Let’s talk about sex, Yogi. I read yet another article about sexual deviance accusations against another male yoga instructor today; another Wolf of Om Street. Just when I begin to think that the increased number of yoga practitioners worldwide is finally ready to bring about a greater, more evolved unity consciousness, I see another inappropriate sexual accusation against a fellow yoga instructor. Sigh.
I would not be able to write about this topic if I did not personally understand the double-edged sword debate of liberation and self-control. Yet, just as we evolve out of the egocentric phase of infancy, it is essential that we develop healthy relationship skills with others.
The teacher-student relationship is meant to progress students further along their path of self-realization (maybe the teacher is mixing up who is the self … ). If a teacher is not able to do this without his/her selfish desires getting involved, then they should not be teaching (or serving at an altar).
The increased exposure of sex scandals in the yoga/spirituality communities is nothing new, but it is time to understand the elements at play, as well as to progress beyond such immaturity and ignorance. Continue reading >> HuffPost