Featuring: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Rangaswamy, Dominic Corigliano, Dr. M.A. Jayashree, Tracy West, Hamish Hendry & Anne Wise, Saskia Maria Vidler, Rolf Naujokat, Manju & Nancy Jois, Saraswathi Rangaswamy, David & Simi Roche
Produced by: Robert Wilkins
Region: All regions
Number of Discs: 1
DVD Release Date: 2006
Run Time: 28 minutes plus extras
Discover what it means to be and have a guru.
GURU offers never before seen insights into the life of celebrated 90-year-old Ashtanga yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Jois, whose students include Madonna, and who is featured in the next issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine, is certainly a hip guru. But having devoted himself selflessly to yoga throughout his life, is he happy with the accolades of the past few years? What does he actually think of his "foreign" students with their yoga dreams? What do his Western devotees get out of traveling all the way to India to see him? Some would go as far as to say he is an enlightened being . . . .
This film's narrative is structured around preparations and celebration of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois's 90th birthday in India last year, attended by a cavalcade of international guests. Jois provides philosophical insights along the way. We meet his students: Hamish Hendry who runs a yoga school in London; Rolf Naujokat who has been coming to Jois since the 70's; and Saskia Maria Vidler who for the past 3 years has been living in Mysore. Pattabhi Jois's family themselves reveal how hard it was to grow up with such a focused father.
For the uninitiated, this film also offers a unique opportunity to experience traditional Mysore-style Ashtanga practice, as taught in Mysore by Jois himself and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy.
GURU is an insightful, humorous and touching look into the guru/student relationship.
DVD Extra Features
- Exclusive (not seen in documentary) interview footage with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
- Dr. M.A. Jayashree explains the guru system
- Sit at Mysore's coconut stand