It’s worth checking out this letter to Eddie Stern from Guruji in 1990

I know we typically avoid passing on things that are filling up the social media feeds, but this one is too good not to archive here.

According to the comment I saw from Sharmila Mahesh, she wrote it on behalf of Pattabhi Jois:

Originally posted on Eddie’s Instagram feed.

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‘Guruji lives here’ video is now live

Here is the video that will be shown tonight at the Yoga Workshop. Chances are you’ll see one of your favorite gurus in it.

Worth breaking our new Moondays off plan. (We called the full, blue moon at about 3:45 a.m. Pacific time.)

We’re about three weeks off from finally getting a lot of time with our guru.

Thanks to those who took the time to put the video together. And find more at the website.

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‘The greatest gift I ever received was the blessing of my Guru’

With tomorrow’s being Guru Purnima, you’d have been right to expect Tim Miller to recall Pattabhi Jois on his blog this week:

It was my good fortune to meet Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, better known as Guruji, in Encinitas 37 years ago.  In addition to teaching Mysore style classes six days a week for three months at the old church in Encinitas, Guruji also generously agreed to teach yoga theory classes at his son Manju’s house three nights a week. At that time Guruji’s command of English was limited, so much of the talk would be in his native Kannada, interspersed with lengthy chants from the scriptures in Sanskrit.  He would go on at great length regarding the given subject, sometimes laughing and occasionally moved to tears, then turn to Manju and ask him to translate.  Manju would then provide us with a very brief synopsis of what his father had said.  I couldn’t help but think that we were losing a lot in translation.

Read it all at the link, if you haven’t already.

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Yoga Journal calls it: Pattabhi Jois among ‘master influencers’

When we posted the interview last week in Yoga Journal with Maty Ezraty, we didn’t mention it was part of the magazine’s 40th anniversary.

And that one’s official. Yoga may be 5,000 years or old 500 or 100, but we know for sure that YJ is 40.

As part of its celebration of its hitting the big 4-0, it has posted a list of 14 pioneers of “Western Yoga,” people without whom our practice today “wouldn’t exist.” And Pattabhi Jois, no surprise, is among them:

Krishna Pattabhi Jois

(1915–2009)

Also a student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Jois visited the United States in 1975 and set off a wildfire of Ashtanga Yoga. After he was featured in 1967’s Yoga Self-Taught, Westerners flocked to his Ashtanga Yoga Institute in India.

Also on the list: Iyengar, Swami Visnhudevananda (guru to Robert Moses at Namarupa) and Thoreau.

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Guruji lives here — celebrating Pattabhi Jois’ 100th birthday

I don’t have too much to tell you about this, other than to point you in a direction and say, “Stay tuned.”

But as you probably know, this month is the 100th birthday of Pattabhi Jois. And the Yoga Workshop is celebrating on July 31 with what it is describing as a “short film” commemorating his teachings as well as a discussion with Richard Freeman. Here’s from a post on its Facebook page:

Join us July 31st at the Yoga Workshop for the premier of a short film commemorating the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Arrive at 6:00, film at 6:30 followed by a short discussion with Richard and any Guruji stories folks would like to share. Everyone is welcome so bring a friend!

Perhaps curioser is that it links to this page: Guruji lives here.

Like I said, stay tuned for what’s to come.

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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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