Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the beloved ‘Guruji’ of Ashtanga Yoga, died yesterday morning, May 18th, at the age of 93 in Mysore, India. He would have been 94 this July. Along with B.K.S. Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois can be credited with carrying along the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya, who is largely regarded as the founder of modern yoga practice. Guruji was one of the most prominent figures in yoga, having taught thousands of students over decades as the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. He was also a major force in bringing yoga to the West. To his many devoted students, he will be greatly missed.
“If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter – if we practice it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self.” -Sri K. Pattabhi Jois