Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington lead meditation at Contemplative Sciences Center

This week, Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington headlined — if one can headline such a thing — a meditation at the University of Virginia, as guests of the school’s Contemplative Sciences Center. To refresh your memory, that’s the institute that Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones — backers of Jois Yoga and the Sonima Foundation — … Continue reading Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington lead meditation at Contemplative Sciences Center

Jois-connected Contemplative Sciences Center to offer free online courses

I’ve been periodically checking in with the Paul Tudor and Sonia Jones-backed Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia since its $12-million funding was announced a year ago. There hasn’t been a lot to see, I have to admit. But today, for whatever reason, I finally found the Center’s UVa web home. In other words, those … Continue reading Jois-connected Contemplative Sciences Center to offer free online courses

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 … Continue reading Big weekend ahead for Jois Yoga-backed center at UVa

Jois Yoga backers to give $12 million for UVa contemplative studies program

UPDATE: Thaddeus at Elephant Journal asked me to write a little something about it. I was a bit more awake when I did, and it’s been posted. Feel free to have a look. I tried to sum up some of the discussion going on here and I noted John Campbell’s possible role. Here is the … Continue reading Jois Yoga backers to give $12 million for UVa contemplative studies program

We have a date for the next phase in the Encinitas yoga trial

Now, on as the Yoga World Turns: On March 11, 2015, attorneys with the National Center for Law & Policy will again square off in oral arguments against counsel defending Encinitas’ public school Ashtanga yoga program at the California Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, in downtown San Diego, California. The case is fully briefed and … Continue reading We have a date for the next phase in the Encinitas yoga trial

Watch the Mindful Congressman talk about transforming the country

We highlighted the Mindful Congressman — Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio — a while back after he met with Eddie Stern. Now, not surprisingly, the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia has posted video of the Congressman’s talk there. Perhaps this will raise your regard for elected leaders in the U.S. Posted by … Continue reading Watch the Mindful Congressman talk about transforming the country

Ashtanga in the news

This one, I’ll admit, is a bit tangential, but Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga and the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center all get mention. Why? Because of something that Jois Yoga backer Paul Tudor Jones said at an event at his alma mater (hint: it’s UVa). And because it ran on Friday in one of the … Continue reading Ashtanga in the news

Claim: Encinitas yoga program promotes and advances religion

Throughout the now months-long battle between parents upset about the Jois Yoga-funded program in the Encinitas schools and supporters, I’ve continually returned to two fundamental questions: Is yoga inherently religious, as the opponents (who have now filed a lawsuit to stop the program) suggest? What is it about this Jois Yoga-backed program that caused such … Continue reading Claim: Encinitas yoga program promotes and advances religion

University of Virginia starts Ashtanga Yoga Program

Ever since the University of Virginia announced its grant from Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones (the backers of Jois Yoga), we’ve been keeping an eye out for developments around the school’s Contemplative Sciences Center. There hasn’t been much, which isn’t too surprising. Universities (in our experience) err on the side of not talking too much about … Continue reading University of Virginia starts Ashtanga Yoga Program

Did Jois Yoga in Sydney quietly close? — Updated

I was just looking around the Interweb for some information for a post on Sunday — quick guess on what it might be about? — and I found, if that’s the right word, a lack of a Jois Yoga in Sydney page. If you recall, there used to be a “locations” link on the Jois … Continue reading Did Jois Yoga in Sydney quietly close? — Updated