Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois offers an unprecedented portrait of a great yoga master.
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) was a rare and remarkable soul who became legendary during the course of his life by virtue of great service to others. Known affectionately as Guruji, Jois founded a yoga school in Mysore, India, and ran it for more than sixty years. In Guruji, we follow his journey from a teacher of yoga in a Sanskrit college to a world-recognized authority and inspiration to tens of thousands. We see how he trained students, many of whom have helped spread the daily practice of the traditional ashtanga yoga around the world, and we discover how Jois’s method of vinyasa, which he learned from the great yoga Sri T. Krishnamacharya, has deeply influenced other forms of yoga widely practiced today.
One of Jois’s favorite expressions was “Practice, practice and all is coming,” and in Guruji we come to understand how the intensely physical and elaborate asana-based ashtanga system is, in fact, a deeply spiritual discipline. And although the commonly held idea about yogis is that they live solitary lives, Jois was a committed house-holder whose existence was as centered around family and home as it was on school and teaching. Through Jois, we learn by example about the challenges and rewards of integrating yogic practice into lived lives.