Well. 2012 sure has delivered on its promise of enormous change! In the last month, an overwhelming cascade of events has impacted the Anusara yoga community. All of us are still processing these events in our own ways, and it’s probably not a stretch to say that we are surprised to find ourselves in this place.
Yoga Coalition is a group of yoga teachers who have recently distanced themselves from John Friend and Anusara, Inc. Regardless of our transitions from Anusara, Inc., we are as committed as ever to excellence in the art of teaching yoga, and to our local and global communities. As the dust settles from these recent experiences, we find ourselves asking:
We find the deep camaraderie we developed as co-creators of Anusara yoga is stronger than ever, and we know these bonds help us both to serve others and to evolve ourselves. Change has invigorated our creativity and our self-awareness, so we don’t wish to replicate the old structure, or to create without careful consideration. Instead, we want to initiate a movement toward a new paradigm of collectivity that we can grow organically over time, one based on our education and shared wisdom.
Moving forward, we know we won’t have a perfectly
unified vision. This is a good thing--it allows room for more than one voice, and gives us the freedom to grow, independently and together.
We hope to collaborate and build on existing relationships, in a decentralized way that fosters creativity and allows grassroots initiative. Some of us may collaborate on projects and programs to empower our students. Some may focus on building bridges to the larger yoga community. Some of us may work to re-imagine what a serious yogic education, with a true standard of excellence, looks like.
Perhaps you feel the same?
If so, you are welcome to learn more on a website we’ve started together, www.yogacoalition.com, and a Facebook group by the same name. There is no obligation, other than a sincere desire to move forward, to participate in honest conversation, and to practice with integrity.
Bernadette Birney Abe Christensen Laura Christensen Betsey Downing Sue Elkind Justin Faircloth Sarah Faircloth Nealy Fischer Kelley Gardner Beryl Herrin Kendra Hodgson Marc Holzman Amy Ippoliti Naime Jezzeny Jordan Louise Kirk Martin Kirk Chris Magenta Emma Magenta Noah Maze Cat McCarthy Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin Joe Miller Natalie Miller Stacey Millner-Collins Katie Myer Sara Rose Page Darren Rhodes Susanna Harwood Rubin Christina Sell Tracy Silver Lara Demberg Voloto
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