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Studying with Sharath Jois in Mysore

To go to Mysore and study with Sharath is a great joy: spending time there is essential for students with the desire to learn more than the Primary series.

Please note there is no recognized teacher training program approved by Sharath. Anyone interested in teaching this system of yoga should commit to long term study over a number of years with Sharath in Mysore. 

All the classes at Ashtanga Yoga Switzerland follow in the tradition of how Sharath teaches in Mysore and all our teachers are authorised by him.

To know more about our teacher go here.

About Sharath Jois

R. Sharath Jois is the current lineage holder of Ashtanga yoga.

R. Sharath Jois is the world’s most advanced practitioner of Ashtanga yoga and the preeminent authority of its traditional practice. He was born in Mysore, India and began practicing at age 7 under the guidance of his grandfather, K. Pattabhi Jois. Sharath wholly devoted himself to the study of Ashtanga yoga, waking every day at 3.30am to make the cross-town trip to his grandfather’s Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. He continued to practice under and assist his grandfather for 20 years. Sharath is the only student of Ashtanga yoga to have mastered the complete six series.

Today, when not touring the world teaching, Sharath is home in Mysore, rising six days a week at 1.00am to practice before teaching the hundreds of students from all over the globe that come to study with him each year.

Sharath resides in Mysore with his wife Shruthi, daughter Shraddha, and son Sambhav.


About K. Pattabhi Jois

K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath’s grandfather, was the principle proponent and master of Ashtanga yoga.

Born in 1915, he began studying with Krishnamacharya in 1927 until 1945. Between 1930 and 1956 he studied Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta at Mysore Maharaja Sanskrit College. He became professor and departmental head of yoga at Maharaja Sanskrit College in 1937.

He set up the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (now the Sharath Yoga Centre) in 1948 and became honorary professor of yoga at the Government College of Indian Medicine between 1976 and 1978.

After he died it came to light that, sadly, he had acted in an inappropriate way while teaching some of his students.