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Krishna Pattabhi Jois, Leading Expert in Yoga, Dies at 93
By VIKAS BAJAJ
Published: May 20, 2009 by NY Times
MUMBAI, India — Krishna Pattabhi Jois, a prominent and influential yoga teacher who drew a global following that included Western celebrities like Madonna and Sting, died on Monday in his home in the southern Indian city of Mysore, his family said. He was 93.
Krishna Pattabhi Jois, a yoga teacher and practitioner, popularized Ashtanga yoga in the West.
Known to his followers simply as guruji, a term of respect for teachers, Mr. Jois (pronounced JOYCE) had an ulcer in his throat that made it difficult for him to swallow food, according to Sharhat Rangaswamy, his grandson and the director of his yoga institute. In the days before he died, Mr. Jois was also struck by a urine infection and pneumonia, Mr. Rangaswamy said in a telephone interview. read more