Manju Jois is the oldest son of K. Pattabhi Jois, recognised worldwide as the foremost authority on Ashtanga yoga. Manju was born on 16th November 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 is dedicated to his mission of teaching the ancient tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, for a total mind-body-spirit unification with Self and has taught the true Mysore Ashtanga method for over 50 years. Manju and his father brought Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga to the USA in 1975 and Manju has travelled worldwide teaching this tradition ever since.
He offers Ashtanga weekend workshops, teacher trainings and intensive week-long classes. He incorporates pranayama and Vedic chantings in his classes, which blend very well with the 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 Ashtanga yoga to his students in a world full of distractions. Manju’s dedication to his life of teaching and practising yoga has brought the benefits of the ancient tradition of Ashtanga yoga to many students throughout the world, as he guides each to “unite with yourself”.
Manju is devoted to his wife Nancy and their young daughter Sathu, born in 2002, who was named after her paternal grandmother. Sathu is a multi-talented, beautiful girl, who continues to bless the Jois family beyond measure.
Why we love Manju
Having Manju Jois come and share his extensive knowledge and practice with us at Stillpoint 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 father’s work and the continuation of the tradition as he learnt it leaves a deep feeling that you’re truly involved in the evolution of a living practice.