Saraswathi, Guruji’s daughter, was born in 1941 and began practising Ashtanga yoga regularly with her father when she was ten years old.
Saraswathi was the first woman ever to attend the Sanskrit College in Mysore, where she studied yoga and learned the basics of Sanskrit.
During her early 20s Saraswathi taught yoga classes for women in a temple in Mysore. The fact that a woman was teaching yoga did not go unnoticed in the male dominated world of India. She met resistance and hardship but this never stopped her mission of sharing the healing practice of yoga and building a yoga practice available to all women.
In the mid 1980s she became the first female yoga teacher in India to teach both men and women together.
For many years Saraswathi assisted her father and since 1975 she has been teaching her own classes. She also shares her devotion and knowledge in workshops all over the world.
Saraswathi has two children: Sharmila who runs her own institute in Bangalore; and Sharath who’s the director of the current institute in Mysore (KPJAYI).
Saraswathi steadily continues to share her father’s tradition with a strong devotion of love and care. Her feminine energy brings a beautiful balance to the teachings of yoga, which she shares with thousands of students every year. She teaches both alone and together with her son Sharath in Mysore and around the world.
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Being a woman, mother and householder with important responsibilities, our energy is redirected at times and our yoga practice gives us the courage to embrace change - Saraswathi Rangaswamy