This story affected me. It’s clear that, intoxicated or not, the woman had poor judgement and some sort of physiological problem.
I know how serious her actions are. I don’t wish that trauma on anyone. I only wish to convey that many people come to yoga as broken people. They change. Their body changes, they feel healthier, they feel better, they notice what it’s like to be “in-tune” with their bodies natural rhythm, however, that does not give you the right to not be responsible.
We stop going to the doctor, people may ignore the signs of mania, perhaps they alter their lives to match the symptoms of inadequacy they feel.
Oftentimes, people rush from one thing to another. We don’t take the time or the space necessary to heal themselves from our own trauma. People can be excessively happy, or completely irritable and often it’s without an outlet for the way they feel. They may act out erratically, they may unintentionally, or intentionally hurt people… or most commonly, people will completely isolate themselves from the outside world. There are a whole myriad of reasons for peoples actions. The facade you hear in a persons voice, or see embodied in their physical form, is often not who the person is on the inside.
Yet, this is not about excusing behavior. This is about taking responsibility.
Yoga heals many people, yet often times, I feel it is falsely reinforced to us that “yoga heals everything,” or “Yoga is a Cure-all” … yet again and again — anyone that has practiced yoga regularly will know that is just simply not the case for everyone.
Yoga is not a one size fits all and suddenly — you’re cured and you’re healthy.
People are human, the “work” is never done and we are fallible.
My feeling is that Yoga is an amplifier of your root nature and if you are imbalanced, then you run the risk of amplifying your pre-existing condition. If you simply ignore your issues — hoping that yoga will fix you — you are sabotaging yourself. The best chance any of us have is a the daily maintenance of ourselves.
People have to take care of themselves because we have a responsibility to ourselves and to the people we teach, or work with, or study with or if we are genuinely lucky enough, to help. But, just because you’re a yoga teacher and people think you’re some sort of great healer, that doesn’t mean you are — it just means you convinced yourself that you are.
When you are in a position of power, each time trust is abused, you are doing a disservice to yourself and to others. You owe it to yourselves to be healthy and to seek help if you need it. In the end, it’s an inside job, and no one will reflect the truth better than the person in the mirror, you just have to be willing to see the truth for what it is.
– Brian Castellani
Yoga Instructor Flashed, Fondled and Sexually Abused Kids:(11-15) at Bar Mitzvah
SCOTTSDALE — Scottsdale police have arrested a 32-year-old woman on suspicion of multiple sex crimes after officers were told she performed oral sex on a 15-year-old boy last weekend during a bar mitzvah, according to a department spokesman.
Scottsdale police have arrested a 32-year-old woman on suspicion of multiple sex crimes after officers were told she performed oral sex on a 15-year-old boy last weekend during a bar mitzvah, according to a department spokesman.
Lindsey Ann Radomski told authorities she was intoxicated and does not remember the alleged encounter with the boy, said Sgt. Ben Hoster, a department spokesman.