"Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here"

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    Feb 29, 2012 6:55 AM GMT
    I'm sure to some it's not so much as a bug as a feature ;).

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/health/nutrition/yoga-fans-sexual-flames-and-predictably-plenty-of-scandal.html

    The wholesome image of yoga took a hit in the past few weeks as a rising star of the discipline came tumbling back to earth. After accusations of sexual impropriety with female students, John Friend, the founder of Anusara, one of the world’s fastest-growing styles, told followers that he was stepping down for an indefinite period of “self-reflection, therapy and personal retreat.”

    [...] Yoga teachers and how-to books seldom mention that the discipline began as a sex cult — an omission that leaves many practitioners open to libidinal surprise.
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    Feb 29, 2012 12:00 PM GMT
    Sex cultism is my favourite part of Indian traditional religion
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    Feb 29, 2012 12:39 PM GMT
    sex is actually integral to the left hand yoga paths, used as a spiritual tool and in sorcerery. its not something you'd see in the classes of house wives at the local bally fitness or whatever, but to a true vamacara yogi taking on occasional students, sex may be a part of the practice. it would be perfectly consenting though.
    didn't read the story, but thinking of yoga as being just a workout is due to ignorance of its history and spiritual purpose. our post-victorian, post-christian views of sex as something contrary to spirituality are sad and limiting.
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    Less surprising than sex scandals involving gay-bating GOP elected officials.
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    Mar 01, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    If I'd known Yoga started as a sex cult, I woulda taken classes a long time ago! icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 01, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIf I'd known Yoga started as a sex cult, I woulda taken classes a long time ago! icon_lol.gif


    LOL....me too!!!

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    Mar 01, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    Turning foreign ideals and practices into something they're not? Well, that's the American way! Water it down, throw it to the mainstream, and twist it to whatever purpose you want! Do we really want any unneeded stigma attached to something else more mundane than yoga?
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    Mar 01, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    So Gay Nude Yoga is the way to go?
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    Mar 02, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    know_wunder saidTurning foreign ideals and practices into something they're not? Well, that's the American way! Water it down, throw it to the mainstream, and twist it to whatever purpose you want! Do we really want any unneeded stigma attached to something else more mundane than yoga?


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    Mar 02, 2012 4:54 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    know_wunder saidTurning foreign ideals and practices into something they're not? Well, that's the American way! Water it down, throw it to the mainstream, and twist it to whatever purpose you want! Do we really want any unneeded stigma attached to something else more mundane than yoga?




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    Mar 02, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    swimbikerun saidSo Gay Nude Yoga is the way to go?
    Yessiree!
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    Mar 02, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    swimbikerun saidSo Gay Nude Yoga is the way to go?
    Yessiree!
    You forgot to say Bob.
  • allatonce

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    Mar 05, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    Well I was going to the wrong yoga class.
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    Mar 08, 2012 12:15 AM GMT
    LOL.. i have my first naked gay yoga session on Friday.... the instructor is a fuckin hot ginger.... only 2 more sleeps... icon_wink.gificon_wink.gif
  • swimbikerun

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    Mar 08, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    Supposedly Yoga started out as a branch of Tantra.
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    Mar 08, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    GreenHopper saidSex cultism is my favourite part of Indian traditional religion


    well go hop over to T&T... they got Tons of white livered Indians over there
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    Mar 08, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    riddler78 said[...]the discipline began as a sex cult....


    That's the best sell for yoga for me that I've heard! icon_biggrin.gif
    (The spirituality things turns me off big time ... though the time commitment relative to what I feel I get out of it is the biggest negative for me.)
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    Mar 08, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    Hur hur, "Anusara".
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    Mar 08, 2012 8:08 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    swimbikerun saidSo Gay Nude Yoga is the way to go?
    Yessiree!


    I did my first Nude yoga a short while ago - don't expect much is all I'll say - there's barely (hur hur) time to even look at some of the other bodies in the class if you're working to the right pace...

    OH, and .. shower, and don't eat for a couple hours beforehand.. :icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 11, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    turbobilly said
    paulflexes saidIf I'd known Yoga started as a sex cult, I woulda taken classes a long time ago! icon_lol.gif


    LOL....me too!!!

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    Put me on the list. But I'll have to try harder so to speak.

    I must have done something wrong though because to me it was just a lot of painful stretches.
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    Mar 26, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    czarodziej saidsex is actually integral to the left hand yoga paths, used as a spiritual tool and in sorcerery. its not something you'd see in the classes of house wives at the local bally fitness or whatever, but to a true vamacara yogi taking on occasional students, sex may be a part of the practice. it would be perfectly consenting though.
    didn't read the story, but thinking of yoga as being just a workout is due to ignorance of its history and spiritual purpose. our post-victorian, post-christian views of sex as something contrary to spirituality are sad and limiting.



    I may be wrong, but this sounds more like tantra. At some point, tantra influenced yoga to an extent, just as it did some schools of Buddhism, but I've never heard of tantra coming from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
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    Mar 26, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    swimbikerun saidSo Gay Nude Yoga is the way to go?
    Yessiree!
    DAMMIT! I'm a member of the Y. Bunch of soccer moms in the Yoga classes there. icon_lol.gif