Amy Ippoliti has decided to leave Anusara, announcing her resignation yesterday to newsletter subscribers and via social media channels. In a newsletter with the subject, “I’ve made a decision… You’ll want to open this,” Amy made a short announcement with a link to a blog post. She writes,
I have decided to Leave Anusara yoga.
It’s been a wonderful ride and one that has deeply influenced my life in infinite ways; however, I have found myself no longer in alignment with the direction of the organization.
Some of you will be upset with this decision, others will be elated, but one thing I can assure you is that I am not going anywhere. I am still Amy, and will continue in my mission to expand the horizons of yoga, and to teach from my ongoing practice as creatively as I know how, and in doing so, I will not compromise my personal values or commitment.
My calling is to help yoga teachers and practitioners of all styles. (read the rest of the departure blog post here)
The brief blog post, highlighted by a rather dramatic newsletter introduction, indicates that somebody may be looking for attention. However, YogaDork’s post on the subject has so far received only three comments, one of which was “Yawn…”
Following on the heels of last fall’s mass Anusara exodus (the resignation of Elena Brower, Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell), this announcement is going to make us all wonder about the direction of Anusara yoga. It’s also called into question the integrity of Amy’s delivery. As Carol Horton points on the IAYB fanpage, it’s “a weird combo of dramatic and public on the one hand, and devoid of sharing insight and info on the other.”
I think it also points out bigger questions about the fine line between the personal and the private – not only in the yoga world, but in our hyper-connected social media saturated world, where words like “transparency” and “authenticity” are overused to the point of being almost meaningless. How forthright should teachers be after making public declarations about personal decisions? How are students affected by these decisions? And is there a difference between leaving a tradition and leaving a brand?