Some ex-members of Shiva Yoga have set up a new Facebook Group called Leaving Shiva Yoga with Love. For those who were interested in a forum for discussion we think this is probably the ideal format. (Please note, this group is only for those people who consider themselves to have left the Shiva Yoga Ashram).
You can find it here:
Integrative Psychology in Melbourne has kindly sent in two more documents to add to our resources section. The first explains in detail the psychology of the charismatic leader and is highly recommended reading. The second outlines the process of exit counselling for those who feel they might be in need of that kind of professional support after leaving Shiva Yoga. You can view them by clicking on the links below:
The charismatic leader fact sheet
Exit counselling for former members of cults and other abusive groups for clients
“Cult leaders can exhibit problems with impulse control (otherwise referred to as acting out). This acting out normally takes a number of forms, the most common of which are sexual and physical abuse. This behavior is often known only to a select few yet when it is publicly known complex explanations are offered… Thus there is often a claim to a special kind of teaching; this is particularly the case in sexual exploitation…” – Integrative Psychology
“It is well-known that our lineage is a Tantric path, involving worship of the Goddess with strict disciplines. Swamiji has never claimed to be a sexual renunciant nor demanded celibacy from any of his students, and until now Swamiji has kept aspects of the teaching and his personal activities secret in line with age-old Hindu Tantric scriptures.” – Stephen & Vani on behalf of the Management Committee, Shiva Yoga Inc.
Integrative Psychology in Melbourne has emailed through the following 2 documents for your perusal:
What is a cult
What’s the difference between a cult and another organisation
We will make them permanently available through the resources page. Feel free to contact Integrative Psychology if you feel you need counselling or more information.