Guruji

A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students

Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern

North Point Press

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An unprecedented portrait of a great yoga teacher and how teachings and traditions are transmitted and passed on

It is a rare and remarkable soul who becomes legendary during the course of his life by virtue of great service to others. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was such a soul, and through his teaching of yoga, he transformed the lives of countless people. The school in Mysore that he founded and ran for more than sixty years trained students who, through the knowledge they received and their devotion, have helped to spread the daily practice of traditional Ashtanga yoga to tens of thousands around the world.

Guruji
paints a unique portrait of a unique man, revealed through the accounts of his students. Among the thirty men and women interviewed here are Indian students from Jois’s early teaching days, intrepid Americans and Europeans who traveled to Mysore to learn yoga in the 1970s, and important family
members who studied as well as lived with Jois and continue to practice and teach abroad or run the Ashtanga Yoga Institute today. Many of the contributors (as well as the authors) are influential teachers who convey their experience of Jois every day to students in many different parts of the globe.

Anyone interested in the living tradition of yoga will find Guruji richly rewarding.

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Manju Jois
Manju Jois is Guruji’s eldest child. He started practicing yoga with his father at the age of seven and began assisting him when he was thirteen. His demonstration in 1972 at the Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry was witnessed by David Williams and Norman Allen and fueled their desire to meet and study with Guruji, which led to the international spreading of ashtanga yoga. Manju travels and teaches all over the world and eventually settled in Southern California.
How old were you when you started to practice?
Oh, let’s see, I was seven years old.

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Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern

Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern became students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1991. Donahaye is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Shala NYC. Stern is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga New York and Sri Ganesh Temple, and is the copublisher and editor of Namarupa.

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Guruji
A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students
Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
September 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374532833
ISBN10: 0374532834
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages, 8 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations
$25.00

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
July 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780865477490
ISBN10: 0865477493
6 x 9 inches, 464 pages, 8 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations
$40.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
July 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429980425
ISBN10: 1429980427
464 pages
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