Last Friday (10/28) I learned of the departure of Christina Sell and Darren Rhodes from the Anusara™ community, and on Monday, I learned of Elena Brower’s exit. One of my Anusara-inspired teachers had just been talking about a recent book by Christina Sell, and Darren Rhodes’s poster graces many an Anusara studio. One of my teachers has of late been quite devoted in following Brower. Christina and Elena were among the many teachers that made an impression on me in the documentary “Anusara: The Heart of Transformation.” So this feels close to home.
Amy Ippoliti is another who has weighed in with a heartfelt and personal letter. It’s personal to the extent that she has worked with these teachers, Brower especially lately. Because she is the teacher of my teacher, because she hails from Boulder where my brother lives, and because that also makes her geographically close to Elephant Journal, which plays a pivotal role here, her comments also feel close to home. I also especially like the “Invocation” CD on which she is featured.
Chiefly it seems that those resigning felt that their dharmas have lead them in different directions, that these directions were not fully consistent with the philosophy of Anusara yoga, and that they no longer felt it was ethical for them to continue to represent themselves as teaching Anusara if this were the case.
As it is helping me to digest these diverse perspectives, I thought it might be particularly useful to readers of this blog to have all of this collected in one place. I hope the conversation continues.
I am Senior Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I have been a practitioner of Anusara™ yoga. I have completed 200 hours of teacher training within its diaspora community, consistent with its philosophy and alignment principles.