WHEN GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PEOPLE....
I'm gonna try to make a really long story as short as possible ... stay with me ...
This is me circa 2002 , new teacher , bright eyed, bushy tailed .
I just quit my first teaching gig at the studio I trained at in downtown NYC. Atmananda.
I had found out that my trainer was a sexual predator.
I couldn't be a part of him or his studio .
It was a beautiful space , a wonderful community, I had a substantial following.
But I had to go .
A new teacher trainer approached me after one of my classes , asked if we could talk.
She told me that our teacher had refused to give her her training certificate unless she slept with him.
My jaw dropped , that was not the only story I heard that week.
About half a dozen women/ girls came to me to give me their stories, one more horrifying than the next .
I knew he was a creep, I experienced it first hand, not to this extent.
These women got together, went to the police.
He was arrested more than once.
The Yoga Alliance was called .
They said (and I quote) "we are not the yoga police". Are you fN kidding!?! I never paid them again.
These women's lives were shattered. Some had to go to therapy , some quit yoga. Destroyed lives .
He continued to teach , train teachers .. from within the yoga community, nothing was done .
Yesterday, I'm scrolling IG.
There he is...Atmananda Miami ..
My jaw dropped again.
He's still out there, doing what he's doing.
He's still laying his hands on women, God knows ...
His website says London too.
Teachers that take advantage of students is deplorable.
We have seen the fallout lately.
Not for this guy .
Karma has taken far too long .
Sometimes what we portray is not what we are....be aware ....
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