Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yoga from Mysore - Oh the Irony!

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Krishna Pattabhi Jois, yoga guru to the stars, at the age of 93. Much sought after by celebrities as diverse as Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow, Jois was considered the founder of Ashtanga yoga, an athletic and sweat-inducing form of the art.

That Mr. Jois became a yoga instructor at all is credited to happenstance. However Skwoosh, always alert to nuance, has to believe that karma had a lot to do with it. Jois, having connected with the city’s ruler, taught yoga at the Sanskrit University in Mysore. Jois settled in Mysore and that is where he died last week. Jois made Mysore the epicenter of Ashtung yoga.

Skwoosh appreciates the irony – we do have a sense of humor - as well as Jois’s accomplishment. After all, we are dedicated sports supporters who serve outdoor enthusiasts with our camping cushions and hunting seats as well as gym rats with our exercise cushion. Although our exercise seats may not be appropriate for yoga practitioners, who don’t spend that much time on their bums, they are perfect for those exercisers who walk by the yoga studio en route to their exercise bikes. Our gel seats for exercise bikes, like all Skwoosh performance cushions, are portable comfort. With all due respect to Jois - Mysore no more!

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