100-yr-old US church to host yoga classes

Alabama, United States
15th April 2010

Bangalore: A registered historic monument in the US will now be used by Art of Living Foundation for their community service initiatives.Art of Living founder Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is currently on a tour to the US, inaugurated the 100-year-old church in Los Angeles on Wednesday.The new centre will offer classes in yoga, meditation, and knowledge programmes to the public and hold a series of cultural events.

Designed in a neo-classical style by well-known architect Alfred Rosenheim, the construction of the historic building began in 1907 and was open to public in 1910. At the time of construction, it was the largest church on the West Coast of USA and was titled the world's largest poured-concrete dome. The building was placed on the USA national register of historical places in 1987. On Wednesday, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gave a discourse on Upanishads to at least 1,000 persons. He will also address students at the University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California.