- The founder of Ashtanga Yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga was founded by Pattabhi Jois and his teachings are
now managed on by his daughter and grandson. Pattabhi Jois was only
twelve years old when he met his guru Krishnamacharaya. He began
practicing in secret, without telling anyone in his family.
Krishnamacharaya, commonly called the father of modern Hatha
Yoga, studied with his guru for many years and he gave him the text
Yoga Korunta, which described what we know as the foundation of
Pattabhi Jois's argued that we need a strong and healthy body
before we proceed with the inward journey of yoga. His idea was to
start with the physical postures, asanas, before getting on with
the other 7 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.
Pattabhi Jois, called Guruji by his students, which is a loving
nickname for ones Guru, was Brahmin, which means that he learned
sanskrit from an early age and studied traditional texts. He taught
for over 35 years at the Mysore Sanskrit College and has a
professorship in Advaita Vedanta, a philosophical view.
Pattabhi Jois also started to teach yoga at an early stage and
in 1948 he established Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (AYRI) in
The first westerners came to Mysore in the sixties and in 1974
Guruji made his first trip to the U.S to teach yoga. Guruji taught
until the very end of his life and passed away on May 18th in his
home in Mysore.
Today Gurujis grandson Sharath is head teacher of what is now
called Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) and
he continues to spread the teachings of Pattabhi Jois alongside
with his mother, Saraswathi.
Anyone who wants to is welcome to go to Mysore and practice. Read more here if you want
to travel to Mysore. The teachers want you to stay between one to
three months. You need to apply for a place three months before you
plan to arrive.