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Terrible article. Justifying spirituality via abuse. This was never meant to be this way. Horrible, horrible, horrible, it shows that web can suffer any abuse. If you are truly seeking for spirituality RUN from authors and any teachers that force you into things.


Some of this information was excellent...but, sorry, I was totally transfixed by the story of the yogi marrying someone her "teacher" told her to marry. I live in a conservative region where yoga is still viewed with suspicion, and stories like this just fuel an impression of "cultism" (shades of drinking the koolaid). This author seemed resigned with this abuse of a trusting relationship, that the "lessons" and a child the woman loved could justify or help us understand this student/teacher relationship. I didn't read anything in this article of the need for there to be a teacher/student friendship and a type of trust that I equate to such friendship. There was also no mention of community, which usually seems to surround a good teacher. No teacher is worthy of the name who doesn't have the best interest of the student in mind in all teaching. Part of the story was the "ego" of this teacher to expect a student to do something like marry another student at his urging. I found this story really sad...that someone seeking the yogic path could be swayed in this way, and then an article written to make it sound like, maybe, there wasn't anything wrong with this teacher's control of his student.


It's hard to believe this situation is common enough to warrant attention. In my yoga practice, I have felt a good admiration of a teacher, but while given ideals and guidelines to consider, I have never been challenged in any private-life situations. Perhaps this happens at a deeper level than I have experienced. This is what can make yoga seem bad and not good. My experience has been so uplifting as a beginner that it saddens me to see this as a real potential for some.


Beware of the wolf in a sheep's clothing as no one is righteous nor perfect, not even these so called "enlightened ones".


This poor unfortunate woman lost herself entirely to the mind games her "teacher" was playing in taking advantage of someone seeking spiritual awareness. What did he seek to gain from having her marry someone? perhaps YJ should seek to offer warning to other students susceptible to mental manipulation given the myriad of possible financial and immigration issues that abound in our society today. This article should hold a warning to other yogis to trust their own intelligence and intuition and not be misled from their particular journey.


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Karen Walker

The size of the print is so annoying that I will be canceling my online mailings. I don't know why you changed something that was working.

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