Sharath was born in 1971 to a family synonymous with Ashtanga Yoga. His mother, Saraswathi, was taught the practice by her father, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). Sharath’s grandfather would also be his guru. Sharath began to learn yoga postures at the age of seven and at nineteen took up a dedicated yoga practice with Guruji. Sharath would wake at 3:30 am to walk across the city of Mysore to his grandfather’s yoga shala for instruction. After his practice, Sharath taught alongside Guruji, a routine that continued until Guruji retired from teaching shortly before passing on in May of 2009. Sharath then took on the mantle of his grandfather’s Institute, renaming it in his honor, the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, and striving to continue Guruji’s legacy as its Director. Today, Sharath’s dedication is daily evidenced as he rises at 1:00 am to complete his practice before beginning instruction of the many yoga students at 4:30 am. He keeps Guruji’s teachings alive at the Institue in Mysore.
For a complete biography of R. Sharath Jois, please see the KPJAYI website.