Swamis, Sex & Gurus
A Forensic Assessment by Dean Das
The Australian Yoga world is aghast at recent revelations of sexual abuse within the Yoga community. The Royal Commission into Institutionalized Child Sexual Abuse, 2014, revealed the sexual misconduct of leading Swamis within Satyananda Yoga. Currently, the Principal Swami at the Shiva Yoga School of Meditation and Yoga, Mt Eliza, Melbourne, is facing potential criminal charges for multiple incidences of sexual abuse against female followers (The Age Newspaper, ‘Sex Swami, 21/1/2015; 18/3/2015). These are two of the latest examples
of abuse allegations leveled against prominent Swamis, Gurus and Yoga teachers.