If you have minimal experience with Anusara Yoga, you know the system is based on the principles of contraction and expansion. And you probably know that expansion always follows contraction. After eight months of painful contraction, a group of committed former Anusara Yoga teachers have announced, via an email newsletter, its expansion: the new Anusara School of Hatha Yoga.
We are delighted to announce that in response to the requests of many students and teachers from around the world an independent teacher led Anusara® School of Hatha Yoga™ has been formed.
Inspired by our deep love of service, the community and the method of Anusara yoga, an enthusiastic team of global teachers has been working with great devotion on the ASHY to retain and cultivate what was, is, and will continue to be great about Anusara yoga.
The mission of the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga is to uphold and promote the philosophy and methodology of Anusara yoga, maintain the integrity of the method, and to include the leadership, talents and voices from communities at regional and local levels in creating a globally sustainable school of Anusara yoga.
As you may remember, John Friend has already reinvented himself and created a new series of yoga. While he reportedly supports the ASHY initiative, he is not directly involved.
The multi-coloured font newsletter goes on to say:
WHO WE ARE
This summer an informal group of teachers joined forces to preserve what is valuable and meaningful to the hearts of so many in our community. Our interest was to uphold the integrity of the method beyond any one individual in a way that would be sustainable and evolutionary in the future. It has evolved into an entirely independent new school. We have formally obtained and secured the exclusive legal rights to use all Anusara registered trademarked material.
Soon after we came together, we learned that the European teachers had been organizing along the same lines since April. We reached out to them and began a dialogue on how we could grow together into a global yoga school. The original group of US teachers, with representatives from Europe, now includes Andrea Boni, BJ Galvan, Kai Hill, Christy Nones McKenzie, Jane Norton, Charly Pivert, Jackie Prete and Doc Savage. There are many others who have pledged their support and will serve in various ways. This diverse group of licensed teachers is a collaborative effort with the vision of an independent, globally represented, democratic, teacher-led school of Anusara in contrast to the hierarchical model.
So what does this mean? Our ultimate vision is that the ASHY is teacher-led, governed by a Global Board of Directors made up of Certified Anusara yoga teachers, Anusara-Inspired teachers, and Anusara yoga students that democratically represent all the regions of the world.
HOW IT WILL WORK
To get established and operational, a few teachers have volunteered to serve as interim team coordinators. They will be joined by representatives from each of the following regions: Asia/Pacific, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Israel, Middle East and USA. In late 2014 or early 2015, the intention is to replace the interim teams with elected representatives from the world regions, from an electorate of all teachers currently licensed at the time of the elections.
If you are a currently licensed teacher with Anusara Inc. you are a member of the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, if you choose to be.
The license to use the trademark rights will be held by a company called First Principle, Inc. which forms the legal foundation for the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. Creating a separate legal entity is the most efficacious way the school can be truly independent of Anusara Inc.’s authority and legally use the Anusara trademarks.
First Principle, Inc.’s only purpose is to support the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. The corporation will be involved with day-to-day administration of business issues for the school – managing the website, communications, collecting license and certification fees, paying assessors and creating a self-sustaining structure for the school’s future. Beginning January 1, 2013, all fees will be administered by the ASHY and will be the primary source of income to pay expenses incurred while establishing and running the school. The Policy and Procedures team will publish the new licensing guidelines, updated curriculum, and inspired and certified status requirements on our website by end of 2012 for your review.
CERTIFICATION AND INSPIRED STATUS
If you were in the process of certification, or getting your inspired status when the Anusara crisis unfolded, please contact Jackie Prete, interim Certification Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has been working closely with Anusara Inc., to gather the information needed to help you move forward toward your goal. We appreciate your dedication and are committed to help you continue on the path of Anusara yoga. Moving forward, all license and application fees will be handled through our website, www.anusarayoga.com and any questions about your status can be directed to the ASHY, rather than Anusara, Inc.
We realize for some of you being an Anusara yoga teacher is no longer a title you choose to uphold. We honor that choice and wish you well as you move forward on your path. We also acknowledge and appreciate the great efforts of other AY teachers that tried to achieve a similar goal earlier this year. While it may not be exactly as it was envisioned by earlier teams, their labor was not in vain.
Anusara is now an officially independent and teacher-led hatha yoga school, very much alive and committed to moving to new levels of growth and refinement.
To date, the ASHY has been focused on creating the container that holds the full legal rights and use of the trademark laying the groundwork for the emergence of a truly independent, teacher governed organization. John Friend and Wendy Willtrout align with our intention and have been supportive and fully co-operative without desire to be directly involved in any of the decision process. They have pledged to help the new school in any way we request to ensure our success as a self-governing model.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
What can you do now? If you desire to get involved in any way please send an e-mail to email@example.com. For more information, please refer to the FAQ’s at our website www.anusarayoga.com.
Please note the new web address is www.anusarayoga.com
We look forward to growing this school together with you and bow, palms together…. to you, our peers, our community of the Heart.
The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga