Monday is the anniversary of Guruji’s passing

We’ve got one of those “pick ’em” Moon Days this week. For instance, Eddie Stern has it on Monday; here on the Best West Coast, Tim Miller has it Monday.

We’ll follow Tim, if only because he’s just down the 405/5 from us.

Doing so also means we can fill our morning with a different practice: Monday is the sixth anniversary of the passing of Pattabhi Jois, Guruji. We noted Tim’s remembrance in his blog last Tuesday.

As we did once before, here’s a link to the New York Times’ obituary:

Long before yoga studios sprang up in shopping centers and gyms across America and Europe, Mr. Jois began teaching yoga at the Sanskrit University of Mysore in the late 1930s, according to a biography on his Web site. He eventually opened his own school, the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, which has drawn students from around the world.

The son of a Brahmin priest and astrologer, Mr. Jois was inculcated in ancient Hindu teachings from an early age. He was first exposed to yoga when he was 12. He learned from Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, a guru who also taught another famous Indian yogi,B.K.S. Iyengar.

And the main video that introduced him to a lot of people:

Jai Guruji, and thanks for sharing your teaching with so many.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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