Big weekend ahead for Jois Yoga-backed center at UVa

As I’m sure most of you know, Saraswati and Sharath are beginning their time in America. (So it’s a good time to brush up on your Led Primary etiquette!)

One of their early stops is in Charlottesville, Va., at the University of Virginia. Yes, it’s the site of the Contemplative Sciences Center, which was funded by Jois Yoga backers Paul Tudor and Sonia Jones. On Friday, students, faculty and staff at UVa have the chance for a free 90-minute class and lecture featuring both Saraswati and Sharath.

Not a bad deal, huh? Here’s a bit from the center’s announcement, Gurus on Grounds:

After a hour-long yoga class, Sharath will discuss the benefits of yoga and answer questions in a seminar moderated by UVA alum, yoga-enthusiast, and dear friend of JPJ, Paul Tudor Jones.


Admission to the event will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and necessarily limited by the maximum legal capacity for the space. Please be prepared to arrive early to ensure being among the fortunate 300 first arrivals who will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

No prior experience with yoga practice is required to participate.

Non UVaers are told to register here, which is the Jois Greenwich site.

But it isn’t just the Friday class that is making for a big weekend. All day Saturday, the center is hosting a conference titled, Contemplation and Medicine in South Asia & Beyond. There are three focuses: Yoga and Ayurveda in Premodern South Asia; Mindfulness, Compassion and Ayurveda in Contemporary Clinic Care and Research; and Healing Places: Contemplation and the Build Environment.

No doubt the Contemplative Sciences Center is off and running. We’ll keep watching where it heads. (And that’s no April Fool’s Joke!)

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