Shri K. Pattabhi Jois left this plane in May 2009. His Ashtanga Yoga teachings have impacted my life in a strong and ongoing way.
I made it to Mysore in February 2007. He helped me with dropbacks and backbends a couple of times. He was 91 at the time. I was amazed at his dedication, focus and strength.
The led classes were remarkable experiences as well. The opening and closing prayers were powerful. What a voice, somehow resonating his decades of teaching and experience.
Moreover, to the wonderful yoga teachers I’ve been lucky to practice with, from any paths.
There are many interesting photos of him. I particularly like this one by Mike Hill on the cover of Namarupa. I like how it speaks to their mutual roots with Krishnamacharya, and to the warmth that can be cultivated between branches of yoga, or branches of anything.