Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009)

“Do your practice and all is coming.”

Guruji passed away today, May 18 2009, in Mysore, India.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois by Govinda Kai

Sri K. Pattabhi Joi by Govinda Kai

The site states:

May 18, 2009
Guruji passed away today at 2:30pm (Indian Standard Time). Thank you for all your condolences and prayers. Please kindly refrain from contacting the family directly at this time.

Here are some thoughts from

Deeply mourning the loss of my sweet Guruji. He passed away in the presence of Sharath, Saraswathi and the family. Such a mixture of thoughts and emotions flow through me as I remember what this great man and spirit meant to me and to the world.

I am reflecting now on how deeply and radically Guruji touched so many of our lives. I know that, for me, his touch was the beginning of a whole series of events that led me to a life that I could have never dreamed of. Guruji will continue to live on in everything that I do. His spirit and his heart will continue to inform the work that I do. Thank you dear, sweet Guruji for being such a light. Govinda Kai


I am constantly inspired by his teachings and fire, and grateful for the lineage and the network of family and friends that he has created. Rest in peace…live on in all of us. Love. Christine Hoar

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29 thoughts on “Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009)

  1. happytoes

    i’ve never met you in person,but thank you so much,Guruji. Ashtanga changed the way I see my own life and other people’s lives.

  2. sylvie

    I never had the chance to meet you but thank you for such a great practice that has changed my life. My sincere condolences to your family. Rest in peace.

  3. surya

    I never had the chance to meet you but thank you for such a great practice that has changed my life. I promise you that I never leave to do Ashtanga. My sincere condolences to your family. Rest in peace. Always in my heart…Guruji

  4. Mindy

    Guruji, thank you for your abundance of wealth in sharing your gift with the world. You are legendary and your presence is forever lasting. Much love to your family and may you rest in peace

  5. maria karastergiou, owner of the Studio Yoga in Athens, Greece

    Good bye Guruji, we’ll make you live forever through your Teaching, which was a gift for us, in the West. Thank you Pattabhi. Big Soul !!!!!

    You along with Iyengar have helped us in the West to change completely the way we think, perceive our physical bodies & connect with our hearts. You helped us to become more connected with our souls, to become more spiritual.

    Never met you in person, but thank you so much, Guruji. Ashtanga is spread all over the world now, & has changed the way we see our oursenves. Thank you for sharing with us such a great practice. You’ll become a legend.

    Your Spirit & your Teaching will continue to inspire our practice, our spirit, our life. Thank you dear Guruji for being such an inspiration to us!!!! We became more enlightened because of you. You shed more light on this planet. You helped us to become better souls…

    Sincere condolences to your family. Always in my heart…Guruji !!!! Peaceful passing in your next life

    Om Shanti

  6. Virginia

    Kind sir, your influence went beyond your direct physical contact – your love and work has been and continues to be transmitted in so many ways. Your work has impacted me profoundly through your written and spoken words and through your loyal and dedicated senior teachers. Thank you.
    May your family be consoled by remembering the joy you brought to the world, the tradition you upheld and the obligation you fulfilled.
    Om shanti, shanti, shantih……

  7. Jeffery khoo

    I have never met you but have study under your student (Paul Dallaghan)my teacher. I was sadden on the news of your passing but you have make a different in the world.You may not exist in the physical world but your spirit and legacy live on through the people whom life you have touch.

  8. Surya

    Is it that now that you are gone you are forever present? Is it that you are now closer than ever? Is each breath of our practice now your eternal breath? I, as thousands of others have been truly blessed and your absence is now your presence. You live in my heart forever, I LOVE YOU GURUJI!!!!!!! You are with God and God is with us. Long live.

  9. Surya

    It is said that the day you arrive to this world, you do crying while everyone around you is smiling… if the day you leave this world you are smiling and everyone around you is crying then, your job is done.
    This is the way it is for Guruji , this is his gift. His life and purpose is fulfill. Truth is, among millions of us, he is immortal.

  10. Melissa Wasserfall

    Sending endless love and gratitude to you on your next journey Guruji.Practicing with you has opened my heart and continues to feed into every aspect of my life.I think of you every day with love and respect.

  11. Lucy Dockwray

    Yoga has saved me in my life, given me a purpose and is making me a strong person inside as well as out. Without a great man like yourself the world would have been a darker place. Wishing you happiness and peace on your next journey.

  12. Aimee Acebedo

    Dear Guruji,
    It is my deepest regret that I will never be able to fully express the ineffable impact your life’s work has had on my existence. Ashtanga Yoga has humbled my existence and connected me with something greater than myself. It facilitated a spiritual awakening that reconciled and healed wounds created by a childhood in the evangelical south. Because of this, I’m profoundly grateful. I thank you for this Self awakening.
    Thank you for your life’s devotion to transmitting this practice.
    With reverence for you, your family, and this practice…. VANDE GURUNAM

  13. laura

    I send deep feelings of gratitude, love and peace to Guruji.
    I met you through so many lives that you profoundly and directly touched while on this life dimension. I feel your presence stronger then ever since your passing and I know you are even closer and more supportive now with your eternal spirit finally freed from bodily limits and able to reach us all instantly. It is with growing love and devotion that I salute you and deeply thank you for showing us your universal, simple and effective method to the Light here on earth.

  14. annie

    guruji, i felt the energy and your presence when i attended your workshop so many years ago. just the smile on your face brings me positive light. thank you so much for everything. you will forever be within everyone you’ve touched whether they attended a workshop with you, read your book or simply just practiced ashtanga. you are now on a new journey and you will forever be in my thoughts.

  15. Michael Gannon

    Many students have asked me why I do NOT teach Shavasana, but only final relaxation.
    The first time I was with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, I asked him is I should go upstairs for Shavasana. Guruji shouted at me, Shavasana No! You take rest now Micahael! Shavasana coming only one time each life. When life finished!

    Have a great Shavasana Guruji…

    – Michael Gannon, May 18, 2009

  16. Giuliano Vecchiè

    This is for us all, who practice this wonderful style created and spread around the world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a day full of sadness and very painful for the missing of our wonderful and Great Yoga Master, who many of us have been so lucky to meet and work with, appreciating his strength, his smile, his kindness and his great helpfulness. To him our biggest respect. May this day be a great occasion to gather us all to consolidate and increase our sense of communion which will become surely bigger and bigger in the name and the remembrance of our beloved Guruji.
    Thank you Guruji and rest in peace!

  17. maria

    Im very sorry and send my heart felt condolance.I was my wish to meet him but it was not possible, but one thing I am sure of, He save my daughter and me
    and helped us to find hope and to follow the right path to live.
    we love you Pattabhi Jois.

  18. Michelle

    I am so glad that I have been touched by his gift of Ashtanga yoga.. it has brought me great peace

  19. Yogasurf

    Many nice coments,

    sad to see so many “Old Students” doing self promotion on Gurujis death

    Thank You Guruji

  20. carlos

    I went to Mysore in appreciation for the ceremonies, and I want to thank you
    There was an inmense presence there and a great vibrant energy as the reqiem slokas sounded
    I didnt get to meet you Guruji, every time I am taught Asthanga yoga I know you are Guruji

    love and peace

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  22. Andre Lima

    I pray for dear guruji, wishing that he could always assist the true yoga practitioners and hope that Yoga does not become a business, but come to the origen of guru’s disciple love and affection leading to a self realization…

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