Saraswathi was born in 1941 and practiced steadily under the guidance
of her father Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from the age of 10-22. She was the
first girl ever to be permitted admission to the Sanskrit College in
Mysore where she studied the basic Sanskrit works and learnt yoga from
her father. For many years she assisted her father, but since 1975 she
has been teaching her own classes. In 1986 she created a little Yoga
revolution here in Mysore by being the first woman ever to teach men
and women together. Saraswathi welcomes all yoga students who come to
Mysore. She is the steady link in the Jois family that looks after her
father as well as her son, keeps them in line and makes sure they behave
For Saraswathi, Yoga has always been the major influence of her life.
Playfully she begun exploring various Yoga postures from an early age,
but took up a consistent practice from the age of ten. At the age of
twenty-two her mother fell really sick and got admitted to hospital.
Saraswati naturally took on all household responsibilities and cared
for her mother as well as her younger brothers. Her asana practice suffered
a little, but she grew strong in other areas of Yoga.
At the age of twenty-six she got married and then moved to Jamshedpur,
close to Calcutta to be with her husband. Her husband was busy working
and traveling around India, but she looked after his family as well
and gave birth to hear daughter Shammi in 1969 and Sharath in 1971.
Sharath was a real weakling in his early years, he did not like going
to school and would be home for months or lying sick in his bed. next