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Yogis aren’t perfect people. One famous yogi has demonstrated this…again…in a spectacular way. Bikram Choundry has now been accused of sexual harassment and assault on a student. I don’t know if this is true, and fortunately, I don’t have to stand in judgment of anyone.
Unfortunately, this is becoming all too common within the yoga community. Several well-known gurus have been discovered in compromising situations, most often with students. John Friend, being a recent example.
I believe, at some level, this is a power issue. As students & practitioners, many people put these gurus on a pedestal that a regular human cannot sustain. When will we learn that these teachers, while wise in many ways, are just human beings, like the rest of us?
We often see celebrities & ball-players whose money and fame have gone to their heads. This leads to a feeling of superiority and behaviors they ordinarily would not participate in. But even dedicated yoga practitioners can fall in that trap.
One of the tenants of yoga is that all beings are special…so why is EXTRA specialness applied to the rich and famous?
I ask you today, to look at how you view celebrities of all types, and realize you are just as wonderful, just as cherished as they are.
And if you’re on your way to becoming a famous instructor, let these stories be a warning for you. Retain your humility. Don’t think of yourself as a guru, but as a servant. That’s a tough way for anyone, but a valuable practice, in itself.