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Candy Gunther Brown

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469648484

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648484.001.0001

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The Jois Foundation Partnership with the Encinitas Union School District

The Jois Foundation Partnership with the Encinitas Union School District

(p.86) Chapter 5 The Jois Foundation Partnership with the Encinitas Union School District
Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools

Candy Gunther Brown

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 5 explores the partnership between the Jois Foundation and the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) from 2011 to 2016. The Foundation gave EUSD $4 million in grants to introduce Ashtanga yoga; in return, EUSD helped the Foundation develop and validate a curriculum to roll out nationally. The chapter explains how the Foundation got a foothold at EUSD; describes the 2011–12 pilot program (in EUSD and Florida charter schools), grant and expansion in 2012–13; and reveals the Foundation’s ongoing involvement in training, hiring, and supervising yoga teachers, co-authoring a curriculum, and funding research by the Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL) at the University of San Diego and the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) at the University of Virginia. The Foundation and EUSD deflected parent complaints and defended against litigation by modifying language, while preserving Ashtanga yogapractices—always opening with Sun Salutations and closing with Lotus and Rest. The chapter argues that the history and context of the Jois-Foundation-EUSD partnership shows that despite renaming “Ashtanga yoga” as “EUSD yoga” and disavowing Foundation control, EUSD still taught Ashtanga yoga, continued partnering with the Foundation, and promoted practices that critics and supporters perceived as religious.

Keywords:   partnership, Jois Foundation, Encinitas Union School District (EUSD), curriculum, pilot program, Ashtanga yoga practices, EUSD yoga, Sun Salutations, Lotus, Rest

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