An international yoga scandal came to a head in Portland last weekend, as the owners of the Yoga Union studio disagreed with the owner of their building over the scheduling of a controversial speaker.
"I don't support his presence at YU," Chris Calarco, the building owner and a prominent local instructor, wrote on Facebook. "His comments display his striking white, male privilege." Todd Vogt, the co-owner of the Yoga Union studio, felt otherwise, "We do not feel there is a threat…He obviously isn't a mere stereotype of a privileged white male."
Yoga Union later apologized: "We regret our language around these matters…In truth, we feel very sensitive and confused."
There will now be a public forum to discuss student-teacher boundaries, but Yoga Union says it is still under contract to host Kaminoff.