K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) announces Sharath’s 2009 world tour dates, shala registration policies, and other updates in their first quarterly newsletter.
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KPJAYI NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2009
Happy New Year! As we usher in 2009, we proudly introduce some exciting changes at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. This is the first of a quarterly newsletter designed to keep the greater Ashtanga community informed with news from our Mysore shala.
Our school name has formally changed to K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute to distinguish Guruji’s method from any other yoga labeled “Ashtanga.” Our website has also been renamed and refined. Please now consider http://www.kpjayi.org the official website of Pattabhi Jois’s teachings, and for the definitive listing of all certified and authorized teachers from the institute. We will continue to enhance the site over the next year; initial improvements include new Mysore practice and teaching requirements (see below).
NOTE FROM THE FAMILY
Though he is no longer formally teaching, Guruji, at 93, is feeling fine. Sharath is now in charge of classes at KPJAYI in Mysore, India, and is assisted by his mother Saraswathi, Pattabhi Jois’s daughter, who also runs a late-morning session for beginners.
R. SHARATH’S 2009 TOUR DATES
Please check http://www.kpjayi.org regularly for further details and registration information.
NEW YORK CITY
Week 1: Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24
Week 2: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1
Week 1: Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8
Week 2: Sunday, May 10 – Friday, May 15
Week 1: Wednesday, May 20 – Monday, May 25
Week 1: Sunday, August 2 – Friday, August 7
Week 1: Sunday, August 9 – Friday, August 14
Week 2: Sunday, August 16 – Friday, August 21
Week 1: Sunday, August 23 – Friday, August 28
BALI – SYDNEY – BYRON BAY
October and November: Dates to be announced
December: Dates to be announced
KPJAYI SCHEDULE AND MOON DATES
Unless otherwise noted, classes at the Mysore shala are always in session. Please check http://www.kpjayi.org for updates. There are no classes on full or new moons and the following holidays:
Monday, January 26 (new)
Monday, February 9 (full)
Tuesday, February 24 (new)
Wednesday, March 11 (full)
Thursday, March 26 (new)
Monday, February 23 (Maha Shivaratri)
KPJAYI SCHOOL POLICIES
As a result of the vast number of students now coming to Mysore, we have refined our requirements for enrollment, which include a new application. This application [www.kpjayi.org/practice] must be received by KPJAYI at least 60 days prior to arrival in order to be considered for admission. Your application will not be accepted if received after the 60-day cut-off period. The criteria for teaching authorization have also recently been fine-tuned [www.kpjayi.org/teachers].
SHRI K PATTABHI JOIS CHARITABLE TRUST
This registered trust was set up in honor of Guruji’s 90th birthday to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged families and children, undeserved communities and the environment.
As a vehicle for sending news of recent conference topics, student field trips and KPJ Charitable Trust events, the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Charitable Trust is developing its own mailing list. To sign up and to learn how you can contribute your time and other resources to worthy charitable causes in Mysore, please visit http://www.kpjtrust.org
“If you only read books, you only have book knowledge. You have to have practical experience by practicing the yamas and niyamas, and asana in the correct method, with correct breathing and correct gazing, in your daily life. This is how you realize the meaning of yoga—how you realize who you are.” — R. Sharath