Guruji is dead

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois died about three hours ago.

For 63 years Guruji has been teaching the ashtanga yoga method as passed on to him by Krishnamacharya.

Krishnamacharya received his instruction from Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari who received the Yoga Korunta texts from Vamana Rishi.

For many of us, a trip to Mysore to practice under Guruji was a dream, a goal and a symbolic as well as practical step–our main connection to his teaching.

As I give thanks to Guruji now, I remember with gratitude all the noble ashtanga teachers through whom his teachings have come to me: Celeste Lau, Hanoi, Christine Tan, Adeline Tien, James Figueira, John & Lucy Scott, David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney & Dorian Davis and of course David Williams.

Happiness on the face, light in the eyes, a healthy body-these are the signs of a yogi, according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the classic Sanskrit text on hatha yoga. Such a description fit Sri K. Pattabhi Jois right till the end of his life.

Pratyahara means that anywhere you look, you see God. Good mind control gives that capacity, so that when you look, everything you see is Atman (the God within). Then for you the world is colored by God. Whatever you see, you identify it with your Atman.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Yoga & Joyful Living

Let us all remember Guruji in our practice.

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