Tony Vedanta Wilmot Yoga Predator

Tony Vedanta Wilmot

Tony Vedanta Wilmot (SadhanaOm Yoga) is a yoga teacher from Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Tony Vedanta Wilmot has been accused of being a sexual predator by students, using his position to manipulate women. You can red one woman’s story of being sexually exploited and manipulated by him by clicking the link above. Tony Vedanta Wilmot is not a famous ‘Celebrity Guru’. He is generally an unassuming and seemingly sincere professional Yoga teacher. He teaches in small gyms and community halls and struggles to make a living from Yoga. This is all the more scary because he just blends into daily life and is not a ‘tall poppy’ for students or followers to cut down. Never the less, he has been accused of using his position of power, as a Yoga teacher, for his own benefit by manipulating vulnerable female students into sexual acts. He has practiced yoga for over…

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Amrit Desai

Original founder of Kripalu Centre Amrit, married, confessed to three affairs in 1994 and was forced to resign as spiritual director of his own ashram. While Amrit’s website makes no mention of the affairs or his expulsion from Kripalu, it does says that: In 2000, after a period of personal reflection and sadhana, Gurudev founded the Amrit Yoga Institute, first located Sumneytown, Pennsylvania and then moved to its current location in Salt Springs, Florida. Kripalu survived the falling of it’s guru and founder, and restructured its organization to be led by a professional management team, including people who had long been ashram residents. It has thereby became; “The first traditional yoga ashram founded on the guru-disciple model to transition to a new paradigm of spiritual education.” However, their website makes no mention of the scandal that almost destroyed them, summing it up in just one innocuous sentence. In 1994 Yogi Desai…

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Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)

It’s alleged he was involved in, or aware of, everything from tax evasion, immigration fraud, prostitution, drug-running, drug use, and he worked his followers to the bone. In India, he was known as the ‘sex guru’, and in the States as the ‘rolls-royce guru’, owning more than 90 at one time. It’s clear that all selves are manifestations of just ONE REALITY, ONE SELF, ONE AWARENESS. Some of these selves or persons beautifully display a garden radiant with wholesome virtues…. While other selves, through some kind of Divine whimsy, display lovely flowers mixed in with lots of weeds! Yet everyone is, at heart, quite innocent, utterly Divine. What an amazing dream, this wild, wacky, woeful yet wonderful life…. In the late 1980s, India’s so-called “Bhagwan” or “Blessed One” Rajneesh (née Rajneesh Mohan Chandra Jain, 1931-1990), back once again at his old ashram in Poona, India, tried to make himself and…

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Swami Muktananda

Introduced to America in the 1970s by Baba Ram Dass, Muktananda was known as the ‘Guru’s guru’ and was a widely respected teacher of meditation and yoga. However, many of his followers have since come out and claimed that Muktananda allowed, even encouraged, guns and violence into his ashrams, and grew rich and corrupt from his devotees work efforts. He also claimed to be completely celibate but it’s alleged that he regularly had sex with female devotees. The Secret Life of Swami Muktanand by William Rodarmor “There is no deity superior to the Guru, no gain better than the Guru’s grace … no state higher than meditation on the Guru.” -Muktananda ON THE American consciousness circuit, Baba Muktananda was known as the “guru’s guru,” one of the most respected meditation masters ever to come out of India. Respected, that is, until now. When Baba Ram Dass introduced him to the…

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Swami Satchidananda

Swami Satchidananda made it big in the USA in the lates 1960s when he was flown in by helicopter to be the opening speaker at Woodstock Music Festival. He went on to found the Yogaville ashram in Virginia and Integral Yoga institutes across the country and, with thousands of devotees, including Lauren Hutton and Carol King, was somewhat of a ‘Yoga superstar’. But by 1991, the situation had changed: Protesters waving placards (“Stop the Abuse,” “End the Cover Up”) marched outside a Virginia hotel where he was addressing a symposium. “How can you call yourself a spiritual instructor,” a former devotee shouted from the audience, “when you have molested me and other women?” New York Times Satchinanda always denied the accusations against him of sexual misdemeanors, but many of his followers are reported to have left his ashrams and institutes after at least nine women claimed he had sexually abused them….

