Shielded for Decades, A Yoga Leader’s Alleged Sexual Abuse Finally Comes Under Fire

In the yoga world’s latest #MeToo episode, activists are rising up against the spiritual institution that failed them

To date, three of the global yoga schools inspired by Swami Sivananda’s 1930s mission are now known or alleged to have been headed up by sexual predators.

The new abuse accounts, taken together with those previously reported, indicate that Nair left Reddy and his colleagues with more than a license to print yoga money.

One day, Nadine woke up from a nap with him lying directly on top of her. “That was the nail in the coffin,” she said.

So far, the Sivananda story sheds light on what psychologist Jennifer Freyd calls “institutional betrayal,” in which the effects of interpersonal abuse can be worsened by the organization that enables it.

“It’s like coming out of this weird performance. All along as you were in the play, you weren’t allowed to talk about it. You had to be quiet. You were the audience but also part of it somehow.”

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