John Friend

Founder of Anusara Yoga In February 2012 an anonymous website went up alleging John Friend was guilty of leading a Wiccan Coven, having affairs with married students and Anusara teachers, messing with his employees pension fund and mailing marijuana to himself and expecting employees to deliver it. John Friend has since relaunched himself with a new brand of yoga called Sridaiva Yoga. At his best, when a crowd of hundreds of students extended their limbs before him or drew deep breaths with their eyes closed, John Friend could captivate minds and shape bodies. Students spoke of melting beneath his touch. In a gentle voice, he urged them to reach for something beyond the physical, something that extended past the poses they perfected on their yoga mats and embedded into their everyday lives. “It’s all yoga,” he would say. He became a superstar, a jet-setting international celebrity of boundless ambition who…

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