Ashtanga Lineage


Parampara is knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student. This knowledge is based on direct and practical experience. It is passed down in an uninterrupted manner, a flow, a continuation. This continuation is the heart of tradition.

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois was the founder of Ashtanga yoga. Upon his 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 a student is ready, he may bless them to teach.

Sharath teaches that daily practice is intended to steady the mind. He points to four characteristics that support our daily practice: dedication, determination, discipline, and devotion. These are qualities that Sharath displays day by day, year after year. He models the practice for us, as all good teacher do. Sadhana, our daily practice, becomes the discipline that brings freedom.

Mysore Phoenix does not support or facilitate any form of Ashtanga teacher trainings. It is 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 Sharath’s request.

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