In the age of prominent gurus being outed one by one as power-crazed, sexual assailants rather than agents of ethics, we’ve been subjected to stories (and accusations and lawsuits) of them leading students from light to dark, not the other way around. (Sigh…we know.) But when the mighty fall, what (if any) penance should they pay to society? In the case of Kausthub Desikachar, son of T.K.V. Desikachar, grandson of Krishnamacharya accused of sexual and emotional abuse by several students in allegations that surfaced last October, a few months of silence would just about do it in his eyes. He’s back.
Following the serious accusations, the subsequent shake up of KHYF and dubious discussions of legacy, Kausthub broke his silence with an email to students on January 16th indicating his “healing” process and intention to return to teaching.
Through a journey that embraced both professional and traditional methods, I have been able to go deep into a healing and self-enquiry process. I am continuing to make every effort to shift patterns to improve myself on all domains. I take responsibility for my actions and embrace the fact that there is no one other than me to blame for the disturbing changes that occurred.
From this quiet place, I hope to emerge a better person. Personally and professionally, I am looking to take small steps to create an appropriate and healthy foundation for future teaching.
Making good on his plans, the John Friendian Kausthub has launched a shiny new website with a new re-branded teaching style, a blog and study options including online training starting May 2013, reports It’s All Yoga, Baby. Like nothing ever happened. The first article on the site by Kausthub dated April 2 ironically asks, “Are you ready for yoga?”
Because as much as you would like to do Yoga, you must be open to let Yoga do you. Are you ready for Yoga?
We don’t know, Kausthub. Are you? (There are, of course, no references to the breach of trust and immoral acts he admitted to, nor any consequent professional help or legal proceedings on the new site.)
On one hand, rehabilitation can work and we can’t dismiss everyone as forever horrible because of past wrongdoings. We’re yogis, we forgive. We believe in the positives people possess. On the other hand, are you seriously launching back into the teaching scene full force like nothing ever happened and expect everyone to forget because you have a new brand name and headshots?
And what does this say to the victims involved?
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