Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The time I went to a yoga class and it ended up being a cult


There was once a time, not too long ago where I was searching for a yoga class to join. It had to meet the following criteria: be near work, start after work and be near home. A free taster class going to hurt either.

I struggled to commit to classes that were slap bang in the middle of a Saturday or twenty minutes after work. I didn't want to rush like a mad women to my first ever class. I wanted to float into the my first ever yoga class with ease. Ease, man.

So when I found one that started at 6pm, in the city centre and was free!, I thought I had won the jackpot. I book the class and ring to confirm with the lady what to wear. To which she replied, "comfortable clothing that wont distract you".

No alarm bells had rung yet. That advice was extremely sensible.

I arrived at the class, dressed in my finest (only proper pair of) yoga pants and comfy top. I was met saw a few other people in the foyer/reception of the building. When I look back on it, some of them did look a bit bewildered and confused. I had put that down to nerves. I was also reassured by a girl holding on to her yoga mat.  So as we climbed the stairs I assumed that we were heading to a small yoga studio.

Instead we entered a simply decorated room with chairs lined up in a semi circle, facing forward, as if you were being seated for a lecture. And that is exactly what it turned out to be. It was nothing sinister, the host was an elderly lady dressed all in white, she discussed with us topics that are easy to resonate with. However alarms rang when she spoke very rigidly about karma, stating that if you are a victim in this life, be it in a natural disaster, freak accident, robbery or rape. Then you have done something bad is this life or a past life, that is deserving of this bad karma. It is a repercussion of your bad self. This was something I could not agree with morally and from past experience.

After a few more words it became very apparent: BAM! I was at a "religious" introduction class.


I agreed with being a good person, with playing your part in the world. I did not however feel comfortable with the amount of dictation that was deemed necessary to succeed in life. I'm not going to name the organisation, however after much research, disturbingly I have found it to be a cult. A cult that takes your money, removes you from society and dictates how you live your life every second of the day. With the promise of being a goodness or god in the next life.

What was even more worrying was that I could see how you could easily get caught up in it all. The meditation at the end of the talk was both calming and energising. I enjoyed it. That kind of euphoric stillness would tempt anyone to go back for more. Except you would not get that all the time. You would be expected to pay obscene amounts of money and volunteer all you time to an organisation that uses you like a cog in their wheel.

I did not return and have since found a great yoga class.

If you are seeking guidance, go to a counsellor or even life coach. If you need an open ear, carve out some time with a friend. If you are looking for a new class to join, do a proper google search beforehand. I wish I had. The problem is this, everyone is going to feel lost and unsettled at some point in their life. That is normal. Just don't let that feeling make you prey to someone's else greed or prerogative.

Keep well. Stay safe. Rock on.

7 comments:

  1. Good thing for you that you saw clearly in their game! Unfortunately, some other weaker people going through rough patches might fall for it :( I also wanted to do yoga when I lived in London, and I saw this place near home on my way back from work and it did look like a cult... It's scary!

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    1. It can be hard to find the right class, let alone not ending up somewhere you don't want to be!

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  2. That is a crazy story! I can't believe that omg

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    1. I know, it happened back in December. Random post i know but I wanted to share it x

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  3. Lucky escape for you. It makes me so mad that people take advantage of others vulnerability.

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    1. I wouldn't call it an escape, as i could have easily left the meeting. It angers me that it was so easy to fall into. Thanks for reading xx

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  4. I have got some new information here. I will book mark it. yoga mat and bag

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