Happy Birthday Anusara Yoga!

Twelve years ago today, John Friend founded Anusara Yoga, on a day that was already auspicious for many reasons.

It was also twelve years ago that I started teaching yoga, and that I took my first workshop with John Friend, and was blown away in more ways than one!

Today is also the birthday of the teacher who introduced me to Anusara Yoga, and this wonderful community, and who also gave me my first job as a yoga instructor. I was blessed to be able to complete my first teacher training with her, which I began in 1996.

Betsey Downing is today, one of the pillars of Anusara Yoga. She is currently the co-chair of the Anusara Certification Committee, and she has been a primary teacher to me in these last twelve years. She is a woman who exemplifies both humility and grace and it has been both a joy and an honor to witness her own evolution as a teacher and as a spiritual human being. I can think of very few people as committed to her own spiritual practice and growth.

I would not be where I am today, had it not been for Betsey. She not only touched my life, but my students' lives as well. Her gift is to carry this wonderful practice to all the ends of this nation, scattering it as seeds that her student teachers nourish and in turn plant in their own students hearts.

On this day, I honor all of my teachers - and most especially John Friend and Betsey and Downing. I honor their teachers - and their teachers' teachers as well - going back to the dawn of time - for their teachings have all born fruit in my heart - and in the hearts of all those I touch as well.

John wrote a wonderful blog today on the story of Anusara Yoga and I would love to share it with all of you! Enjoy!


Visit Betsey's web site for more information on her and her schedule:


Randall said…
Just now reading this...I share your feelings for Betsey, John, and Anusara.
Olga Rasmussen said…
Found out some other Anusara teachers also have b-days on that date - or right around it! How auspicious!

Love, grace, and blessings,

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