends, some basic abdominal exercises, sitting forward bends, hip-openers, and twists.
A set routine provides the students with something that they can take home and practice each day. The Roots routine is exceptionally detoxifying and transformative for any level of practitioner. When practiced as intended, ‘The Roots’ helps to cultivate focus, stamina, determination, and self-forgiveness, along with many other desirable life qualities. With a set of asana sequences, students will be able to clearly gauge their progress as they practice it on a regular basis.
Wow, we sure hope it’s not in a heated room. Bikram has enough lawsuits.
But there’s more. We can all look forward to a video of Desi performing the sequence this fall, as well as a book co-written by John and the Springers which will “help to bring a lot of attention to this routine within the global yoga community.”
There is no mention of Anusara anywhere in his Teaching Style or Methodology pages, though he is still committed to open hearts and asking students to keep an open mind.
A key to effective learning is for a student to cultivate independent thinking so that they may truly know something through their own direct experience. My teaching style facilitates innovative and lateral thinking to break patterns of limiting beliefs. I encourage students to stay open in mind and body to all potentials (paths or methods) to grow and expand their heart.
And there is a “Teacher Student Relationship” section should we doubt his intentions, or ask about his personal life (or past?):
I fully commit to serving each student in the highest way and to the best of my ability in every class. I welcome individual relationship with each student that is born out of mutual respect and positive well wishes for each other.
I respect students’ private lives, and so I do not engage in a student’s personal business or issues. The same respect from the student is also expected by me.
Students are asked to accept responsibility and be accountable for their own feelings and experiences.
I will communicate openly and honestly any issues or concerns with a student, and I wish the same direct and honest communication be sought for by any student having issues with me.
JF’s weekend workshop comeback tour is as follows, and does not (yet) carry a mind blowing title, though we could suggest one if he needs it:
|Sept. 8||The Woodlands, TX|
|Oct. 5 – 7||Denver, CO|
|Oct. 12 – 14||Park City, UT|
|Oct. 26 – 28||Santa Fe|
|Nov. 2 – 4||Lake Tahoe, CA|
|Nov. 9 – 11||Winnipeg, CA|
|Nov. 16 – 18||Detroit, MI|
|Nov. 30 – Dec. 2||Phoenix, AZ|
|Dec. 7 – 9||Austin, TX|
|Dec. 14 – 16||Atlanta, GA|