Pattabhi Jois and Metoo

I studied with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India between 1991 - 2001 and his guidance has remained influential in my teaching even though I have departed somewhat from what I originally learned.

In 1998 I started a project of interviewing KPJ’s senior students and family and over a period of 12 years collected over 40 interviews, a selection of which were later published as the book: Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K Pattabhi Jois through the Eyes of His Students.

This book focused on all the positive aspects of Pattabhi Jois’ teachings and became an influential handbook for those practicing Ashtanga Yoga. But over the years I had many misgivings about Pattabhi Jois and the way he taught and in 2018, in the wake of the Metoo movement, started to write and speak about this publicly. These writings were originally published on the blog “mindmedicine” and a selection of these have been preserved here.

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