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We've seen some depressing things happen in yoga in recent years regarding abuse of power, abuse of students  - mentally, emotionally, physically and sexually - and even rape charges brought against some very prominent teachers including Kausthaub Desikachar and Bikram Choudhury. But this horrifying story out of Australia about a yoga movement led by Swami [...]


A thief is running rampant in NYC. His target? The sanctity of our yoga studios. This is NOT OK. YogaCityNYC reports that a man posing as a yoga student has visited eleven studios, having stolen from seven of them in the past year. His play goes like this: the man shows up ready to take [...]


Keep an eye on your personal belongings, yogis! A man has been charged with allegedly stealing unattended wallets while people are in yoga class at several studios in Berkley, CA. Heinous!


Holy crap. Though most of us have moved past this and flushed it out of our minds at this point, we reported on it when it happened, so we thought we'd do the courtesy update. Justice has finally been served for the victims of the porta potty creeper who terrorized yogis during the Hanuman Festival [...]


Breaking news: incredibly wealthy antivirus software magnate and budding "observational" yogapreneur, John McAfee, wanted for his possible connection to the murder of his neighbor may have been captured by Belize police whom he thinks will kill him, CNN reports. Yep, it's kind of a crazy story.

McAfee whose name is synonymous with virus swashbuckling (or more likely nightmares of trying to remove the ironically plague-like program) and recently for headlines like Girls, guns and yoga: John McAfee's odd life in "pirate haven" has set up residence on a tropical island in Belize, a place still known for, yes, pirates and its "party, party, work, party" atmosphere, according to a local waitress. In short, his neighbor was murdered and he is wanted for questioning but is afraid the cops have it out for him.


Latest from the Yoga Crime Blotter: sigh.

Remember the 2010 Linda Dolloff trial where she, a Maine yoga teacher, was tried for the 2009 beating of her husband senseless with a bat while he was sleeping, breaking his nose and fracturing his skull, and then attempting to cover it up by shooting herself and staging a home invasion? How time flies.

On Tuesday, Maine's Supreme Judicial Court unanimously rejected the appeal by the 51-year-old who claimed her 2010 trial was marred by the prosecutor misrepresenting facts and expressing personal opinions. Dolloff will continue serving her 16-year sentence. Her ex-husband, who still can not recall details of the incident, is not expected to fully recover from his injuries.


(image: ascentmagazine.com) An update to the latest scandal and sad disappointment to reach the yoga public involving Kausthub Desikachar, son of T.K.V. Desikachar, grandson of Sri T. Krishnamacharya: a letter sent Tuesday, October 16th to an estimated 700 email recipients spanning "respected friends, colleagues, well-wishers of KYM and of Sri T.K.V. Desikachar and members of KHYF" from longtime [...]


In the category of tragic and troublesome comes a story of creepy cult stuff and death, this time out of the supposed sanctum of a Buddhist retreat center. The April 22nd death of Ian Thornson, a 38-year-old Buddhist practitioner at Geshe Michael Roach’s Diamond Mountain in Arizona, has been much cause for concern, investigation and unanswered questions. [...]


More trouble in Anusaraland. Let's pause for a moment. Take a deep breath. Because this is some heavy shit. An anonymous tipster has sent us info that could potentially muddy the shiny, happy, image of John Friend and Anusara Inc., and shed some light on the recent flurry of exits by some of the brand's foremost teachers like Elena Brower and Amy Ippoliti.


This man was allegedly caught trying to steal $500 from Bikram Yoga in Burlington, VT (Vermont, nonetheless!) When confronted by an employee he tried to flee


We haven't been posting on the murder trial play by play because it's pretty much too terrible to report. But if you're familiar with the horrific events that occurred at the Bethesda, Md. Lululemon store back in March, you may be interested to know that the 29-year-old Brittany Norwood, the woman charged with the killing [...]


Your latest in Odd and Beastly News: Apparently yoga teachers in Boulder don't get lessons on doggie dharma. Or at least this one in particular missed the session on Chihuahua-himsa - as in you don't "walk" a dog outside your car while you drive it! Acupuncturist and yoga teacher Joan Renee Zalk was dogsitting the [...]


Porta-potty peeper picked a pair of yogis... to spy on for his masterplan of spiritual porn pimping. This shit just keeps getting weirder. "I wanted to start a new goddess religion," Porta-potty peeper Luke Chrisco told Boulder's Daily Camera. "I always wanted to be a pimp or create a church of porn or a church [...]


Justice! The Colorado potty-peeper has been nabbed! We can all breathe a big fresh-air sigh of relief. Phew. Er...pew? Police arrested Luke Chrisco, 30, the most-wanted suspect in the potty peeper caper at Hanuman Fest in Boulder, CO last week. Turns out, he's a 'porn star'! Or a wannabe one according to The Smoking Gun, where they reveal his multiple [...]