VINYASA KRAMA YOGA
VINYASA KRAMA YOGA is an ancient practice of physical and spiritual development. It is a systematic method to study, practice, teach, and adapt yoga. This vinyasa krama (movement and sequence methodology) approach to yoga asana (yoga posture) practice is unique in all of yoga. By integrating the functions of the mind, body, and breath at the same time frame, a practitioner will experience the real joy of yoga practice. Each of the important postures (asanas) is practiced with many elaborate vinyasas (variations and movements). Each variation is linked to the next one by a succession of specific transitional movements, synchronized with the breath. The mind closely follows the slow, smooth, deliberate ujjayi yogic breathing; and the yoking of mind and body takes place with the breath acting as the harness. It is the most scientific approach to moving with breath taught in the most authentic way as taught by Sri. Srivatsa Ramaswamy. A student of legendary Sri. T. Krishnamacharya.
"Vinyasa Krama is an art form of practicing yoga asanas, based on the parameters mentioned in the Yoga Sutras. Sri. Krishnamacharya taught this method of asana practice in which several asana movements or vinyasas are practiced in succession slowly and with synchronization of breath" - Sri. Srivatsa Ramaswami.
These parameters are given by Maharishi. Patanjali in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, one of the ancient and most sacred text on yoga. Vinyasa means 'variations within prescribed parameters'.
This practice follows the parameters such as
1. Ujjayi Breath (throat breathing)
2. Bandhas (internal locks)
3. Synchronized breathing with slow movements
4. Mental focus on the breath
5. Steady postures
6. Asanas practiced with vinyasas (variations and modifications)
7. Intelligent sequencing
8. The art form of practice. Aesthetic variations respecting the classical parameters.
9. Preparatory postures and vinyasas
10. Counter postures
11. Transitional movements.
Every session will have at least about 15 minutes of pranayama and Dharana (meditation) practice for at least few minutes.