Intelligence & Fluidity
A beautifully complete system
The method of Vinyasa Krama Yoga has been described by
T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) currently considered the father of modern yoga. Many of today's best-known yoga teachers including BKS Iyengar, TKV Desikachar, and Pattabhi Jois have studied with him and shaped their own styles of yoga after his practice and teaching.
Srivatsa Ramaswami studied for 33 years (1955-1988) with Krishnamacharya, and during this time he learned all the sequences which then collected in the complete works of Vinyasa Krama. Ramaswami has come to know the entirety of the complete Vinyasa Krama in the hands of his guru.
Vinyasa (vi - variation / nyasa - within prescribed parameters)
It is a spiritual practice that purifies the heart, body and mind, illuminating his own divine nature. Based on dynamic and varied asana sequences, in precise order and reflection to build spiritual strength, which combines the principles of the eight Ashtanga branches of Patanjali and the development of Vinyasa by T. Krishnamacharya.
To achieve this we use the same foundation as in Ashtanga Vinyasa: Posture, Breathing and Drishti, except that on the work of the breath, in general the exhalations are longer than the inspirations, but this may change depending on your typology. , and drishtis are sometimes done with closed eyes focused on breathing.
In the practice of asanas, certain postures are done with full retention and uddiyana bandha. This system of Yoga includes not only sequences of Asanas with binding movements, but also other aspects of Yoga: Prânâyâma, meditations, Mantra, Mudra . It is a very complete practice which allows to purify, to strengthen and to give flexibility to the body, it purifies the nervous system, purifies and stabilizes the functioning of the spirit.
There are 12 sequences. They have beautifully smooth variations and movements resulting from a main posture. There are dozens and dozens of variations within each sequence. They are taught in a specific order.
In each sequence and subroutine, the flow changes from simple movements to those that may seem impossible at first glance. The purpose of Vinyasa Krama is to train the body and mind so that the practitioner can make safe and steady progress. Although there are several difficult vinyasas, it should be remembered that with the help of slow breathing and full attention, considerable progress can be made.
According to Krishnamacharya the asana is Svadhyaya ; that is, it allows us to understand something about ourselves. He also firmly believes that the beginning of pranayama is in the asana, if we use special breathing techniques. Asana, and asana only, accompanied by adequate breathing techniques, leads us to pranayama.
“Nowadays, yoga practice stops at asanas. Very few of them even attempt to seriously practice dharana and dhyana [deeper meditation]. There is a need to once again research and restore the practice and value of yoga in modern times ”
- T. Krishnamacharya
Adaptation & modifications
The Vinyasa Krama method, as its name suggests (varied without violating the parameters indicated) must allow to adapt to each person.
Adapting yoga to individual requirements is an art in itself. We need to understand that there is no one standard practice that works for everyone. In medicine, you have to give different treatment to different patients; what works for someone with a digestive problem would be different from what works for someone with low back pain.
According to an important motto of Krishnamacharya, yoga for children and adolescents (growth stage) is different from the practice of yoga in their forties which is still different from the practice in old age. The body, mind and goals change during different stages of life.
This is one of the strong points of the Vinyasa Krama method.
"Yoga must be adapted to the individual, not the individual in yoga"
- T. Krishnamacharya
Another advantage of Vinyasa Krama is that you are able to access different parts of the body, which you will not do, if you perform a fixed number of movements, a fixed number of asanas. There are so many different movements that you are likely to reach and exercise all parts of the body. Prana goes to these areas, Rakta [blood] goes to these areas.
Compensation / Counterparty
Like medicines, yogasanas have good effects but can also have minor side effects, which are mostly physical. To counteract them, each posture involves a counter-action or sequence of counter-movements that help preserve the effects of the main asanas and counteract any unwanted aspects.
In fact, some of the counter positions help to retain the benefits of the main posture. This combines both the asana and its counter pose, as doing the counter position immediately after the asana is very important. To have a proper straightening of the nerves on all sides.
It is possible to teach for different people: young, old, middle-aged. It is not necessary to have the same structure for young people as for elderly people.
“ Teach what's in you. Not as you apply it to yourself,
but as you can apply it to the one in front of you "