To go to Mysore and study at the K Pattabhi Jois Astanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) with Sharath is a great joy: spending time there is essential for students with the desire to learn more than the Primary series.
Please note there is no exterior teacher training programme approved by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath. Anyone interested in teaching this system of yoga should commit to long term study over a number of years with Sharath in Mysore. Please see www.kpjayi.org for details.
About Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Sri K.Pattabhi Jois – Guruji – was the principle proponent and master of Astanga yoga. Born in 1915, he began studying with Sri Krishnamacharya in 1927 until 1945. Between 1930 and 1956 he studied Sanskrit and Advaita vedanta at Mysore Maharaja Sanskrit College. He became professor and departmental head of yoga at Maharaja Sanskrit College in 1937.
Honoured with the title ‘Yogasana Visharada’ in 1945, he set up the Astanga Yoga Research Institute (now the KPJAYI) in 1948 and became honorary professor of yoga at the Government College of Indian Medicine between 1976 and 1978. Guruji continued teaching in Mysore and travelling to teach workshops around the world right up to his death in 2009 aged 93.
About R. Sharath Jois
R. Sharath Jois is the world’s most advanced practitioner of Astanga yoga and the preeminent authority of its traditional practice. He was born in Mysore, India and began practising at age 7 under the guidance of his grandfather, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Sharath wholly devoted himself to the study of Astanga yoga, waking every day at 3.30am to make the cross-town trip to his grandfather’s Astanga Yoga Research Institute. He continued to practise under and assist his grandfather for 20 years. Sharath is the only student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ to have mastered the complete six series of Astanga yoga.
Sharath frequently accompanied his grandfather on world tours, demonstrating advanced postures in addition to assisting. Today, when not touring the world teaching, Sharath is home in Mysore, rising six days a week at 1.00am to practise before teaching the hundreds of students from all over the globe that come to study with him each year.
With the passing of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2009, Sharath became the current lineage holder of Astanga yoga. In honour of his grandfather, Sharath renamed the Institute he directs as the K. Pattabhi Jois Astanga Yoga Institute.
Sharath resides in Mysore with his wife Shruthi, daughter Shraddha, and son Sambhav.