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Manju Jois, Ashtanga Yoga guru of Mysore, South India, is the oldest son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, recognized worldwide as the foremost authority on Ashtanga Yoga. Manju was born on November 16th, 1944. At the young age of 7, Manju was awakened early each day by his father to begin lessons that would forever change the course of his life and the lives of those who would study with him in the years to come. He began his teaching career at the age of 15 with his father and has taught ever since.
Manju considers it a great honor to be the son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. “He is my father and my teacher. I am grateful for both my mother and my father.” Manju’s mother, Savatri Jois, (Sathu to her family) was a beloved wife, loving mother and an expert in Indian cuisine. Sadly, she passed away in 1997. Manju is devoted to his wife Nancy and their young daughter Sathu, named after her paternal Grandmother, who was born in 2002. Sathu is a multi-talented, beautiful girl, who continues to bless the Jois family beyond measure.
Manju has taught the true Mysore Ashtanga method for over 47 years. Spanning 22 countries and 21 states in the US, Manju’s world Ashtanga teaching tour is ever expanding. Manju is grateful to Gary Herlich and all of the other people who helped Manju to stay in US when he first started teaching in America.
He offers Ashtanga weekend workshops, teacher trainings and intensive week-long classes. He incorporates pranayama and vedic chantings in his classes, which go very well with Ashtanga yoga practice. Manju’s intention is to teach in the way of the Ancient tradition and bring the many benefits of Ashtanga yoga to his students.
He hopes to bring “better concentration and understanding” of Astanga Yoga to his students in a world full of distractions. Manju’s dedication to his life of teaching and practicing yoga has brought the benefits of the ancient tradition of Ashtanga Yoga Manju to many students throughout the world, as he guides each to “Unite with Yourself.”
Why we love Manju
Having Manju Jois come and share his extensive knowledge and practice with us at SYL is an honour. Manju is the oldest living practitioner of ashtanga yoga, yet always comes with a humbleness and a lightness of spirit that is palpable. His dedication to his fathers work and the continuation of the tradition as he learnt it leaves a deep feeling that you are truly involved in the evolution of a living practice.
When is Manju teaching at SYL?
Manju Jois Yoga Therapy 5 Day Training
3rd – 7th September 2018
Monday to Friday, 10am – 14:30pm
Location: The Artworks Classrooms, 60 Weston Street, SE1 3QJ
Price for the intensive: £500
We are honoured to welcome Manju to Stillpoint Yoga London for a unique Yoga Therapy training. Manju is dedicated to his mission of training teachers in the ancient style of yoga, which includes asanas, pranayamas and peace chants for a holistic experience.
This advanced training will focus on the therapeutical and healing aspects of Ashtanga Yoga. Manju is known for his healing hands and his precise adjustments. We will work on the Ashtanga Yoga sequences, and we will explore specific asanas for healing and deepening experiences. We will learn the effects and the correct adjustment of selected asanas and we will explore how to adjust the practice to different needs and preconditions. In this way everybody can benefit and enjoy the benefits of Ashtanga Yoga. The intensive will consist of:
- Each day will begin with Ashtanga yoga Mysore self practice with individual guidance from Manju (assisted by Scott Johnson)
- Yoga Therapy assistance training
- Chanting and Pranayama
- Lectures, discussions, Q&A
The chanting of the peace Mantras and the Pranayamas will be part of this workshop and taught in detail under Manju´s guidance. Chanting is deeply releasing and healing practice and helps to integrate the asana work into the body and mind. Manju will provide a deeper understanding of Yoga in his talks and open discussions at the end of each day.
For the training you will be provided with a manual and at the end with a letter of participation.
To attend the training a regular practice in Ashtanga Yoga is required. Ashtanga Yoga Teachers and longtime practitioners will benefit alike for their own teachings and their personal practice.