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Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – Guruji (1915 – 2009)

Ashtanga Yoga Dublin - guruji sri k pattabhi joisOur Guru, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, was born on the full-moon day in July 1915, the son of a Brahmin priest and Astrologer. From a young age he learnt Sanskrit, the Vedas and Hindu rituals before attending middle school in Hassan, near his home village of Kowshika. Here, at the age of 12, he encountered the great Yogi, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, with whom he was to study for the next 26 years.

Two years after meeting Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois left home and went to Mysore to study at the Maharaja’s Sanskrit College. Here he was reunited with his Guru, who, under the patronage of the Maharaja, had a Yoga Shala in the Palace grounds. In 1937, at the request of the Maharaja and with the blessing of his Guru, Jois began to teach as Head of the new Department of Yoga at Maharaja Sanskrit College, Mysore, a position he remained in until 1973. In 1948, in his own home in Laxmipuram, he established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, to research the curative effects of Yoga as taught to him by Krishnamacharya and described in the ancient texts. Initially he had only a few students, but over the decades Guruji’s Ashtanga Yoga research Institute became a Mecca for countless thousands of Yoga Students from all over the world.

Through his dedication and energy Guruji has given the practice of Ashtanga Yoga in its pure form to the world. From those early days of a few students in Laxmipuram, there are now millions of students worldwide benefitting from this wonderful practice. This is the fruit of Guruji’s labour and a testament to him as a Satguru, a true ‘leader from darkness into light’.

A much quoted saying of Guruji’s, ‘Practice and all is coming’ gives the simplest and purest summation of the benefits that come from the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. We have found it to be true again and again in our own lives. Do the practice and life begins to unfold more easily, things work out, problems are overcome without stress. We become healthier, happier and more compassionate. This is Guruji’s legacy, a practice that can positively change lives. We offer our work here in the school to him with love and gratitude, striving to the best of our ability to preserve his great teaching.

Guruji passed away on the 18th of May 2009. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-Anam.

Manju Pattabhi Jois

Ashtanga Yoga Dublin - Manju Pattabhi Jois
Manju is the first teacher to have been trained by Guruji to teach Ashtanga Yoga. At the age of 7, Manju was awakened early each day by his father to begin lessons that would forever change the course of his life and the lives of those who would study with him in the years to come. He began teaching at the age of 15 with his father and has taught continuously for over 50 years. Manju’s intention is to teach in the way of the ancient tradition and bring the many benefits of Ashtanga yoga to his students.

In 1974 Manju made his home in Encinitas, California and he now divides his time teaching at home and travelling widely to bring the authentic teaching of Ashtanga Yoga to his students all over the globe. Manju has taught the true Mysore Ashtanga method for over 47 years. Spanning 22 countries and 21 states in the US, Manju’s world Ashtanga teaching tour is ever expanding. Manju is grateful to Gary Herlich and all of the other people who helped him to stay in US when he first started teaching in America.

He offers Ashtanga weekend workshops, teacher trainings and intensive week-long classes. He incorporates pranayama and vedic chantings in his classes, which go very well with Ashtanga yoga practice.

He hopes to bring “better concentration and understanding” of Ashtanga Yoga to his students in a world full of distractions. Manju’s dedication to his life of teaching and practicing yoga has brought the benefits of the ancient tradition of Ashtanga Yoga to many students throughout the world, as he guides each to “Unite with Yourself.”

We are blessed that since 2008 Manju has been coming annually to teach at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. It is our great privilege and pleasure to have him come to share his great depth of knowledge of the practice with us, which he does with immense love, gentleness and humour.

Dr M.A. Jayashree

Ashtanga Yoga Dublin -  Dr. M. A. Jayashree Dr M.A. Jayashree, Professor of Sanskrit, Mysore, Karnataka has been teaching all aspects of Sanskrit for the last 30 years. She holds a doctorate in Sanskrit from Bangalore University on the topic, “Concept of Mind in Indian Philosophy”. She has authored many books in the fields of Sanskrit, Ancient Sciences, Indian history, Indian Culture and Music. She has presented papers on Sanskrit, Indian knowledge systems and culture in many national and international fora. She has also conducted a number of workshops in India and abroad. Her workshops are generally in the fields of Sanskrit language and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

She is a multifaceted personality, a musician with a melodious voice, an accomplished artist of the Mysore school of Painting and delivers discourses on scriptural texts and Philosophy. She is a great teacher of spoken Sanskrit. She has given performances in classical music in the Karanatic style all over South India. She is also the editor of ‘Itihasa Rashmi’, a journal on Indian History in Kannada.

As a proponent of Srutiparampara, the Oral tradition of teaching which dates back to Vedic times, she has produced many CDs in the field of Sanskrit learning along with the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and Bhagavad Gita. The CDs are designed as teaching aids to help people learn the chanting and memorization of the important Sanskrit texts of ancient Indian culture. She has a large following of overseas students engaged in studies of ancient lore of India mainly Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita and the Sanskrit language.

Prof. Narasimhan

Ashtanga Yoga Dublin - Prof. NarasimhanM. A. Narasimhan, Director of the Anantha Research Foundation in Mysore, is a science graduate holding a Masters in Education with specialization in advanced psychology and research methodology, and also in Sanskrit. He has specialized in the Indian philosophical systems and the various practices of yoga, and is a disciple of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He is a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, having taught the TM technique to more than 20,000 people and trained more than 1,000 teachers of Transcendental Meditation.

He has held many responsible posts in the then Mahrishi Institute of Creative Intelligence. As the director for the TM operation in the entire south India, he had more than 600 teachers helping him to spread the message of TM. He was instrumental in opening small-scale industries and many schools in different parts of India. He has been a Siddha practitioner, reaping the benefits of advanced techniques.

He is a research scholar specializing in the fields of Indian culture and the Sciences of ancient India with a considerable number of books, monographs, and papers in the fields of Indian history, Science, Sanskrit and philosophy to his credit.

Peter Sanson

Ashtanga Yoga Dublin - Peter SansonPeter Sanson is dedicated to the practice and dissemination of Ashtanga Yoga. Since meeting his Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1989, he has travelled to Mysore, India every year to continue his studies. Over a 21 year period of study, Peter lived in India three to twelve months of every year; immersing himself in the rich tradition of this ancient practice, guided by Guruji’s masterful hand. Peter holds an Advanced B teaching certificate issued by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. He is one of only a few teachers worldwide at this senior level of certification. He instructs each student individually with a lightness and sensitivity developed over more than 20 years teaching experience. Peter lives in New Zealand with his family.

Paul Dallaghan

Yoga Ashtanga Dublin - Paul DallaghanPaul is certified by Guruji, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, to teach the traditional method of Ashtanga Yoga. He is also a long time, dedicated student of Sri O.P.Tiwari, one of the few remaining classical yogis and masters of pranayama, and is certified by him to teach Pranayama. He has practiced pranayama for many years under Tiwariji’s direct guidance which has led to a deep insight and understanding of the practice. He uses this as a base for intelligence in asana to be applied appropriately for the student. Paul continues with his regular routine of asana, pranayama and meditation on a daily basis and through love of the subject matter keeps up a keen study of the classical texts and scientific interpretations of what goes on in yoga.

Paul grew up in Dublin. After completing his degree at Trinity College he was bound for New York where his life in yoga began. Paul runs Yoga Thailand in Koh Samui, and currrently divides his time between there and his home in Atlanta where he is following a PhD program at Emory University in Atlanta, USA, in the field of Biological Anthropology, bringing the yogic practices and philosophy to the scientific field.