A couple of years ago I almost lost my with to a Pheonix LGAT. Luckily with the help of this site and persistence I was able to get her out. I think it has happened again. Maybe you all can help.
My wife has always been interested in Yoga and did some classes here and there and it was never a problem. Until I started doing some research on this a few days ago, I never dreamed this was going on again and I can't believe I didn't see the signs. Here is my story.
About a year ago she started going to Janes House of Yoga and wellnes. The wellness part should have tipped me off. About 6 months ago she signed up for Yoga Teacher Training. It is expensive and we got into a big fight about it, but I finally said whatever, if it makes you happy. Big mistake. It is a year long class consisting of two 9 hour classes one weekend per month. I think it is like 200 hours for a "certification", which I have found out means squat. Over the last 6 months my wife has been more and more angry and physical with me. She increasingly puts down every thing I do. She will never talk about what goes on in these "classes". She has been taking more and more classes in addition to this training class. She has been getting up at 5AM to do yoga, and is the tired at night.
3 weeks ago she initiated an argument with me after I had had quite a few beers. I kept trying to leave and go into another room or downstairs and she just kept coming at me and coming at me. It finally came to a head and she started getting physical, kicking me, punching me, scratching me. I should have left the house, but I didn't, and I finally said if you hit me one more time I am going to hit you back. Well she clawed my face and I hit her in the eye one time. I realized what I had just done and backed off and she went inside and we both called the cops. Cops came and nobody was arrested and I had my dad come pick me up. This is the first time I have ever hit anybody in my whole life. I really don't know what happened other than I finally snapped.
The next day she took my child, all financial information, and all financial paperwork. The day after that she finally contacted me and said she was bringing the kid home. Instead she showed up with the cops and served me an ex parte order. I was kicked out of my home, could not see my child, and now looked like a criminal to everybody. After 3 weeks waiting for a hearing, I got the child orders dropped and I can see my kid every other weekend, but my lawyer made me do a consent order on her because she had super bloody pictures that she took immediately after I hit her. I don't remember it being that bad. So I am still barred from my own house. I filed for divorce because I couldn't believe that she was being so cruel including the child. She told everybody that her lawyer made her do that.
I am a great dad and I have never hit anyone ever. This is just been a nightmare.
A couple of days ago I got an email from an old Facebook profile I forgot I had. So I signed in and just for kicks I look at her profile (I was banned immediately on my normal profile). She has everything private so all I can see is her profile picture which is some yoga love bullshit quote "sprinkle love on your soul blah blah blah". Anyway, I look at who "liked" it. Well TONS of people from her new yoga community just LOVES it. No actual friends "liked" it except for the one who got her in the last LGAT. Lightbulbs go off in my head, alarms are ringing, and I realize what has just happened AGAIN.
So the more I research this, the more I am convinced it is cult type stuff they do. Facebook likes are a perfect 5, everybody just praises everything. Over half of the people in her "class" have been there forever. They do retreats in Jasper Arkansas, a known cult town. They sell their yoga business every 8 years or so and start a new one. They have multiple aliases, they have tons of addresses and phone numbers.
CirclYogaShala was selling the last weekend class they did at Jane's House of Yoga and Wellness for $65. So I bought it. I had to wait a day for an "invitation" from a moderator to get a login to the private site. I downloaded all the videos with a program that can do that figuring I would not have access long. Sure enough, within about 4 hours I was blocked and my money refunded. Later I learned my wife never even knew that it was for sale. It was only 9 hours of an 18 hour class and I am sure all the really bad stuff is omitted. Most of it is really creepy though, some start with them coming out of some trance stuff and a bell ringing. The very first video starts out with my wife blowing her nose on some tissue and obviously she had been crying. Most of the videos they are in a circle. Most of the videos the guru only looks one way and directly in my wife's direction. I am assuming the people that have had the class a billion times are on one side and the new recruits are on the other. One video there is some weird dude that keeps trying to touch his arm to my wife's arm and I can tell she is trying to scoot over so she doesn't touch him. They have their back against the wall for some reason and my wife is next to a window, so she can only scoot over so far. When the are doing "yoga", the guru pays a lot of attention to my wife and touches her many many times "correcting" her posture, etc. The more I watch these the more they creep me out.
95% of our mutual friends are on my side and can't believe what she is doing. It seems she doesn't care and is just doing MORE yoga.
Maybe you all have more info than I can find. Maybe I am wrong, but my gut tells me they got my wife to do ALL this stuff, not her lawyer. But here is what I have so far. I can put the videos on youtube, but they would probably sue me. I know this will be moderated and if you feel it shouldn't be posted just let me know. I am just looking for a second opinion. Thanks again.
] - Place my wife goes. Robin Buck owner
] - These people seem to be the real "gurus" Holly and Matthew Krepps. Their teacher lineage includes several people that show up on this site.
] - Teacher lineage
] - Jane's House of Wellness
] - Holly Krepps
] - Matthew Krepps
] - Robin Buck
] - amazon review by Robin Buck of a book that my wife sent me a link to. And no, I am not an alcoholic.
] - Holly Krepps Amazon wishlist - interesting list of items.
] - Business the Krepps sold in 2009.