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Day in the life: Sex, suits, and enlightenment. Just another Guru.

from the ny post

Monk-y Business: Controversial NYC guru Michael Roach

Michael Roach, a controversial Buddhist monk, lost his “spiritual partner” to another man—and started partying and dressing in Armani suits. Now his flock is struggling to keep the faith.

[NY Post Page Six Magazine by Beth Landman]

Last November, Mia*, a comely thirtysomething yoga instructor at a studio downtown, got a strange phone call. Geshe Michael Roach, an ordained Buddhist monk and guru to many in the Union Square spirituality scene, was in town. He wanted to hang out that night with her and some of her other yogi friends, but he didn’t want to talk chakras or do vinyasas. He wanted to hit the clubs.

Later that evening, Mia met up with the 57-year-old monk at Cielo, a hip club in the Meatpacking District known for its house beats and tough velvet rope. He wasn’t wearing his usual flowing monastic robes. “It was the strangest thing,” recalls Mia. “He was in this Armani suit and with a model, and he was now saying that everyone should dress up”—strange indeed, given that thousands of years of tradition dictate that Buddhist monks live spartan, celibate lives.

With his heavily lined face and thin graying hair brushing his shoulders, the guru didn’t quite blend with the Cielo scene, though he did his best, boogying down with a young Chanel-clad Russian girl. Erin Vaughan, another yoga teacher there that night, was shocked. “He was on the dance floor, and there was nothing enlightened about it,” she says.

With an unorthodox approach to finding enlightenment—Geshe Michael encourages his followers to couple up with spiritual partners and never stray more than 30 feet from each other—he has always moved to his own beat. But after his own spiritual partner left him last summer for a younger man, he started to behave oddly, and now even some of his most loyal devotees are having trouble following his moves.  read full article

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Our Yoga Reading List: 2010

The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America
by Stefanie Syman
Pub. Date: June 08, 2010

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice
by Mark Singleton
Pub. Date: February 2010

Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives
by Mark Singleton, Jean Marie Byrne
Pub. Date: February 2010

Yoga Around the Web

Over at the yoga blog, “it’s all yoga, baby”, there’s a fun little discussion about yoga:  tradition, evolution, the west, and all the rest… “Yoga’s constant state of evolution”.

Slate made a little video (or someone who is sponsored by Slate, or whatever) chronicling the secret, dirty, underworld that is teaching yoga (in NYC).  Wish they would dig a little deeper past sexual indiscretion and personal hygiene issues.  How about business ethics and practices, for instance?  In any case, thanks for putting this out there…Watch at “Linda’s Yoga Journey”.

…guess that is it.

 

-ebeans