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The first students gather around the steps of the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute from 5am, just to get a good spot for
the 6am class. This Friday morning class is led by Sharath Jois, for whom it is already the second class of the day.
It is dark and cold outside, but soon it will get warm and sweaty inside the class. Most of the guys are not wearing any t-shirts. Space is limited for the 70+ students. Two hours of challenging sequences is what follows, no breaks, only a very short savasana at the end.
If you want to be part of this, you must register online 2 months in advance. And it is required by the institute that you stay at least one month – the minimum amount of time to get a glimpse of this traditional yoga.
After the yoga class, we rushed to a photo shooting with the 84 year old BNS Iyengar (not BKS Iyengar). And when we were finished, we returned to Bangalore for a couple of days off until we head towards North India…
Today we’ve visited the birthplace of ashtanga yoga: the Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
We’ve met Sharath Jois, the director of the yoga institute. He follows the yoga tradition of his grandfather, the world famous Pattabhi Jois. Just two significant details about Sharath’s life:
- He gets up every day at 1 am to start his practice.
- He is the only student who completed the whole 6 series of the ashtanga yoga system.
Hard practice with lots of sweating is the way to detox your body. “Just do your practice and all will follow” were the famous words of Pattabhi Jois.
We continue tomorrow morning with a shoot of Ashtanga class at 5:15am. Good night.