The yoga community and the world as a whole lost a wonderful being May 18 2009.
Sri K Pattabhi Jois, a student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, left this world recently but not before leaving an incredible abundance of love, wisdom, compassion, strength, not to mention gifted teachers of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method behind for all of us.
The practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa is a system of yoga that I am very drawn to and it is the method that really spawned my deep love of yoga and asana in particluar.
I offer Guruji (as he was known) much metta and gratitude!
While I never had the pleasure of practicing directly under his guidance, I have however had the priviledge to have been taught by some of his senior students and his teachings shine through them.
For his biography please see..
On a personal note, I am convinced that there is a direct link with lineages and the idea of transmission is so readily evident. When practicing a certain method for long periods of time, using the same meditation, mantra or chant or asana etc.. we can’t help but connect with all those that practice likewise. THat includes all those that came and all those that are yet to come.
On the day of Guruji’s passing, I awoke early with an incredible urge to practice the ashtanga primary series at home..this is not something I would particularly do, as in the scenario where I wake up early, I would typically sit in meditation.
During the course of my practice I felt particularly strong, focused and present (and I didn’t skip the poses that I particularly don’t like :)…there is no doubt in my mind that something was radiating through the Kosmos conncecting so many ashtangis and yogis alike.. and this something was Pattabhi Jois’ love
I offer you my metta Guruji..thank you for your gifts!
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Mantram
vande gurunam caranaravinde
sandarsita svatmasukhava bodhe
samsara halahala mohasantyai
sahasra sirasam svetam
I bow to the two lotus feet of the Gurus
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physicians,
which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samara (conditioned existence)
I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination)
~ translation Micheal Stone