I have written before about the misunderstanding that Ashtanga is just a physical practice and my belief that Pattabhi Jois's broken english probably kept him from delving too deeply into philosophy with his students. I read an article today from this blog that featured an interview with Manju jois. One of the comments he made was, "Guruji wanted to teach philosophy classes but nobody came".
The argument of how to present the philosophy of yoga to students in a way that is interesting and that they will understand is a common one in the Vinyasa yoga world. It had to be even harder for Pattabhi Jois because his english wasn't that great. It is just interesting to see that this is not a new problem but a very old one that even the great Gurus struggled with. It is also interesting that this was also an issue with Ashtanga yoga as well.
Many Ashtangis argue that there is no need to talk about philosophy and that you just do the practice and all the 8 limbs are represented there. However, Pattabhi Jois wrote the Yoga Mala so, even without Manju's statement, he obviously felt that more needed to be said on the philosophy of yoga.
What do you think?