Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois was an expert yoga teacher who created the popular sect of vinyasa yoga known as Ashtanga yoga. When it came to yoga, he was a bit of a rebel, sneaking out to study and master yoga without anyone knowing. Here are 15 inspiring Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois quotes:
Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory
If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter - if we practice it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental, and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self.
Practice and all is coming.
The soul is never born nor does it die
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can't practice Ashtanga yoga.
Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.
Simply be present with your own shifting energies and with the unpredictability of life as it unfolds.
Yoga is your mind control capacity.
In Order to be effective, truth must penetrate like an arrow-and that is likely to hurt.
Body is not stiff, mind is stiff.
The Ashtanga yoga system should never be confused with “power yoga” or any whimsical creation which goes against the tradition of the many types of yoga shastras (scriptures). It would be a shame to lose the precious jewel of libiration in the mud of ignorant bodybuilding.
Yoga means true self-knowledge.
The whole purpose of Hatha yoga is to purify and control our senses. It is the ultimate science of helping us discover what lies behind the apparent reality of body and mind.