Yoga Australia Statement

18 Dec 2022


Update of Resources relating to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

A website has been created by former initiates of Satyananda Yoga, yoga teachers and academics, which shares the stories and testimony of Survivors. By highlighting the ongoing impact of abuse in the community, it aims to continue the work of those who spoke about their experiences to the Royal Commission:

Case Study 21 – Satyananda Yoga Ashram (Click here to view)

This website also contains further details about the findings of the Royal Commission in relation to Satyananda Yoga and clearly outlines those outstanding unresolved matters. It was created by former initiates of Satyananda Yoga; yoga teachers from other organisations; yoga researchers and academics, in consultation with many of the survivors of abuse; and with secondary victims of vicarious trauma and institutional betrayal.

Click here to see In Good Faith Foundation’s statement regarding this; and Braveheart’s statement here.

SOAS University of London Spiritual Abuse in Modern Yoga PodCourse (Click here)

In the PodCourse, “Spiritual Abuse in Modern Yoga”, produced by SOAS University of London, Amelia Woods considers issues surrounding abuse in Yoga. The course seeks to clarify the nature of spiritual abuse and its history within the transnational Yoga community. Students who undertake this course will be awarded a ‘Certificate of Completion’, with a value of 12 hours of CPD/CE merit from SOAS YogaStudies Online.

To enrol in this important programme, visit SOAS YogaStudies Online (Click here).

Further Information

Yoga Australia’s previous statement on this matter can be read here.

Yoga Australia’s Code of Professional Conduct can be read here; it is underpinned by Yoga Australia’s Statement of Ethics which can be read here.

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