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How do we co-create safer yoga and spiritual communities?
Through dogged investigative work, careful listening to survivor stories
of assault and abuse, and close analysis of the cultic mechanisms at play
in the sphere of Pattabhi Jois's Ashtanga community, Matthew Remski's
Practice and All Is Coming offers a sober view into a collective and intergenerational
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Paperback, 366 pages
Published March 14th 2019 by Embodied Wisdom Publishing
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Karen Rain
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If they care at all about truth and non-harming, Jois Ashtangis should read Practice and All Is Coming, which examines the sexual abuse scandal around Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga yoga. I am one of the main sources of victim testimony for the book. Matthew has documented verbatim my testimony and that of 15 other women who Pattabhi Jois sexually assaulted (including 4 violent digital rapes). I must admit that there are parts of this book that are too triggering for me to read.
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Molly Lannon
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had many mixed emotions reading Practice and All is Coming, Matthew Remski's incredibly thoughtful and thorough examination of Pattabhi Jois' legacy and the potential for harm in yoga circles. It is particularly important and timely as yoga as a business continues to grow, and the pool of experienced teachers, versed in historical, social, cultural and political influences continues to diminish. Having been a dedicated Ashtangi, a student at one of the schools mentioned, and close friends and ...more
Anne Pitman
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is essential reading.
Unacknowledged for too long, Remski asks us to bear witness to the travesties perpetuated by some of yoga's most celebrated teachers. Heartbreaking as it is, we learn through his determined and unflinching look at the mechanics of deception, and thus shattered, we witness the stunning capacity of some of the victims to rise and make visible what has only lain in shadow. Illuminated by their courage, Remski, a tireless scholar, asks more of us yet: to sharpen
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Josh
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***MUST READ for anyone involved in the modern yoga, meditation, and spiritual scene.****

In “Practice and All is Coming,” Matthew Remski exposes and compassionately analyzes the dark underbelly of the yoga world: toxic group dynamics that enable abuse. The book is a case study of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Pattabhi Jois -- the fallen ‘guru’ of Ashtanga yoga. With first-hand testimony of many of the victims and survivors, Remski walks the reader through the multilayere
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Frank Jude
My first yoga teacher said to us, “Yoga is in the relationship.” Matthew Remski reminds us of this when he writes, “of the many things yoga practice is, it is a delivery device for relationship patterns.” Unfortunately, for too long dysfunctional and abusive relationships have been the norm throughout the modern yoga community. Remski examines the myriad forces and conditions that have allowed this travesty of yoga to continue and refutes the notion that it’s just a ‘few bad apples,’ by showing ...more
Dan Clement
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Matthew's book is extremely well researched, straightforward and comprehensive. Abuse appears in so many guises and within the yoga community, it seems particularly egregious. I think Matthew has opened a window that casts light onto a history of sexual abuses that cannot withstand the steady gaze he brings to it. I highly recommend this book.
Courtney
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for anyone in the yoga community. Wish it had been reading for my yoga teacher training.
Deb
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am grateful to Matthew Remski for his research and his thoughtful attention to the history of the abuses, his centering of the abused in his telling of the story and his perspective on healthy ways to move forward.

It took me months to read this book, partially because of, well, life, but also because I needed time to reflect, digest and revisit previous sections. The revelations of abuse in the Bihar tradition came to light with the work of the Royal Commission in 2014 and the response of the
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