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Krishna Pattabhi Jois

The father of Ashtanga Yoga

Krishna Pattabhi Jois was an Indian yoga teacher who founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, in Mysore, India.

A student of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois' ashtanga yoga concept provides a high cardiovascular workout. There is a great deal of similarity between the teachings of BKS Iyengar and but Patabi Jois, every asana is clearly defined and perhaps the key difference is that Patabi Jois moves quickly from one pose to the next to get the inner body warmed up and this is not to be confused with hot yoga which is a dangerous practice.

For those people who think or find that yoga practice is far too passive, the dynamics of Ashtanga Yoga provides a high cardiovascular workout along with the deep relaxation the satiated with a gentler yoga practice. It's not for the faint hearted, but the programs begin gently then build up. You'll find Ashtanga yoga yoga classes and almost in every country.

"Nobody can contribute anything to yoga, but yoga can contribute something to everybody' ~ K. Pattabhi Jois

“There are three types of disease: body disease, mind disease, and nervous system disease. When the mind is diseased, the whole body is diseased. The yoga scriptures say “Manayeva manuṣāṇāṁ karaṇaṁ bandha mokṣayoḥ (this verse may be transliterated incorrectly),” the mind is the cause of both bondage and liberation. If the mind is sick and sad, the whole body gets sick, and all is finished. So first you must give medicine to the mind. Mind medicine: that is yoga.” ~ K. Pattabhi Jois

"Bodies come and go, cast off like old cloth, but the soul is never born, nor does it die."  ~ K. Pattabhi Jois

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2 comments to Krishna Pattabhi Jois

  • Carla French

    Sri K Pattabhi Jois, died aged 93 on 18 May 2009. He was the founder of Ashtanga yoga, the physically demanding, dynamic style of yoga embraced by millions of westerners. If ever proof were needed of the health benefits of yoga, Jois was it. Up every morning to start classes at 5am, he rarely missed a day’s teaching in 70 years, instructing hundreds of students daily at his shala (school) in Mysore, southern India, until the last year of his life.

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