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John Friend

Even though we haven’t heard about him in a while, it still seems like any John Friend news is too soon. And yet, JF has never really slowed down for a breather post-scandal, despite better judgement and our maxed out scandal-o-meter. His comeback, if you can call it that, since he never really went away, [...]


Not that this seems much like news anymore, and instead feels rather like a bludgeon to the head with a chakra tiara, but we’re sharing the latest from camp John Friend because some have inquired about updates and after this crazy roller coaster year, doggone it, they deserve them. We’ll call it a form of closure, because J Fri seems to have found it himself, as detailed in his most recent post-Thanksgiving message to his new mailing list.


  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, [...]


If you’re still following along, the latest and longest statement from John Friend yet, on the allegations, his state of mind and the state of Anusara. Via Anusara facebook page, posted earlier today. Statement from John & the Future of Anusara Yoga It is with profound sadness and humility that I write this public statement [...]


This video has come to our attention via several tipsters and we have reason to believe it is legit and worthy of viewing in light of recent events and pardon the expression, ongoing shitfest. The original source and interviewer is yet to be determined, but we’re told it was someone who worked for John Friend/Anusara [...]


While some of you would rather vinyasa over hot coals than hear more Anusara beeswax, there are still many practitioners, teachers and bystanders left in limbo, feeling frustrated and utterly perplexed, especially after the latest missives transmitted from Anusara HQ.


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 [...]


What in the what. More Anusara scandal coverage? Yes. Because you’ll want to read this if you’ve been following along. Weeks ago The Washington Post published a very informative and in-depth look at the melted heart of Anusara and the fall of Padre Grande John Friend. Amidst the avalanche of media coverage this past week (NYMag, The Daily Beast, Texas Monthly) we felt it necessary to point your attention to this article by Manuel Roig-Franzia, who provides an outsider perspective by a non-yoga typey person.


In the latest issue of Texas Monthly, author of the original shit-stirring article ‘The Yoga Mogul’ (NYTimes, July 2010) Mimi Swartz tackles the John Friend saga and the collapse of the Anusara empire with a breadth of extensive details starting from the beginning and leading us through the roller coaster ride of resignations, accusations, outrage, apologies and accountability.