John Campbell

John Campbell, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and the Founder of the Contemplative Sciences Center (, of which he is currently the Coordinating Director of Yoga Programs. He is a longtime practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for over twenty years, seventeen of which were under the direct guidance of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2003 he was honored to become one the few Certified teachers of Ashtanga Yoga worldwide. He lives with his wife and three children in Charlottesville, VA.

John Campbell instructs the following:
  • Breath, Mantra, Prāṇa: Sanskrit for Yogis and Yoginis
  • A Module of the Ashtanga Immersion
    (For the full Immersion, go to:

    Class Series ~ Every Friday, 6-9 pm
    “If one has knowledge of Sanskrit, then knowledge of yoga is possible as well.” Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois

    Knowledge of Sanskrit, "the language of the gods,” is an essential component in the study and practice of Yoga. Just as the physical postures are designed to energize and heal the body, the sounds of Sanskrit were engineered to transform and purify consciousness.

    While studying the key terms and concepts of Yoga in their original language opens a door of understanding, the practice of mantra provides access to the subtle world of prāṇa, the vital energies underlying body and mind.

    Meeting once a week over three months, this course draws on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali to teach students how to read, pronounce and (most importantly) to chant Sanskrit as a powerful tool for meditation and yoga practice.

    It is appropriate both for the total beginner as well as for those already familiar with Sanskrit.
    Fridays, 6-9 pm
    PRICING - Whole Series:
    Pure Members $400
    Non-members $420
    PRICING - Per Friday:
    Pure Members $40
    Non-members $45

    To register, please email



    John Campbell, Ph.D., has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for the past 25 years. He studied directly with Pattabhi Jois from 1992 until his passing in 2009 and was Certified by his late teacher in 2001. A scholar of Sanskrit and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, he is co-founder of the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia, where he served as professor of Religious Studies until 2017.