On Pattabhi Jois and Sexual Abuse
I have known about the sexual abuse allegations against Pattabhi Jois since 2016, and I believe them. I never met him (my first trip to Mysore was in 2011, after he had passed away). There are no pictures of Pattabhi Jois in the places where I teach, and I do not refer to him as Guruij. My connection to the lineage is through his grandson, Sharath, who gave me his blessing to teach in 2014. Everything I have heard, seen and experienced as a student of Sharath has been indicative of a safe teacher-student dynamic. This is important to me.
I believe the Ashtanga Yoga method has helped thousands of people in countless ways and I have great love for its practitioners, but I do not think the practice alone makes anyone, however famous, infallible. We must be willing to have hard conversations, take our teachers off pedestals, and support people who have been abused in whatever way we can.
I work to make my teaching reflect a high ethical standard, to make my classes a safe place to practice, and to accept all feedback with an open mind and a willingness for conversation. The method is evolving, and I intend to evolve with it.