New “Jois Yoga” Studios Are Popping Up /// Move Over, Small Ashtanga Shala Filled With Integrity

Watch out, humble little Ashtanga Yoga shalas. There’s a new cookie (cutter) come to town backed with all those little slips of greenish paper!

Coming up….

Is Jois Yoga the best thing to ever happen to Ashtanga Yoga? You might be surprised as to why this may be the case!


  1. Yoga Dude

    Here is a nice article giving some background on Jois Yoga and it’s benefactor.

  2. I wrote a critique of that Vanity Fair article for Elephant Journal called “The Questionable Commoditization of Ashtanga Yoga” (–anurag-lohia/).  Like most yogis here in India, where I am from, I am ambivalent about the commoditization of yoga in the West. But in the end, I have to say that the spread of yoga by any means is a good thing.

  3. JJ Love

    Glad they are calling it Jois instead of Ashtanga- that has always aggravated. Now if Kundalini could be called ….um……Bhajan….na…….anyway- that remains an aggravation.

    • For sure, although Ashtanga Yoga is definitely a yoga of eight limbs. The door just happens to be thru asana.

    • Ryan

      Yeah JJ Love the “ashtanga” name is confusing. What is practiced at Jois Yoga and is commonly known as Ashtanga Yoga is properly called Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Though people rarely make that distinction. Ashtanga yoga = Pantanjali yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is just one school within that system. See Gregor Maehle’s Intermediate Series book for a more thorough explanation.

  4. Ryan

    The Cult of Personality has come to my beloved Ashtanga, a sad day for me.

  5. Omiya

    Sri K. Pattabhi Jois did not call it Jois yoga, so it should not be called Jois yoga. He would not be so egotistical as to put his name on Ashtanga yoga or have his name branded, he taught a yoga tradition passed on to him by Krishnamacharya and by others, and by teaching it, he honors his lineage of teachers. He found a way to make a good living and support his family without entering commercialization hell.


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