R. Sharath Jois was born on September 29, 1971 in Mysore, South India.
He is the son of Saraswathi Rangaswamy, and the grandson of Ashtanga Yoga Master
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
He started learning yoga postures at the age of 7, but began a dedicated yoga practice after completing his studies at the age of 17.
He would wake up very early every morning to practice under the watchful eye of his Guru and Grandfather, before the other students would come to practice.
In 1991, at the age of 19 he started to assist Pattabhi Jois in the Lakshmipuram shala. He continued to teach along side his grandfather for 16 years.
In 2007, when Guruji moved away from actively teaching for health
reasons, he took over as the primary teacher in the new Gokulum shala.
Now the Director of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, he continues to teach hundreds of international students who want to learn the Mysore method.
He is the most advanced asana
practitioner in the world today. He is the only student of Pattabhi
Jois to have mastered all five series, and was learning the sixth and
final series prior to Guruji's death.
Presently, He resides in Mysore with his wife Shruthi, daughter Shraddha, and son Sambhava.
He continues to practice and teach daily Mysore classes at his home in India, and also travels internationally to spread the teachings of the Ashtanga Yoga System that Guruji gave him.