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Mysore Memorial for Pattabhi Jois

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If you couldn’t jet to Mysore or happened to forget your camera, here is Guruji’s Vaikunta Samaradhane (marking the end of the mourning period) in words and pictures…

Mysore Life Blog

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NY Times on “Krishna Pattabhi Jois”

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Krishna Pattabhi Jois, Leading Expert in Yoga, Dies at 93
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.

Associated Press

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

Barry Silver: Guruji Slideshow

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NYC Remembers Guruji

from the SKPJ Charitable Trust

from the SKPJ Charitable Trust

Ashtanga Yoga New York
Prayer services Tuesday, May 19th at 8 am and Friday, May 22 at 6:30 pm.
“Please come if you can, and spend time among friends and fellow practitioners sharing memories of Guruji.”

Yoga Sutra
Held prayers, mediation, and recollections honoring Pattabhi Jois on Monday, May 18th from 7:30 P.M.

Fire Ceremony & Special Sanskrit Mantras / A Talk on the Guru
Tues May 19th, 2009
7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Join Jivamukti Yoga School in honoring the life of the great yogi, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ruth-ji will speak on the Guru, and Manorama-ji will lead the chanting of Sanskrit mantras combined with a sacred fire ceremony.

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Charitable Trust
“The Trust is organized for the promotion of spiritual, physical, mental, educational development and upliftment of adults and children of all ages without any distinction of caste, creed or religion and in the interest of mankind in general…The registered Trust was set up in honor of Guruji’s 90th birthday and was inaugurated at an event in July 2005 where more than 800 students and friends from around the world gathered to pay respect to their guru. It is a charitable organization exempt under Section 12A and 80(G) of the Income Tax Act (1961) in India, with 100% of its contributions going to charitable projects in the local community.”
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Goodbye Guruji

Elephantbeans is sad to share with our readers the latest news from Mysore. Our beloved Guruji, Shri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, passed away today in the presence of Sharath, Saraswathi and the family.

We can already feel the overwhelming stream of gratitude flowing to Mysore, from the ashtanga community all over the world. Our deepest love is with Guruji’s family.


May 18, 2009
Guruji passed away today at 2:30pm (Indian Standard Time). Thank you for all your condolences and prayers. Please kindly refrain from contacting the family directly at this time.

I bow to your lotus feet

I bow to your lotus feet

“NYC Gathers and Gives”

Offering Notes of Love & Gratitude To Guruji

gurujiAn opportunity to offer a short, simple, sweet note of Love & Gratitude To Guruji.

Greetings Students,

A new student recently asked me if I would read a note if she wrote one to Guruji expressing her love and gratitude for his life work. I of course said yes. She did write the note and when I read it to Guruji he was most engaged and moved.
It occurred to me that there are probably many, many students who would like to communicate their love and appreciation for his life work before the inevitable does occur, whether they have met/know him or not.

I visit Guruji every day and most of our time is spent silently with little verbal communication. Simple notes/cards would be a brilliant gift to him as it would give him some stimulation and heartfelt purpose beyond what is basically an existence. Guruji does respond very well to the most basic expressions of love (don’t we all).

I can tell you that the family is taking excellent care. Guruji is home, he is secure and in no physical pain. He is bed-bound but does sit up most of the time when he is awake. He cannot receive visitors that he is not very familiar with as this does cause some anxiety.

Please pass this message on.

Cards may be dropped off at Alia’s.



P.S: Please keep the cards short, simple & sweet, thank you.

“NYC Remembers Guruji”

KPJAYI April Newsletter

Guruji og Sharath

Greetings from Mysore! This quarterly newsletter is designed to keep the greater Ashtanga community informed with news from the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

Our Mysore shala is open and classes are always in session, unless otherwise noted. Saraswathi will be teaching Mysore-style and led classes. The application to study at KPJAYI can be downloaded at www.kpjayi.org/practice.

There are no classes on the following full or new moon dates:

Thursday, April 9 (full)
Friday, April 24 (new)
Sunday, May 10 (full)
Saturday, May 24 (new)
Sunday, June 7 (full)
Monday, June 22 (new)

Please also note that our shala will be closed from Monday, December 14, 2009 until Saturday, January 9, 2010. There will be no teaching during this period. KPJAYI will reopen on Sunday, January 10, 2010. Student registration will begin a few days earlier.

Please check www.kpjayi.org for further details and registration information.

Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11
Registration open:  www.kpjayi.org/islamorada.html


Week 1:  Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 24
Week 2:  Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1
Registration open:  www.kpjayi.org/new-york.html

Week 1:  Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8
Week 2:  Sunday, May 10 – Friday, May 15
Registration open:  www.kpjayi.org/san-francisco.html

Week 1:  Wednesday, May 20 – Monday, May 25
Registration open:  www.sharathtoronto.com

Week 1:  Sunday, August 2 – Friday, August 7
Registration:  www.astanga.dk

Week 1:  Sunday, August 9 – Friday, August 14
Week 2:  Sunday, August 16 – Friday, August 21
Registration open:  www.astanga.fi/sharath

Week 1: Sunday, August 23 – Friday, August 28
Registration:  www.astangayogalondon.com

Week 1: Monday, October 19 – Saturday, October 24
Registration open:  www.yogamoves.com.au

Week 1:  Tuesday, October 27 – Sunday, November 1
Week 2:  Tuesday, November 3 – Sunday, November 8
Registration:  www.yogamoves.com.au

Week 1:  Sunday, December 13 – Friday, December 18
Week 2:  Sunday, December 20 – Friday, December 25
Week 3:  Sunday, December 27 – Friday, January 1, 2010
Registration:  www.yogagoa.com

The KPJ 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. We see this work as a great opportunity to give back to the local community in Mysore and India in general, and thank all of our supporters. 

To learn how you can contribute your time and other resources to worthy charitable causes in Mysore, please visit www.kpjtrust.org or send an email to info@kpjtrust.org.

“Students should have faith in their guru and the yoga practice, then only the jnana (knowledge) will flow to us.” — R. Sharath

First day at AYRI

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Back when it was still AYRI, Nick Rosen, the main character of the film Enlighten Up! experiences his first day of practice.