K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) is the birthplace of Ashtanga yoga, founded by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (July 26, 1915 - May 18, 2009).
Pattabhi Jois harnessed and developed the Ashtanga style beginning in the 1930s. Eschewing elements of yoga like philosophy and meditation, Jois focused completely on challenging physical movements and breathing. His philosophy was very simple: Complete the movements and the rest will naturally follow. The style has taken the yoga world by storm, and Ashtanga is one of the most easily recognized terms, along with Iyengar and Bikram.
Now the institute is led by Sharath Jois, the grandson of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. Saraswathi Jois, the daughter of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, also plays an important role as a teacher.
During the time when Sharath Guruji is teaching at Mysuru (season time), we offer afternoon classes that are open for all levels of students. We also welcome the family members and partners of those who practice with Sharath Guruji to attend the afternoon classes during the season time. When Sharath Guruji is not teaching at Mysuru, these classes will be held in the mornings.
Please Note: These classes will be taught by qualified and authorised teachers at Sharath Yoga Centre and not by Sharath Guruji. Registrations to apply to study with him are closed.The minimum stay is one month.
You need to fill an application form, and this should be done at least 2 months before your intended stay.