"Parampara is knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student. It is a Sanskrit word that denotes the principle of transmitting knowledge in its most valuable form; knowledge based on direct and practical experience. It is the basis of any lineage: the teacher and student form the links in the chain of instruction that has been passed down for thousands of years. In order for yoga instruction to be effective, true and complete, it should come from within parampara".
This is the way that spiritual traditions have been passed on in India for ages: from teacher to student directly, with time and dedication. Learning by parampara involves much more than gaining knowledge on an intellectual level. ”The perfection of knowledge – and of yoga — lies beyond simply mastering the practice; knowledge grows from the mutual love and respect between student and teacher, a relationship that can only be cultivated over time”.
The practice should always be learned from a qualified teacher. The teacher's dharma, or duty, is to teach yoga with good heart and good intentions exactly as he/she has learned from his/her guru. The student's dharma is to practice diligently and to strive to understand the teachings. Following parampara means surrendering, which is like ”entering a river of teachings that has been flowing for thousands of years, a river that age-old masters have followed into an ocean of knowledge”.
Pattabhi Jois learned the Ashtanga yoga system from his guru Sri Tirumali Krishnamacarya, who had learned the system from his guru Ramamohan Brahmachari. Ramamohan Brahmachari also imparted to Krishnamacarya Yoga Korunta, an ancient text written by Vamana Rishi that included practical instructions for the practice.
Pattabhi Jois' daughter R.Saraswathi Jois and grandson R. Sharath Jois are passing on the tradition and teaching the traditional Ashtanga yoga method at K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore. At Ashtanga Yoga Goa, we offer the knowledge of the guru parampara by practicing and teaching Ashtanga yoga as taught by R. Sharath Jois.