In December 2014, the Royal Commission (RC) into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia turned its focus to Satyananda Yoga’s Mangrove ashram in New South Wales, events there in the late 70s-80s, as well as the ashram’s more recent dealings with survivors.
While this commission affects everyone, it is the survivors who need to be acknowledged first and last. There are no words for their bravery but there are ways to offer support and this includes the rest of us finding clarity or space enough for our own questions and responses.
Based on information that has come to light during and since the initial hearings of the RC, combined with my own journey of doubt and faith that has run parallel and prior to this, I have one clear enough answer at this moment. I honour the training and practices I acquired from the Satyananda Yoga Academy in its current form, however, I wish to go forward simply as “a yoga teacher”, rather than a trademarked, patented, labelled yoga teacher exclusive to one tradition or another. While there is loss in this, among other things it is also a more authentic way of continuing to integrate other styles into my own practice. Yoga is about “union” after all.