_ Dear Yoga friends, students and colleagues,
Today, alongside many of my colleagues, I choose to resign my Anusara-Inspired Yoga license. It has been more than three months since my yoga world was shaken with the unfortunate news of misconduct by John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga. I have been deeply saddened and shocked by his actions, and I no longer align with John Friend and his vision for Anusara Inc.
I have been a part of the Anusara community for 14 years, and have clocked thousands of hours training and teaching in this system. I align myself with the Anusara method which has transformed me. I offer gratitude to John Friend for offering this beautiful method – the marriage of elegant alignment principles with the heart-oriented teachings of Tantra.
I kept my license until now because I was interested in supporting the proposal of a teacher led Anusara yoga school separate from John Friend that would embrace the values that I hold most dear with regards to this beautiful method, and which would have allowed me to continue to be in association with other amazing teachers of this method. I have waited patiently in respect for the dedication of time and energy on the part of committee members working for this change. But, this is not going to happen at this time and not under the banner of Anusara, and so I choose to move on today, and I see a bright future ahead!
What I have loved most about being part of Anusara has been belonging to a group of intelligent, creative and compassionate souls who share my enthusiasm for this method. Today, I resign my Anusara license, but I take these practices and teachings with me, and I keep my many friendships and connections with others who share the love of these practices. I will continue to offer alignment based, heart oriented, non-dual, Tantra inspired, body-mind positive yoga practices. I give credit and honor to those who have taught me and continue to teach me, even as I make own authentic, heart offering, shaped by my years of practice and experience. I continue in my dedication to refining my practice and teaching, serving my community, seated in my heart, and unfolding my highest potential as an human-being.
I am flying free and high toward a bright future! I look forward to sharing this future with you!
RYT 500, E-RYT 200
Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach yoga instructor.