Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a traditional system whose legacy has been upheld by Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his family for almost 75 years. This is the principle known as Parampara. It is the basis for any lineage of a traditional system. The Sanskrit word means the direct succession of knowledge from teacher to student over an extended period of time. The perfection of knowledge – and yoga – is beyond the realm of just the practice.
Sharath Jois, the current director of KPJAYI and the grandson of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji), and his mother Saraswati Jois are the protectors of this system. Sharath Jois spent 24 years learning yoga directly from Guruji (Sri.K.Pathabi Jois) and has practiced all 6 series in the Ashtanga system.
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In the following link you can find the teachers who follow the parampara tradition and have been officially authorized by the Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. (KPJAYI).