Ashtanga Lineage


Parampara is a Sanskrit word for a system where knowledge is passed down through successive generations. It is passed down in an uninterrupted manner, a flow, a continuation. This continuation is what gives birth to tradition. Parampara is the fundamental manner in which knowledge is transmitted from teacher to student.

The student’s duty is to practice diligently and to dedicate his or her self to learning the teachings. The teacher’s role is to teach the tradition exactly as she learned from her teacher.

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) was the founder of Ashtanga yoga. Upon Guruji’s passing in 2009, his grandson, Sharath, took up direction of the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Teachers of the Ashtanga lineage go to India to study with Sharath for many years. When he feels the student is ready, he blesses them to teach.

Mysore Phoenix does not support or facilitate any form of Ashtanga teacher trainings. It is Guruji’s and Sharath’s instruction that practitioners must study at Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore before teaching this practice. The KPJAYI shala is the only authority to authorize or certify individuals to teach the Ashtanga Yoga method. Mysore Phoenix honors Guruji’s and Sharath’s request.

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