Image of yoga teacher Sushovita Pal with a slight smileSushovita (Subi) Pal is a Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has completed 1750 hrs of teacher training and is certified by Isha Hatha School of Yoga (2018 Batch), INDIA. Sushovita is also in the process of completing a graduate program in OSU's department of Integrative Biology. The offering is designed for people who are not committed practitioners but at the same time do not want to get lost in the mundane of routine.The participants would be learning Upa-yoga. Upa-yoga is a system that brings health and rejuvenation in the body. It is a simple yet powerful process that can be learned easily. 


Dr. John Edwards is a social psychologist specializing in social cognition. He is an Associate Dean in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Director of the Contemplative Studies Initiative, which he cofounded.  Among other topics, he has research interests in the intersections between Buddhist philosophy and social cognition. John has an affinity for practicing and teaching compassion meditations. 


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Kate Gallagher, MA, 500 e-RYT, has been dedicated to studying Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, and the teachings of mystics and poets of many kinds over the last 15+ years. Kate had the opportunity to complete a 12-month solitary shamatha (calm abiding) meditation retreat in 2018. Her offerings are drawn from that experience and the generosity of her teachers: Mira Shani, Jarret Levine, Will Duncan, Lama Drimed Norbu and others. Kate's style of leading contemplative practice is intended to be non-dogmatic, both gentle and challenging, and down-to-Earth. 



OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative is led by the Director, Dr. John Edwards, and the steering committee, composed of Dr. Michele Ribeiro, Dr. Vicki Tolar Burton, Dr. Stuart Sarbacker, Dr. Winston McCullough, Dr. Geoff Barstow, and Dr. Dee Denver. Members of the steering committee will be sharing practices and teachings from their contemplative and academic backgrounds throughout the weekend.