Matthew Remski’s article (“Power Imposed,” July/august) about how a yoga guru fostered a culture of sexual abuse shows that we are at a cultural turning point in the future of global yoga. This is not the time to step up to defend our teachers out of a sense of loyalty. This is a time to step up to defend the dignity of students who were dehumanized.
Our practice came from a human origin, was passed along by human instruction, and is brought to life every day by our very human bodies. It is a fallible process that may need to be changed, updated, and renewed.
Regina, SK Remski’s story is a stark reminder of all that can go wrong when a popular practice goes unexamined and we defer to people in positions of power without first asking ourselves what is right and kind and progressive in life. After all, isn’t that introspection a part of what we are supposed to be learning during our time on the yoga mat? Molly Lannon Kenny Nayarit, Mexico