Searching for Ahimsa

I don’t really know how to address this article about my Yoga Teacher Trainer. I had been made aware in general terms of some of the accusations against him in the last year, and have been slowly coming to terms with this. If you download the print version of this publication, you can read more of his self defence in his own words, which may do more harm than good in terms of public perception but certainly seem like an accurate reflection of his experience.

I’m glad to see that he has incorporated consent cards into his teaching, although, as many of the people interviewed say, it may be too little too late.

The difficult part for me is trying to figure out why I was so attracted to his style of teaching in the first place, and what lessons I can take from this. I stopped taking classes as soon as I heard about the allegations about him, but more importantly, I need to rethink what yoga classes should be. I am so grateful the studio here for helping me process and develop my understanding of adjustments this last year. The workshops and discussions we’ve had have been transformative in the way I see the role of a yoga teacher. That, along with the Yoga and Movement Research Community that Diane Bruni runs, have set me down a path towards a radical change in how I teach.

The other side of this, though, is great sympathy for everyone involved. The people who were hurt at Bhava, as well as for Peter. This #MeToomovement is so important for our society. We need to come to terms with the harm and abuse that happens so regularly, and understand how our silence and acceptance makes us all complicit in that harm. It is time to truly learn how to practice Ahimsa, on and off the mat.


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