Pattabhi Jois

Since his death in 2009 a steady stream of incriminating photos, videos and stories have been circulating about Jois, the beloved guru of the hugely popular Ashtanga tradition. The key accusations are that his adjustments were dangerous, fear producing, and injurious, and that Jois sexually harassed his female students. You can see why his students such as Tony Vedanta Wilmot of Birmingham UK feel it is OK to behave as sexual predators. Ashtangi Anneke Lucas recounts her power paso doble with the late master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. In short, Anneke was, in her own words, groped by Jois in Halasana. In absolute shock I rolled to sitting and found myself staring across the room at Sharath, Pattabhi Jois’ grandson, who stared back looking as horrified as I felt. I heard Pattabhi Jois remonstrating: “Bad Lady!” and the mild laughter of the crowd at the guru’s old joke. In disbelief,…

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