Anusara News – Feb. 2, 2021


Help plan Samavesha 2021 Online this September!

Are you interested in helping to plan this special event? Contact Operations Team Coordinator Kim Friedman on Slack or via email ( if you are interested in serving on the Samavesha Planning Committee. Volunteers will receive a modest stipend. Committee participation requires attendance at weekly meetings and work between meetings.

Positions needed:

  • Marketing
  • Technical support
  • Pre-production
  • Programming
  • Event Treasurer

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Help plan Anusara’s biggest event of the year
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Connect with other teachers
  • Contribute to Anusara’s growth

Volunteer today!

The Heart of Anusara Event series includes all Anusara events and trainings around the world, such as Immersions, teacher trainings, workshops, and gatherings.

We feature the Heart of Anusara Event Series every month through email and social media to let you know about all the rich offerings happening worldwide!


Teacher Trainers
New 200-hour Empowerment Reviews are now available upon registration of your next Immersion/Teacher Training!!!

Gratitude to the curriculum writing team volunteers for completing this project: Jayendra Hanley (ECAT), Karen prute-Francovich (ECAT) and Rachel Dewan (ECAT)

Upcoming Online Events

Feb. 11: School Orientation for Licensed Teachers (8h00-9h00 New York Time. 8h00 New York – EST / 14h00 Central Europe – CET) on Zoom

Get a “tour” of the School organization and the resources available to you as a teacher. More details on the event page. (Who is invited: All licensed Anusara teaching members)

Use your Teachers’ Lounge login

Feb. 25: Information Session for Graduates of the Anusara 200-hour Teacher Training Program (8h00-9h00 New York Time. 8h00 New York – EST / 14h00 Central Europe – CET) on Zoom

Congrats on completing your Anusara Teacher Training program! We invite you to join this information session where we will introduce you to the School, to the benefits of being an Anusara teachers and what you need to know to become a licensed Anusara yoga teacher (Open to: 200-hour Anusara Teacher Training graduates, licensed teachers and teacher trainers)

Secret Code: 108111. Anusara Teacher Trainers please share this link and code with your students.


Is March your renewal anniversary month? 
All licenses will now renew on the first (1st) day of the month.
Please verify your renewal month by logging into your MindBodyOnline account. 

  • Effective January 2021, a late fee will apply if you do not pay your license on time. 
  • Please read the latest letter from the Director of Professional Development to learn more about late fees and the importance of renewing before your license expiration date.


Congratulations, new Anusara Elements teachers!

Ursula Reinhold
Student of Barbra Noh

Peti Joser
Student of Sabine Völk-Rombach

Nicole Klein
Student of Barbra Noh

Emanuela Neri
Student of Piero Vivarelli in Italia

Romina Vanzini
Student of Gaby Zermeño 

Nerina Cristal
Student of Gaby Zermeño

Congratulations to Christina Rappich from Germany, our newest Inspired teacher! 
Thanks to Vilas Turske for doing the class observation.


What is cultural appropriation?

“Cultural appropriation occurs when someone else speaks for, tells, defines, describes, represents, uses or recruits the images, stories, experiences, dreams of others for their own. Appropriation also occurs when someone else becomes the expert on your experience, and is deemed more knowledgeable about who you are than even yourself.”

 -Loretta Todd, Métis Cree Canadian film director, producer, activist, storyteller, and writer

Cultural appropriation causes harm when:

  • The person appropriating is profiting from another culture’s wisdom and practices, not uplifting teachers from that culture, and/or not making material reparations to people from that culture (material harm/exploitation).
  • The culture is being disregarded or disrespected (e.g., using another culture’s religious or spiritual values/practices/symbols/norms/etc. incorrectly).

-Adapted from Susanna Barkataki’s article “What is the Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation?”

What is cultural appreciation?

“Cultural appreciation involves power balancing and ahimsa (non-harm or harm reduction.)

1. Power balancing: sharing power or using privilege or advantage to uplift or support an under-resourced group or people.

2. Non-harm (ahimsa) Reducing or mitigating harm, or actively uplifting the source culture and its people. Consideration, care and respect that comes from learning about and uplifting the source culture and those who often don’t receive support. This can include financial, social, political, emotional and cultural care and support.”

-Susanna Barkataki, author of Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice


  • In what ways might I be unintentionally appropriating yoga from its South Asian roots? 
  • What is the impact of this cultural appropriation, whether or not the intention was to cause harm?
  • What is one concrete step that I can take to start practicing cultural appreciation instead of cultural appropriation?

Learn more about cultural appropriation:

Share your thoughts and questions with the D.I.G. Committee! We would love to hear from you.

Contact info:


“I have just finished reading the most recent news letter from the [Board of Directors] Vice President [Letizzia Wastavino] and I wanted to extend a huge handful of gratitude to the small but efficient staff and board for getting and keeping the school together. As a member who survived the implosion and a business owner and board president of a local non-profit I know just how much everyone who has participated has done. So often that work goes unnoticed and unappreciated. I commend Letizzia for spelling it all out so clearly for the entirety of the school. I myself, am happy to pay more.”

Genevieve Oswald
Anusara Teacher
Taos, New Mexico


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