Call me what you want. Nevertheless I will persist. Attacking the woman who brings up the claim and changing the subject is an all too familiar tactic. It reeks of guilt, patriarchy and aggression. And I will NOT stand down or apologize for who I am. _ I am brave and entrepreneurial. I am a respected and well-known yoga teacher. I am an author of multiple books. I have spent two plus decades honing my craft, building this reputation, affecting my students on a one-to-one basis, and forming who I have become as a person. _ Read more HERE: /2018/03/dear-alo-kino-macgregor/
My personal hope is that the two “sides” can talk this out sans lawyers, and find a point of consensus that is truly a win for all.
In the meantime, a reminder that hate, trolling, bullying is not helpful for one’s own cause. Constructive criticism—the ability to agreeably disagree, with an open mind and heart, to listen—is what our community, and our world need more of.
While this all may seem like drama—and there is some of that—there are important issues and questions for our yoga community here. Capitalism, transparency, bullying by fans, the theistic notion of “fan” and fame itself replacing community, litigation against individuals instead of dialogue.
So, please, support mindful, open dialogue on platforms not controlled by Facebook or other quarterly-return-focused enterprises. Support independent, mindful forums that encourage talk, and listening—and may we all work together to encourage peace, and discourage litigation.
And, when in doubt, come back to the practice. The practice teaches us to breathe through the difficult times, such as this. Not to avoid. Not to make worse with our own aggression. May it be of benefit!
~ Waylon, ed.
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