Saturday, August 21, 2010

JOIS Yoga Shala Opens in Encinitas

I happily made it to Encinitas for opening day of the latest in a series of JOIS Yoga Shalas opening in the US (the first opened in Islamorada, Florida, several years ago, & there's also a studio in Sydney, Australia). Dedicated to the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the Encinitas studio was graced by the presence of Jois's grandson Sharath Rangaswamy for the first week of practice. As many of us fly more than halfway around the globe to India for a chance to to practice with Rangaswamy, traveling a half a state was no sweat. Practicing in the crowded studio—dedicated students and teachers from all over the continent filled the studio wall-to-wall— was sweaty, as it should be. "Guruji's dream was to bring this yoga to everyone," said Rangaswamy, after class to a roomful of beaming students. Encinitas was one of the first places Guruji came to teach in the States in the 1970s, and there's already a rich heritage of great teachers carrying on the tradition in North County San Diego (aka Tim Miller). its fitting there's now a namesake studio on the town's very accessible main strip.