Calling all Ashtanga fans and all around yogi practitioners. If you’ve not yet heard, 93-year-old Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, grandfather of Ashtanga yoga, has become ill and is currently bed-bound in his home in Mysore, India. If you’ve ever felt compelled to express your gratitude or appreciation to Guruji, now’s your chance. Kind soul and Jois family friend “Joseph” has proffered the opportunity for students to communicate their support and sentiments via cards and letters, which can be dropped off at Alia’s Om Cafe, a 5 minute walk from Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore.
(photo cred: Joan Schaffer)
Of course, we in the Western world have quite a hike to Alia’s, but we imagine if you mail a card to the Cafe they will pass it on to the Jois family.
Alia’s Guest house & Om Café
#408 Contour Road, Gokulam 3rd stage
Mysore – 570002, KA India
Tel: +91 821 4244027
Cell: +91 9741879011
Read Joseph’s note below, originally posted on elephantbeans:
A new student recently asked me if I would read a note if she wrote one to Guruji expressing her love and gratitude for his life work. I of course said yes. She did write the note and when I read it to Guruji he was most engaged and moved.
It occurred to me that there are probably many, many students who would like to communicate their love and appreciation for his life work before the inevitable does occur, whether they have met/know him or not.
I visit Guruji every day and most of our time is spent silently with little verbal communication. Simple notes/cards would be a brilliant gift to him as it would give him some stimulation and heartfelt purpose beyond what is basically an existence. Guruji does respond very well to the most basic expressions of love (don’t we all).
I can tell you that the family is taking excellent care. Guruji is home, he is secure and in no physical pain. He is bed-bound but does sit up most of the time when he is awake. He cannot receive visitors that he is not very familiar with as this does cause some anxiety.
Please pass this message on.
Cards may be dropped off at Alia’s.
P.S: Please keep the cards short, simple & sweet, thank you.
Via The Drishti Blog