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Swami Rama

Described as “a tall man with a strikingly handsome face” Swami Rama founded the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy, based in Pennsylvania with centers worldwide, as well as various service and teaching organizations. He was also one of the first Yogis to be studied by Western scientists. Journalist Katharine Websyter spent two years investigating the allegations of sexual abuse against Swami Rama, publishing an article in a 1990 edition of Yoga Journal that documented the experiences of women abused by Rama. A final blow to Rama’s reputation came just after his death in 1996, when a jury awarded nearly $1.9 million to a young woman who claimed she had been forced to have sex with him up to thirty times when living at the Himalayan Institute in 1993. Read More…

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Swami Maheshwarananda

When 20-year-old yoga fanatic Natalie was summoned to visit Swamiji Maheshwarananda one evening, while staying at his ashram in India, she was excited at the prospect of benefiting from his spiritual wisdom. In a small room lit by a candle flame, she accepted a hug and obeyed his command to look into his eyes. Minutes passed as the young devotee attempted to melt into his gaze. Her concentration was disrupted when another young woman appeared and sat quietly at their yoga master’s feet, but he remained focused on Natalie. “What do you give me?” he asked Natalie, who thought for a moment before answering: “I give you my mind.” “Only?” he implored. Confused and ashamed that her offering had been deemed inadequate, she tried again. “I give you my heart.” “Only?” he repeated. “My body and soul,” she answered, before reciting some lines from a prayer in a bid to…

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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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Swami Sathya Sai Baba

This recently deceased Indian Guru was said to have up to 50 million followers, who referred to him as ‘God on Earth’. He was most well known for his miraculous manifestations of holy ash, as well as jewelry and precious objects, and claimed to be a reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi. India’s president and prime minister both attended his last birthday party. However, for the last forty years there has also been a growing tide of accusations against Sai Baba, primarily that he sexually abused many young boys under his care. He has also been accused of faking his manifestations, money laundering, and murder. Had Sathya Sai Baba – plus his various officials – opened up to genuinely independent investigation and responded frankly and honestly to vital questions about his activities, there might have been some room left for doubt about the more serious accusations against him. However, the likelihood of…

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Dr. Kausthub Desikachar

The Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation made a public statement on September 22, 2012 regarding allegations were made by four teacher trainees, saying: …we’ve been made aware of the varying allegations of sexual, mental and emotional abuse against Dr. Kausthub Desikachar. Upholding this tradition and approach in the field of Yoga and Therapy, the Krishnamachraya Healing and Yoga Foundation are taking these allegations very seriously. Seven months later, Kausthub was back with a new website, and a letter explaining his new beginning: I realise that some of the decisions that I have made in the past have not been consistent with the high standards that I usually set for myself. I also fully understand and acknowledge that these have had far reaching effects, way beyond myself. There is no way of changing this past. I wholeheartedly repent for what has happened. An update to the latest scandal and sad disappointment…

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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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Bikram Choudhury

Founder of Bikram Yoga Bikram Choudhury is the founder of Bikram yoga, the sweltering practice he’s turned into an empire of hundreds of branded studios around the world. But, the empire may finally be crumbling. Choudhury is facing six civil lawsuits from women alleging that he sexually harassed or assaulted them. Most of them were students of his who had paid him thousands of dollars for rigorous yoga-teacher trainings and were dependent on him for their certification as instructors. Even his own lawyer filed a suit against him for sexual harassment, among other things, in 2013. The first suit was filed in March 2013 by Sarah Baughn, a former student, who said he sexually assaulted her after she tried for months to deflect unwanted advances from him. The latest suit was filed on February 13 by a Canadian yogi named Jill Lawler. All the women’s stories are similarly horrifying and include allegations of rape, sexual harassment, and sexual discrimination. The women allege…

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My Studio Invited a Sexual Predator

The author of the following article has requested to remain anonymous. This is her story. In recent decades there’s been a dark cloud hanging over the yoga community as many high-profiled sexual abuse cases involving yoga teachers against students have been brought to the public eye. The thought that one of those alleged perpetrators was coming to my studio made me feel sick to my stomach. I could not move. I was frozen in fear. Yoga has always been where I’d gone to feel safe. My safe space was no longer safe. I’ve practiced yoga for over two decades, but it wasn’t until I was severely beaten and later raped that I discovered the healing power of yoga. Yoga helped me with the physical and emotional injuries of my rape. Yoga helped me grow as a person. I credit yoga for helping me evolve from victim to survivor to thriver….

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