Friday, July 15, 2011

Guru Purnima

Today is a special occasion, the full moon of this month marks the birthday of Pattabhi Jois, and is also an important day known as Guru Purnima for honoring gurus in hindu culture.  Guruji passed away over two years ago, but his legacy still shines brightly and continues to touch the lives of Ashtanga practitioners around the world.  I took a moment today in the shala at Samudra to pay my tributes, and around the world today many other people will have done the same.  When you hear of all the crazy, destructive things that people get up to in the world, it is nice to be a part of a movement that is encouraging love and peace and community instead.

"Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion."

- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

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