Govinda Kai, an American Ashtanga teacher now based in Tokyo, shared some of his phenomenal and intimate photos from his visit to San Francisco for Guruji’s World Tour 2006.
Govinda’s entire Flickr photostream is worthwhile, if you like photos of Ashtanga, Ashtangis or Japan.
He’s really done a great service for Ashtangis by sharing his photos of the World Tour in San Francisco. Photos are increasingly not allowed at the World Tour, which just makes Govinda’s photos that much more special. Plus, because of his closeness to Guruji, he was able to take especially cool photos of Guruji away from the World Tour. Govinda’s San Francisco photosets are:
- San Francisco Workshop with Guruji – photos of the World Tour itself, including many of Pattabhis Jois adjusting students. (Govinda was still adding photos at the time of this post)
- Guruji and Students – Guruji with several experienced Ashtangis and teachers
- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – close-ups of Guruji drinking tea and listening to an iPod
- John Berlinsky & Lea Watkins’ Mysore-style class at YogaStudio Mill Valley
Govinda took the time to label each of his photos with some thoughtful and insightful captions, so when you look at his set, make sure to pay attention to the photo captions. These really added depth, meaning and warmth to Govinda’s sets.
Thank you, Govinda.
I had a really hard time choosing, but some of my favorites from Govinda’s Flickr sets (captions by Govinda) follow:
And, definitely one of the best photos of Guruji I’ve seen…