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To my surprise, yoga has entered my 67-year-old life. I am in Mysore, home of the guru of Astanga yoga, Patthabi Jois (PJ). My stepdaughter is here to study with him. My wife and I are trying an end-of-life experiment of settling in a different country for three months each year. India-lovers had told us Mysore would be one of the more suitable cities in India.

In ten years PJ will probably be dead. He is 87 now, but his brand of Astanga yoga is hot and yogis come from all over the world for his last blessings. When we…

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