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Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public SchoolsReforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion?$
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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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After Sedlock

After Sedlock

(p.140) Chapter 7 After Sedlock
Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools

Candy Gunther Brown

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 7 narrates Foundation activities beyond Encinitas and after Sedlock. Sonia Jones rebranded the Jois Foundation as the Sonima Foundation (Sonima Health and Wellness Foundation) in 2014 and as Pure Edge in 2016, and provided funding, curriculum, training, and support to schools in Nairobi, Kenya; San Diego, California; New York City, New York; Houston, Texas; East Palo Alto, California, and Louisville, Kentucky. Seeking to avoid future lawsuits, the Foundation subtracted linguistic references to Ashtanga, but continued to teach core Ashtanga practices—including Sun Salutations, Lotus, and Rest—increasingly coupled with mindfulness meditation. Once the threat of litigation seemed safely past, Foundation leaders reintroduced references to Jois, Ashtanga, Hinduism, Buddhism, and spiritual goals through a visually distinct website, Sonima.com. This gave the Foundation perceptual distance to become more involved with funded schools by requiring use of a proprietary curriculum, mandatorytraining and supervision, and formal evaluation of results. The chapter argues that having won a victory for yoga in Encinitas, the Foundation accelerated its missional work of bringing the philosophy, teachings, and values of Pattabhi Jois to youth in underserved communities across the country and around the world.

Keywords:   rebranded, Jois Foundation, Sonima Foundation, Pure Edge, linguistic references, mindfulness meditation, Sonima.com, proprietary curriculum, mandatory training, missional work

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