I Love Anusara Yoga… So here’s my two pennies…

I absolutely and categorically love Anusara Yoga, I’ve only been practicing at home, care of Yogaglo.com. What strikes me, as someone relatively new to this style of yoga, is I’m a little saddened to see my newly discovered instructors are dropping the Anusara Certification like hotcakes. Yes there’s a lil hooha around its Founder and the direction its business development advisors gave, however, for me the Anusara Methodology/Philosophy works…

From a product & branding perspective, the fact of the matter is that I wouldn’t have discovered this method of yoga without the certification. For myself , it’s hard for me to know what I’m getting from one Vinyasa Yoga instructor from another. At least, when I’m looking for a class that is steeped with in depth body awareness, Anusara or Iyengar Yoga are my go-to yoga styles to get coach-like quality yoga classes. I can honestly say that I have never taken a class where I haven’t learnt something new about my body’s capabilities and the awareness is so precise and subtle but it’s results, powerful. Like Champagne, Christian Dior or Apple, it’s the end product that matters. Anusara Yoga is a product of excellence that enhances people’s lives and experience of yoga. The highly educated instructors make a difference to the yoga practioner, and it is this education that will outlive its founder and appears to be missing in the Anusaragate conversation. I totally understand the quandary of supporting John Friend and the business & personal ethics that have ensued, however as the Certified Anusara Yoga Instructors (CAYI) jump ship, it is the yoga consumer who is suffering.

What matters to me, is the yoga-consumer, like myself. It doesn’t work, according to the many articles written, that Anusara’s Founding Founder is apparently horny, smokes pot and has some business advisors whose advice, do not appear to align with the mission of the company, now what… So yes the founder could do with some soul searching, so too, the instructors, who talk of forgiveness, confronting difficult areas of the body with grace for both poses and life.

In a city where it is hard to find Anusara Yoga, I hope this doesn’t mean more instructors jumping off the wagon… It’s a brilliant methodology, and John Friend is a genius for making the deep mind-body insight, a little more yoga-consumer friendly, than its founding Father of Yoga, BKS Iyengar Yoga. So for what it’s worth, business leaders and founders come and go, no matter how much of a genius they are, if the product works and the experience it creates has value, then I ask current CAYI to take a breath and then create the leadership that will enable the Anusara Yoga product be accesible to everyone… I don’t care if it’s John Friend, born again or someone else, but please CAYI’s stop  jumping off, up or down and stand firm in the amazing education this style of yoga offers to everyone…

and as for the WHG, Plank’s Founder, we are indebted to Anusara Yoga’s detailed methodology. It is AY’s articulate conversation the mind has with the body, that enabled Plank’s Founder to connect Plank’s heat & pressure feedback yoga mats to enhance the grounded hand/foot 4 corners technology of Ansuara Yoga. So from the Plank Global HQ, we’d just like to say whole heartedly STFU & let’s get back to the mat, preferably a Plank mat, but any mat will do…

WHG, an expert in all things, shoes + heels + fitting yoga into a busy lifestyle…

 

 


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