Into Account has received multiple reports of unethical and abusive behavior perpetrated by David Harshada Wagner, a meditation teacher formerly based in New York City, now living in Ojai, California.
These accounts corroborate a pattern of spiritual, sexual, and financial abuse. They demonstrate that Wagner uses his meditation teaching to gain intimacy with students, then uses that intimacy to exercise coercive control. We have reviewed extensive documentation related to these reports, and find them to be credible.
According to these reports and related documentation, David Harshada Wagner has engaged in sexual activity with students. He committed these actions in the context of professional activities such as spiritual retreats and private instructional sessions. His professional offerings often appeal to survivors of sexual abuse.
Wagner’s removal from Glo, online yoga teaching platform
Glo, an online yoga and meditation teaching platform that once hosted Wagner, has removed him from their platform. In response to an inquiry about whether he still taught for them, Glo wrote, “We have learned facts that make us think David does not share our ideals, we have ended our relationship with him. We regret that we are unable to offer more information on our choice.”
If you have been harmed by David Harshada Wagner, Into Account would like you to know that you are not alone. For those who have experienced grooming and sexual abuse, it can be difficult to navigate options while also dealing with memories of traumatic, demeaning, or confusing experiences. Into Account advocates are here to provide confidential, free support for you. We’ll give you the best information we have and accompany you through any reports you decide to make. We can help protect your autonomy and your privacy so that you have the space and time to make the best decision for you.
If you would like to speak to an advocate, you can fill out a confidential online report form.
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