Showing posts with label Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Show all posts

23 July 2015

Guruji Lives Here

Guruji Lives Here.

A video of ashtanga yoga students practising around the world, will be released on the full moon day of July 31st 2015. It will show the global influence that Pattabhi Jois has had on so many people; many of whom (including myself), have never even met him

This video will show students simply showing up on their mats and practising yoga. This is a wonderful, moving tribute to Guruji who dedicated his life to Ashtanga yoga. A fitting celebration/dedication to a wonderful man in what would have been his 100th birthday year.

More to information to follow...

03 April 2015

Quote of the day: Sri K Pattabhi Jois

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

25 February 2013

So new Ashtanga yoga book coming - Sharath Jois

So Sharath has written a new Ashtanga yoga book  (with the help of a couple of his students, whose names I didn't catch). As far as I am aware, this is his first book.

He told us about this in the conference yesterday and even made light of some of the then/ now photographs of himself contained in the book. I also believe he said it contained some health related asana -but this could be a "lost in translation" on my part.

There are lots of photographs contained in the book-some with him as a young man practising with his grandfather Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I know this book will go on sale in the Shala in the next few weeks, but not sure when/where it will be on general sale. If you have friends currently in Mysore, get them to pick up a copy for you.

I also managed to find the courage to ask a question in that conference yesterday, but that's for another post perhaps.

04 August 2010

Video: Sri Pattabhi Jois

When I saw this recently on Youtube, I felt like I was watching a very private moment in Pattabhi Jois' life. I think it shows the father/grandfather that he was; as well as being a wonderful yoga guru. Very touching!

25 May 2010

Quote of the day...

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

12 May 2010


Ahimsa is probably one of the best known Yamas of the Eight Limbs Yoga Path and is often described as "non-harming" or "non-killing".

Patanjali's description in the Yoga Sutras is as follows:
Himsa means to cause pain
Ahimsa not to cause pain
The translation of Patanjali Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda goes on to say:
"Killing is different from causing pain. Causing pain can be more harmful than killing. Even by your words, even by your thoughts you can cause pain".
(Patanjali Yoga Sutras Book 11.30).
Ahimsa in our lives

So how do we bring Ahimsa into our life? Firstly, I believe we have to have some understanding of how we can harm ourselves; looking at some areas of our lives that might not be working for us. If we hate our jobs; don’t feed ourselves in a caring way; berate ourselves for not being good, rich and/or successful enough etc... we are acting on Himsa. These are just a few examples, as we all have different ways in which we can cause ourself pain.

Bringing these areas into our awareness, we are then able to make choices and changes. Bringing non-harming to ourselves, enables us to practise Ahimsa (non-harming) to others. Compassion for oneself can then be shared with others.

As with all the Yamas/ Niyamas, we continue to practice this in our lives on a daily basis.

Pattanjali puts this Yama first, before asana and pranayama, so noting its importance… On a personal level, I came to yoga for the asana (poses) and then discovered Ahimsa; and all of the Eight Limbs came into my life (consciously or subconsciously) to varying degrees. When I slip off the beam, I think of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and him saying “practice all is coming”. I interpret this as practice all areas and not just asana.

Ahimsa on the yoga mat

How do we practice Ahimsa on the mat? We can take care of ourselves on the mat by really listening to our body. For example, by modifying poses when necessary; resting when we need to; not looking to see how well someone is doing in their backbend, arm balance etc and then comparing it to our own in a negative way.

Practising ahimsa on the mat, is to practice yoga without judgement, with love and compassion for oneself.

22 March 2010

Advanced Ashtanga practice with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

I recently found this Ashtanga yoga footage from the mid 80's in which Sri Pattabhi Jois is teaching to advanced yoga students. It is an amazing piece and you can clearly hear Gurjji teaching in both Sanskrit and English. I really enjoyed watching some of his hands on (feet on) adjustments too.

18 January 2010


Here is a photograph of Ashtanga yoga master, the late SRI Pattabhi Jois. I believe it was taken in the summer of 2009 (so shortly before he died).

I never got to practice yoga with the great man himself, but my own teacher shares so many of her stories about her 30 year friendship with Guruji as he is fondly known.

In the photograph you can see the kindness and humour Guruji shared with many. I personally love the hoodie with "guru" on the front of it.

This photograph was kindly shared with me by Nick.

20 July 2009

Recommended yoga reading

I heartily recommend the book Ashtanga Yoga written by David Swenson, a must-read for anybody interested in this particular style of yoga, which translates into English as follows:
Ashta=Eight Anga=Limb Yoga=Union (The Eight Limbs of Yoga)
David has been practising yoga since he was 13 years old and has made a life-time study of the Ashtanga series. The book looks at both the primary and intermediate series, and also offers some short forms of the practice, which are particularly useful for when time is restricted. I love the way David has put variations for all the poses. He offers at least three different options for each pose, thus making the Ashtanga series available to all.

Having studied yoga with David back in the early 90's, I don’t think this book reflects his sense of humour, which has to be experienced by meeting the man in person. The book does, however, reflect his amazing wisdom of the Ashtanga Series as taught to him by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

I use this book as my yoga bible and take it with me wherever I go. I also use it as a reference book when I need to look for any technical adjustments. I believe the poses shown in the book are very accurate and guide the student through a safe yoga practice.

Although books can be extremely useful to all yoga students, it is always a good idea to seek the guidance of a qualified teacher, before you progress to Mysore style self-practice.

25 June 2009

Sri K Pattabhi Jois "Guruji"

I would like mention to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, or “Guruji” as he was often called, who died in May at the age of 94. He was the man responsible for the Ashtanga vinyasa series, much loved in the West. His take on yoga has touched many people around the world and his famous quote “practice and all is coming” is used by many teachers.

While I never got to practice with him myself, a lot of my yoga training was completed under the supervision of two of his early followers, David Swenson and Nancy Gilgoff (the first western woman to practice with Guruji in Mysore, India). She and her partner at that time, David Williams, took Pattabhi Jois to California and, from there, Ashtanga yoga started to attract followers from all around the world.

As a matter of interest, Nancy – who now lives in Maui, Hawaii - will be in the UK in October to hold several workshops. These will take place in Wiltshire and are well-worth attending. That said, she usually requires participants to have at least two years of experience practising yoga. I will keep you informed of any updates!

Before signing off, I would like to give special thanks to Pranasound for allowing me to use this wonderful photograph of Guruji... Most kind of you and much appreciated!