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Vinyasa Krama Workshop

25 February 2017 @ 10:30 - 12:30

Organised by : Martin

Vinyasa krama is the art of sequential variations within prescribed parameters. The Sanskrit syllables for vinyasa krama are defined in this way: vi – variation nyasa – within prescribed parameters krama…

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Vinyasa krama is the art of sequential variations within prescribed parameters.

The Sanskrit syllables for vinyasa krama are defined in this way:

  • vi – variation
  • nyasa – within prescribed parameters
  • krama – sequence

There are four parameters in vinyasa krama: sthira (steadiness), suhka (comfort), prayatna (effort of life, which is breathing), and saithilya (smooth and long breathing). They are set out in these two yoga sutras: II-46 “steadiness and comfort characterize the yogic posture (asana)”; and, II-47 “by making the breath smooth (and long), and focusing the mind on the breath, the perfection of the posture is obtained.” (Ramaswami pointed out that Krishnamacharya interpreted sutra II-47 as focusing the mind on the breath and not on the asana or posture, as some teachers might suggest.)

Krama is the special and appropriate individual steps taken as the process of exploring and mastering, that is becoming established in each asana. These steps though related for each person are also completely unique for each individual and their development.

The term vinyasa actually does not have much to do with the term flow or movement with breath except for in a roundabout way. Vinyasa is part of a larger term.

In this workshop we will trace the history of vinyasa krama, and along the way dispel some commonly held myths on what vinyasa actually means.

 

 

 

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