Bethany McClean has a fascinating piece in April’s issue of Vanity Fair about Paul Tudor Jones’ yoga loving wife Sonia.The billionaire hedge fund manager’s wife teamed up with the heirs of the late Ashtanga-yoga master Krishna Pattabhi Jois (aka Guruji) to open schools to share his teachings at the request of the deceased instructor.
However, this is apparently causing some drama in the Ashtanga yoga community lately, especially amongst those who fear changes to the Ashtanga tradition.
Then again, some people in that yoga community have had issues with Sonia’s choice of yoga mat colour and where she gets to sit.
From Vanity Fair:
From the beginning, there was gossip about Sonia. When she began going to India, Ruffin found her a special house, where a tennis court was built for her children. She showed up at the shala with a pink mat, and others felt she got a special spot at the front of the room. There was talk about yoga teachers who were lucky enough to be carted up to Greenwich to teach the Jones family.
All the drama aside, Ashtanga yoga seems to provide immense benefits for the Australian native and former fashion model. What’s more is her husband PTJ seems to like it, too, but he gets to take summers off. We’re not really sure why.
From Vanity Fair:
These days, Sonia Jones, at 44, is a walking advertisement for the physical benefits of Ashtanga. She’s slim, but in a toned way rather than an annoyingly skinny one. Blonde and tan, she is warm and ebullient, more earthy Australian than uptight Greenwich grande dame. Every morning, she does her practice in a sunny studio—decorated with pictures of Jois and his family—in her Greenwich house, overlooking Long Island Sound. She’s so committed to Ashtanga that, if you’re in her life, you have to do it, too. (Ruffin, who runs a high-end travel service and first met Sonia in the late 1990s, is an exception: she’s unapologetic about liking spinning, and tells me that Guruji used to call her “bad lady.”) All of Sonia’s children practice—from Chrissy, who is a student at Stanford, to Caroline, who is a singer-songwriter attending New York University, to Dorothy, who’s in high school, to Jack. (Sonia admits that she has to bargain with 15-year-old Jack by telling him that if he does his practice he doesn’t have to read.) Paul does Ashtanga, too, although he gets to take the summers off. Sonia says that, after meeting Guruji, Paul concluded, “He’s the happiest person I know, and he’s not on drugs,” so, she thought, there had to be something to his system.