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Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
…, or Guruji, as affectionately known by his students has a very impressive educational background. At the age of 12, in 1927 he began his Yogic studies with Sri T. Krishnamacharya. These studies continued until 1945. From 1930 to 1956 he studied Sanskrit Sahitya Veda and Advaita Vedanta in the Mysore Maharaja Sanskrit College.
Sri K.Pattabhi Jois was a dedicated student and in addition to a daily Yogasana practice studied the original Yoga texts and ancient works in Sanskrit. There in clouded Patanjali Yogadarshana, Hatayoga Pradeepika, Gerandasamhita, Suutasamhlta, Yogayagnavalkya etc. In 1948 he founded the ashtanga Yoga Research Institute with a view to practice and experiment on the curative value of Yoga as described in the ancient texts.
Sri K Pattabhi Jois is most famous for his teaching of ashtanga Yoga, a method of Yoga renewed for its Vinyasa (Movement breathing system). This system originated from the ancient text written in Sanskrit called the “Yoga Korunta”.
Guruji passed away at home in Mysore on May 18th, 2009 at the age of 93. His death came as a tragic loss to the worldwide yoga community. His entire life was an endeavor to imbue his students with commitment, consistency and integrity – and to actualize in his own life the conduct of a householder yogi. It is by virtue of his undying faith and enthusiasm that the practice that he learned from Krishnamacharya has remained alive. And thus, by his devotion to the daily teaching of yoga, his legendary works will remain alive too.
More about Guruji:
From KPYAYI website: http://kpjayi.org/biographies/k-pattabhi-jois
From Eddie stern: http://ayny.org/sri-k-pattabhi-jois