To go to Mysore and study at the 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 recognised teacher training programme approved by 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.
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.
About R. Sharath Jois
R. Sharath Jois became the current lineage holder of Astanga yoga.
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, 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 Astanga yoga to have mastered the complete six series.
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.
Sharath resides in Mysore with his wife Shruthi, daughter Shraddha, and son Sambhav.