Like most who practice ashtanga yoga, naturally, you're considering whether a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Ashtanga yoga, to Mysore, India, would be right for you.

But where to go is the question. Ashtanga yoga sequence hasn’t changed since the 80’s but everything else did change.

Now Sharath has a new studio aka wellness center, Saraswati stayed the main shala for her students. Manju has his students, and Lino has his, in addition to more and more reports of sexual misconduct of Guruji coming into light...

In 2018, we have witnessed the crash of Ashtanga Yoga. The ashtanga bubble imploded. Some teachers, the old school, underground ashtangis, slipped out of the Sharat's list of teachers and then miraculously, some of them, re-appeared and then disappeared again.

It appears that making money by doing Ashtanga Workshops is not recommended by Sharath. Looking at things you can say the Big Boss is in position of power, he uses his power... but who gave him that power?

Ashtanga yoga was brought to light by my grandfather, Pattabhi Jois. He established ashtanga at his Lakshmipuram shala. Before, people didn’t know ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga yoga is all of the eight limbs. What is its purpose? What are its benefits? Can you go straight to samadhi as soon as you enter the shala? Can you get a certificate for samadhi?! Not possible. The certificate is just for your own satisfaction. It won’t take you anywhere.

- Sharath's Conference Notes - March 15th, 2015

K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) is not anymore the source of modern ashtanga yoga. Thousands of experienced ashtanga yoga students go to the Sharaths' wellness center (waiting for dolphins) and practicing there with a Paramaguru of Ashtanga Yoga.

KPJAYI is no more

Click on KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) link now directs to a new web site of big boss, the Paramaguru. ( As a web designer I know the power of re-direct. It is not really so complicated... The king is dead, long live the king! I like the new logo. 😍

I am not going into reasons why this re-direct happened, what is Sharath's relationship with Sharaswati now, where is the list of certified teachers, who will be there when it appears etc.

Ashtanga pilgrims will now go to the Sharath Yoga Center. It just sounds like any other wellness center isn't it? The new location is a bit different so if you are used to go to Goculam here is the map for the new ashtanga yoga center so you don't get lost.

Unofficial sources tells me big boss the Paramaguru is building a private infrared saunas inside his new center. The infrared sauna "after shavasana" will be the safest and most powerful way to remove your toxic thoughts and chronic jealousy from the body.

The souna will support your daily ashtanga yoga practice and it will work as a natural detoxification process, increasing circulation, promoting rapid healing and increasing flexibility and mobility.

Once a week, on Thursdays, a chanting class will be held in sauna itself. This acoustic place with an increased heat will give you a unique experience of your own being.

Besides offering saunas to ashtanga yoga customers, one of my favorite change is a new outdoor pool with a place for ashtanga barbecue parties. Believe me, nothing beats experience of being a western ashtanga yoga customer in Mysore. The new pool, beach and aquarium will be finished and open for Christmas.

I am all for changes. I like to see positive, healthy lifestyle changes and they are incredibly rewarding. If you are probably feeling anxious to get started with ashtanga yoga I heartily suggest new Sharath yoga center lead by big boss, the Paramaguru.

You have to go through extensive ashtanga training and to go to Mysore at least three times, to get to conclusion that you really didn't needed it. I know, you can't wait to start teaching ashtanga yoga yourself. There aren't necessarily any rules to follow when you can start teaching, but your trip to Mysore is definitely an essentials thing you absolutely must have in your yoga resume.

I recommend this new center to all ashtanga yoga customers. Please have your own mat, primarily for sanitary purposes. In mean time I will practice at home missing the old days.

Bon Voyage.

Please note there are a lot of changes which you might not be aware of

The global "Me Too" Neo-liberal movement for sexual misconduct awareness is felt in Mysore floor at Sharath's center and KPJAYI as well. Women are not allowed to practice wearing shorts any longer. And no sport bras as a top. That is not allowed.

The prices are higher now due to increasing inflation in India and global economic uncertainty.

No more practice without the student cards. Every student must have a towel during the practice and clearly display the student card.

The chanting is a thing to do if you want to practice on the main floor. It requires an extra payment though.

The students who come without a cotton mat won’t be allowed to practice there and will be sent back home. So cotton mat is a must, but be careful that is free of Om, Shiva or any other sacred symbols, aka tridents, or any three lines logos.

At the end of the practice, no more long shavasana in the changing rooms. One minute and than you're out, take your rest at home.

What they do at the gym, there is so much aggression if you see. These people have so much aggression. You see in the Olympics, they do so much and then you see their Ego. "I did this." But Yoga is different. The Asana is different. You are not doing the Asana to please anyone, you’re doing the Asana to calm your mind, to bring flexibility to your body, to bring stability to your body, to bring steadiness to your mind and body. This is the reason why we are doing Asanas. It is not to compete with anyone. So this you have to understand. Many people, oh I can do Kapotasana. After class you see in the coconut stand, many people giving lecture "oh you should do back bending like this". Lecture is easy. Unless you understand, you experience, you do your hard work, it won’t come.

- Sharath's Conference Notes - January 10th, 2015

If you decide to go to Mysore, you may be a little bit off of your expectations. It is always good to ask yourself, are you miserable because of your practice, or is your practice miserable because of you?

The truth is... in Ashtanga yoga you have nothing to learn, nothing to do. Really, there should be no ambition, nowhere to go, no one to be or become. You don't need to distract yourself comparing your practice to others or convincing yourself you're not good enough, the Big Boss will tell you...

"You stop there"!!!

I admire the Big Boss. His message is simple, just do your asana, read Bhagavad Gita, be nice and say you are sorry when you done wrong. Do not eat meat and don’t kill spiders, give couple cents to beggars, hope for transcendental bliss, cosmic consciousness, supreme love... be quiet, make babies, smile, breathe deeply, keep moola bandha, be good, don’t ask questions, don’t use your mind, don’t make a disturbance ...

"No one owns yoga" once Sharat said, but ability to carry on and convey the teaching of ashtanga yoga is still assessed by Sharath and Sharath alone. Chain of command is very important, try to trust his judgement in these matters, and keep going to Mysore.