John Friend is back — again

Having followed John Friend’s fall in the Anusara scandal and his reappearance, I feel compelled and obligated to point out that he appears to be back — again. You can find old posts about his return from the Anusara scandal and his development of “The Roots” yoga right here. Now, apparently he has moved on … Continue reading John Friend is back — again

John Friend profiled, exercise in a hot pod and is knitting the new yoga for men?

We have an ongoing interest in John Friend, largely because he was and remains such a major figure within the U.S. yoga world. I think his fall has been pretty well documented. Now, the local alt weekly where Friend has relocated has a big cover story on the “fallen yoga guru“: After the maelstrom of … Continue reading John Friend profiled, exercise in a hot pod and is knitting the new yoga for men?

John Friend’s new ‘Roots’ yoga practice sounds awfully familiar

I know there’s nothing new under the sun, but … As was discussed in comments yesterday, Anusara’s John Friend is back from his … ummm… hiatus? … and he has both a new workshop schedule and a new yoga sequence (since he can’t really use Anusara anymore). He’s calling it “The Roots Practice.” Parts of … Continue reading John Friend’s new ‘Roots’ yoga practice sounds awfully familiar

‘Magic in the making’ — John Scott practice video from Paris and Part II from Timji

Last summer, we directed your attention to a wonderful video out of Paris. Now, Mysore Yoga Paris is showcasing the photo shoot of a practice with Ashtangi John Scott. Based on info at the website, it was Scott’s first time with them. Check it out: We also promised last week to give you Part II of … Continue reading ‘Magic in the making’ — John Scott practice video from Paris and Part II from Timji

Jois to move into abandoned Friend-Anusara HQ in Encinitas?

We continue to hear about the possible changes coming to Jois Yoga. The below is based on reports from people in position to know, but there is nothing official out of Jois Yoga as of post time. Maybe the most eye-catching report is that Jois, which now has the Encinitas shala in the city’s downtown … Continue reading Jois to move into abandoned Friend-Anusara HQ in Encinitas?

Mysore report: Surrounded by friends and teachers

For all our protests about not prioritizing asana while we are at the Confluence, it’s great being in the Mysore room with so many accomplished teachers (and, they would all emphasize, students — meaning them, not us, to be clear). I think this is a complete list of the teachers who assisted us: Tim Miller, … Continue reading Mysore report: Surrounded by friends and teachers

In Ashtanga, facing the difficulty of the difficult

We’re partway through our second week in Encinitas where, I kid you not, it rained on Tuesday. That’s not about to stop me from going surfing in a bit. (In fact, I’ll probably pause midway in this post.) What’s more likely to stop me from surfing is the fact that we’re partway through our second … Continue reading In Ashtanga, facing the difficulty of the difficult

Encinitas as ‘God’s Hospital’ and the ‘American home’ of Ashtanga

People familiar with Tim Miller probably know his story of coming to Encinitas and the health issues he was dealing with when he arrived. Turns out, this week is the 38th anniversary of his arrival; he looks back at it on his blog (as I’m 99.9% sure he has done before) and adds a few … Continue reading Encinitas as ‘God’s Hospital’ and the ‘American home’ of Ashtanga

Simple: How not to get suckered in by a false guru

We all know there’s a healthy history of false gurus, or fallen gurus, along the yogic path. The docu-something Kumare looked at this. There’s been the whole John Friend issue. People slap the “cult” word on most anything different, including Ashtanga. As I was traveling for work yesterday and reading old Namarupas on the plane and … Continue reading Simple: How not to get suckered in by a false guru