Monday, April 16, 2012

Exclusive - John Friend photographed at self-exiled retreat

With the jaw dropping reports in the New York Times and the Daily Beast, the intrepid reporters from Yoga Enquirer have photographed John Friend at his therapy retreat.

Shown here is Mr. Friend in a therapy session with the famous yoga guru, Sri Sri Swami Baba Guru YogaDawg and three of the guru's disciples.

The exclusive YogaDawg compound outside of Las Vegas where the retreat and counseling sessions are taking place.

Yoga Enquirer - Only the most important yoga news.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ma Anand Sheela and the Rajneesh scandal

In light of the John Friend scandal, the antics of Rajneesh and his inner circle was truly something to behold. Since I was in Oregon during the time of Rajnesspurum and the arrests of Rajneesh and Ma Sheela, I found this account of Sheela's current life of complete interest.

"Birnstiel(Ma Sheela) blamed her outrageous conduct on the guru. She only did his bidding. She is candid that she had no interest in spiritual enlightenment, the key draw of the guru. She was instead in love with the man.

"My own personal conflict with Bhagwan was a bigger issue," she said. "My love for Bhagwan had a priority over all problems."

That conflict became irreconcilable in 1985, Birnstiel explained. She said she was told of an order for 400 Valium tablets and learned they were for the guru. She said she was stunned. She had no idea he was taking drugs. He had always preached the need to face life without being intoxicated."

Birnstiel now operates two homes for the mentally disabled.

Full story here

Ma Anand Sheela addresses disciples in the commune's two-acre lecture hall.

Ma Anand Sheela deals blackjack at the commune's cardroom at Rajneeshpuram.

More photos of Sheela

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A new Equinox parody...

...or so you would think. Ha, ha so wrong on so many levels.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Doga Magazine CoverDawg Contest - From the YogaDawg archives

From last year's spoof on Yoga Journal's cover model contest.

Doga is looking for fresh, new dogi talent to grace it’s next issue. The winning jpg will travel to the Doga photoshop room for an exclusive cover. Send a jpg of your dogi to by Friday, April 22, 2011 and one will be chosen at random to be the next Doga coverdawg (seriously, send me a picture of your yogadawg...)

And we actually had a winner...the awesome dawg, Mollie...

And let's not forget the major scandal associated with this contest....

Doga Magazine Slammed As Insensitive

And don't forget to vote for YogaDawg to be the first Dawg on a cover of Yoga Journal...;)

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Bikram Quotes - Updated (Latest from LA Weekly)

More quotes from the master.  This time from LA Weekly

I am going to go to trial to get him punishment, to make him an example, so no one will ever have the guts to do that same kind of shit.

I always forgave my students, like Jesus. But I reached a point where I have to protect my regular legal schools.

I kind of run this city (LA). They depend on me.

Because I'm a sweet, kind guy, everybody thinks I'm an idiot, I'm weak. Now I have to protect my franchising. If I don't, nobody will buy my franchising anymore.

You work hard to make me famous.

Greg Gumucio, he's finished. He's ass in the grass.

And his older zingers below:

Did you pay to come here and listen to me? Wow! I am lucky. I go shopping tomorrow!

An Iyengar class looks like a Santa Monica sex shop with all those props.

They make so many stupid things in America.

I'm in show biz. I entertain people. Why do you want to pay money to go to a hot room and torture yourself?

We are a totally fucked up society.

What happens when they say they will commit suicide unless you sleep with them? What am I supposed to do? Sometimes having an affair is the only way to save someone’s life.

What are they eating for breakfast on Jupiter?

The whole Bikram class is one big brainwashing session.

I have balls like atom bombs, two of them, 100 megatons each.

Nobody fucks with me.

‎Nothing bothers me,I'm bullet proof, waterproof, wind proof, money proof, sex proof, emotion proof, stress proof, strength proof.

Indian yogi's are old-fashioned, conservative, prejudicial people. You have to look like yogi, talk like yogi, have a beard like yogi.

America’s biggest problem is too much freedom.

Western people can’t meditate. In India people really can’t meditate either.

When in Rome, I must do as the Romans do. When in America, copyright and trademark.

I'm feeling sleepy, because I haven't gone shopping for a long time.... I haven't bought a car for two years—no, I bought a car last month, the fancy new Chrysler.

I should be the most honored man in your country.

Don't throw up on the carpet. It's new.
Why are your legs spread? Women should not spread their legs any time, anywhere! Only in emergencies.

Downward Facing Dog? That’s not yoga. That’s American circus.

I control my kingdom like a gangster. It’s the only way it works. In America your biggest problem is you have a second choice. So you have an abuse of choices and too much freedom. It’s like a loaded gun in a kid’s hand

How many Rolls-Royce do I own? I don’t know. 35? I give every staff member of mine a car, something like a Jeep Cherokee. I have 17 vans.

I'm a product of Beverly Hills

American Yoga teachers are clowns. Circus clowns. They completely fucked yoga. They crucified hatha yoga in America. There is no yoga called kundalini, power, vinyasa, dog yoga.

I drive my car down Highway 10, to Palm Springs, then I take a left turn, onto Highway 15, towards Las Vegas, and when I am past Death Valley, in sixth gear, and the engine is producing 750hp and the speed­ometer is going from 380 to 400kph, then you are driving a Lamborghini! That’s called life, you idiot!

Reagan was so stupid. It was amazing this man could ever be president. He said to me, “What’s wrong, Bikram: 33 years and she never listens to me, my Patti? She hates her father so much she doesn’t call herself Patti Reagan but Patti Davis, her mother’s name?” I said, “Mr President, you raised her a bitch. I’m a guru, I make her a human being, I make her a woman, I make her a daughter, I make her a girl, I make her a lady.”

I’m not dressed like a guru am I? I dress like a gangster. Like Robert De Niro. I am more westernised than any western man you have ever met.

Don't get married. Don’t even take a chance. If you make water like this and get married, your marriage will not last three weeks. You should not learn yoga, learn how to cook! You know why women get divorced in America? Why you guys get divorced in the western world and, in India, no divorce? From 10 years old, mothers teach their daughters how to cook. You are the lousiest cooks in the world.

Who the fuck is this YogaDawg? He's the only guru in America besides me who is not a joke.

White Hat Don: I should be the most honored man in your country.

Black Hat Don: Nobody fucks with me.

YogaDawg Don: Hi

Friday, April 06, 2012

Yet another yoga parody...

These are becoming as ubiquitous as yoga studios...

You might also want to check a couple of other recent yoga parodies:

Om, Inc

Om Sweet Om

Sunday, April 01, 2012