Parampara is a sanskrit word denoting a succession of teachers and students over many generations. The concept of parampara is very important in many Indian religions and also in the field of Yoga. In this system, knowledge is passed down undiluted through successive generations.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was our guru in Mysore, India until his passing in 2009 at the age of 93. He embodied the spirit and tradition of yoga and always paid homage to his guru, the great Sri T. Krishnamacharya with whom he had studied for over 25 years. Krishnamacharya, in turn, had learned this system from his teacher Ramamohan Bramachari, in the Himalayas.
Guruji (as Pattabhi Jois came to be known) began teaching in Mysore in 1937 and taught the Ashtanga Yoga system, uninterrupted, with energy, vitality and an unyielding determination. In 2007 he became gravely ill, bouncing back again to teach a little more, but by the end of 2008 he had gradually stopped teaching altogether. After more than 70 years of continuous teaching, he passed away on the 18th of May 2009, leaving the school he had founded in the capable hands of his grandson R. Sharath Jois.
Sharath has lived with his grandfather for his entire life and, as such, is perfectly placed to continue the task of maintaining the Ashtanga Yoga tradition in the modern world. He has taught with Guruji for the last 20 years and, at age 40, he has become the current holder of the lineage stretching back to Ramamohan Bramachari (and possibly further). We are proud to call him our teacher and consider ourselves blessed to have encountered both Guruji and Sharath in our lifetime.
It is with love and respect that we offer our salutations.
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him.
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