Karen Rain: Abuse in Ashtanga Yoga


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This conversation covers topics like sexual abuse that might be sensitive to some listeners. Karen Rain was an advanced Ashtanga student who experienced almost daily sexual abuse while working with K. Pattabhi Jois. In this interview, she shares her opinions on cults, yoga, gurus and trauma-informed practice in a way that will stark critical thinking. She speaks about her experiences in India, why she decided not to return and the painful reasons as to why she quit the practice altogether. She also comments on the people who have supported her and the devoted students who participated in the covering up and silencing of stories like her own. Karen also speaks about her relationship with Matthew Remski and how his work is changing the yoga landscape for the better. This conversation ends with a really practical discussion of trauma, consent, and ways in which teachers can make their classes more accessible and effective. This is a powerful conversation and a really important topic, we are grateful to Karen for sharing her experiences with us and we believe there is a lot to be learned from her.

Please visit kathrynbruniyoung.com to see the show notes which include a handful of Karen's articles, and other links that will help you to further understand this topic.

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