Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Pattabhi Jois-Rest in Peace
Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, died yesterday in India. I never met the man, but a number of my fellow practitioners at my local shala either went to Mysore, India to study with him, or did so here in the states when he travelled.
Pattabhi Jois was 94 when he died, and up until a couple of months ago, was still active and teaching yoga. We should all live such a long, healthy life.
Having practiced Ashtanga Yoga for six years now (only seriously in the last three), I have to say he can owe his long healthy life to yoga. Yoga, when part of an overall weight loss plan that includes eating well and cardio work-outs, can help you tone up, gain flexibility and lose weight.
You can read more about Pattabhi Jois here: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/05/sri-k-pattabhi-jois-founder-of-ashtanga-yoga-passes-away-at-age-93/.