Mysore Star

This is how The Mysore Star newspaper published the news in today’s online edition.


Mysore, May 19 (BRS)- Renowned Yoga Guru Pattabhi Jois passed away at his residence here yesterday afternoon. His end came at about 2.30 pm.

He was 94. Pattabhi Jois, who was ailing for the past few days, was active teaching yoga till the end. He is survived by son Manju Jois, daughter Saraswathi and grandson Sharath, apart from a large number of relatives and disciples.


Pattabhi Jois was born in 1915 to K. Krishna Jois-Subbamma couple in a small village of Koushika, Hassan District.

He began learning yoga at the age of 12 and later under the guidance of T. Krishnamacharya between 1927 and 1945. Subsequently, he enrolled in the Sanskrit Mahapatashala, Mysore and learnt Sahitya Veda and Advaita Vedanta from 1930 to 1956.

He studied ancient yogic texts such as Patanjali Yoga Dar-shana, Hatayoga Pradeepika, all Upanishads and others. He set up a school of yoga called Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, training hundreds of students in various nuances of yoga. He gained name and fame by his lucid exposition of the curative and medical benefits of practising yoga.

Jois, reverentially addressed as Guruji, was honoured by the title ‘Yogasana Visharada’ by Sri Shankaracharya of Puri in 1945. He was Professor and Head of the Department of Yoga at Maharaja’s Sanskrit College from 1937 to 1973. He has toured extensively across the world, guiding innumerable yoga workshops in the USA, England and France. A number of Hollywood stars and other VIPs are among his students.

His book titled Yoga Mala in Kannada is considered authoritative on the subject and has been translated into English and published by well-known publishing house of the USA namely Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG).

Very recently, the Union Tourism Minister honoured him for fostering tourism in Mysore by way of attracting foreigners to the city in large numbers to learn yoga.

Last rites

The last rites of Pattabhi Jois were performed last evening at Chirashanthidhama in Gokulam.

Earlier, photo-journalist T.S. Satyan, Bharathanatya exponent Dr. Vasundhara Doreswamy and others paid their last respects.


2 Responses to “Mysore Star”

  1. Putmoo Says:

    Very nice. Thank you for posting the obituary. Although I should feel inspired more, I kind of feel down and am having trouble staying on the mat. Or it could be the cold and rain. Anyway, cheers for doing that.

  2. globie Says:

    Hi Pat,

    I was interested in what India’s reaction to the news would be.

    I know what you mean, I practised tonight but the cold is not a great incentive to keep going.

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