20 May 2009

In Memory: Krishna Pattabhi Jois dies at 93

NEW DELHI (AP) — Krishna Pattabhi Jois, a yoga teacher and practitioner famous for popularizing Ashtanga yoga in the West, left his body on May 18. He was 93. Jois died in the southern Indian city of Mysore.

He was born in Kowshika village in the state of Karnataka in 1915 and began to learn yoga from his teacher T. Krishnamacharya at the age of 12, a biography on his institute's Web site said.

In 1975, Jois made his first trip abroad to teach Ashtanga yoga in America and over the next quarter-century spread the practice across several countries, the Web site added.

He is survived by son Manju Jois, daughter Saraswathi and grandson Sharath, the Star of Mysore newspaper reported.

Shri Krishna Pattabhi Jois


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