Monday, May 18, 2009


Pattabhi Jois has passed away.

But his teaching will live on, through us.

I will always be grateful to him for sharing this practice....

and for his equanimity, love of teaching and tireless service.

I remember how strange it felt to bow to his feet for the first time, after my first practice with him at his NYC intensive in 2000. The mind and body didn't know what they were doing.

But the heart certainly did.

Pattabhi Jois clearly lived his yoga, and loved to teach. He was the real thing. He was meant to share this yoga, and he did it with all of his heart.

Even at the end - like when I saw him last summer in Mysore - he lit up in the love he received from his students, and shined it back at us a hundred-fold.

As Swami Sivananda said, "It is probably not the verbal instruction from the guru that is the most important gift from him - rather it is his own life and shining example."

Om shanti Om.


Photos from the old shala (c) 2002.


  1. i woke up this morning thinking of him for some reason..then i saw your post.
    you are very fortunate to have so many good memories.

  2. Thank you for publishing these pictures.

    All the best for you. Ursula

  3. I'm so sorry to hear that Pattabhi Jois passed away. I know how much his teachings meant to you.