While this is only a small sampling of the masses of students who attend these yoga workshops across the U.S. and around the globe, we hope that this short video—created by Sharmila Desai with Derick Yu and Lisa Wolf—shows a glimpse of the devotion, respect, and gratitude that Sri R. Sharath Jois has cultivated among practitioners in the Ashtanga yoga community, and the profound effect his own dedication has had in people’s lives.

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>>Don’t miss your chance to practice yoga with Sharath Jois while he is still stateside. Sign up for his workshops and classes in NYC, which take place May 26 to 31. Register now!

Photography by Jesse Gordon