Sharath was born on September 29, 1971 in Mysore, India to Saraswathi Rangaswamy. Growing up in a house full of yoga practitioners, Sharath learned his first asanas at age seven and experimented with postures from the primary and intermediate series until he turned fourteen. Though he spent the next three years focused on his scholastic education, earning a diploma in electronics from JSS in Mysore, Sharath knew that he would one day follow the Ashtanga path.
Sharath embarked on his formal yoga study at the age of nineteen. He would wake every day at 3:30 a.m. and cross the town of Mysore to his grandfather’s Lakshmipuram yoga shala. There, he would first practice and then assist his grandfather, a routine of dedication he has followed for many years.
Today, Sharath’s sincere devotion and discipline to the study and practice of yoga compels him to rise six days a week at 1:00 a.m. to complete his practice. He now teaches at his own Shala, Sharath Yoga Centre at Mysuru.
Sharath, reverently called Paramaguru R Sharath Jois, presently resides in Mysuru with his wife Shruthi, daughter Shraddha and son Sambhav.