Saturday, May 21, 2011


This week marked two years since Pattabhi Jois passed away, and it got me to thinking about the idea of parampara, or the idea of transference of knowledge from guru to student.  Pattabhi Jois was known affectionately as Guruji to thousands of yoga practitioners around the world, and even after leaving this existence, his legacy of Ashtanga Vinyasa continues to touch people around the globe on a daily basis. Many modern yoga instructors take his teachings and put their own personal stamp on them, embellishing and modifying until the core of the method is a minor afterthought, but the global community of dedicated practitioners somehow continues to flourish. Homage is paid to Guruji every day that his students step onto their mats and practice this method in the correct way, with devotion and surrender, and the hopes of connecting to something greater than themselves.  The last few years of my life have been marked by this man, and although I didn't have to opportunity to be his student firsthand, I am filled with gratitude to be able to receive this knowledge from those he taught personally.

"If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter - if we practice it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self." 
K. Pattabhi Jois

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