Yesterday was Guru Purnima, the day in Indian tradition where Gurus, teachers, those who bring us from darkness to light, are acknowledged and honored. Today is the birth date of Yoga Hero Sri K Pattabhi Jois, who was born in 1915, which would make him 95 years old. Jois left his earthly body in May of last year, but we’ll never forget his teachings and words on Ashtanga Yoga, and the most memorable and necessary reminder to practice, practice, practice.
“Ashtanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory.”
“practice, practice, practice. … Then all is coming.”
Happy Birthday Guruji! We hope you’re practicing on some birthday cake wherever you are.
- This Too Shall Pass: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Dead at 93
- Mysore, India: Images from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Memorial
- NY Magazine: Why Pattabhi Jois Was the Real ‘American’ Yogi
Guruji’s birthday is July 26. Today is just Guru Purnima, celebration of all gurus.