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 from “The Roots” to something he’s calling Sridaiva. It’s a yoga he’s come up with, I guess over the past two years, with the same people he developed “The Roots” with not much before then.
It’s pretty easy to judge him. I’ll just say: He says a lot here that, to my mind, does nothing to make me judge him any less harshly than I ever have. He makes it difficult to be charitable toward him. A few excerpts from a Mind Body Green piece from this past weekend:
Do you have regrets about the choices you made?
I feel the pain in my heart of the mistakes I made. It was never my intention to hurt anyone or myself. When those things occur, it’s important to feel it and remember it, and that’s how we change. I’m using the pain I feel to step forward into the future in a positive way. I’m certainly not going to repeat that path.
I take accountability for my own karma — I don’t know how regret really helps. I want to remember what happened, and then do things differently.
I built the Anusara system on the Universal Principles of Alignment, but I started to rethink all of these ideas and am doing the opposite of what I’ve done for years. This new alignment system has become Sridaiva.
In Sridaiva, the tailbone doesn’t draw downward. You don’t lengthen you spine by pulling the two ends of the spine apart. You line the spine up so that your connective tissue can pull the spine apart.
There’s a rooting through the pelvis down the legs and a rising in the spine to have the maximum opening of the body. That’s not to say poses in modern postural yoga are wrong. We just focus more of the engagement on the back body. After 42 years of teaching yoga, that’s a big change in my view.
I’m excited about Sridaiva — it’s the most effective work I’ve ever done. I think it’s going to spread everywhere, and that’s a blessing. I feel like this is bigger than me —people are going to use this all over the world, and a lot of them won’t even know where it came from. But that doesn’t matter… I just want to help.
You can decide how you feel for yourself. It’ll be interesting to see if the media picks up Friend’s latest return and runs with it.
Posted by Steve