The teachings of T. Krishnamacharya

Vinyasa Krama is the tradition that Srivatsa Ramaswami transmits as his T. teacher taught it is Krishnamacharya for 30 years. In this system one are breathing and movement. San Román writes white.

The rate is determined by slow inhalations and exhalations. A practice, in the end, that forces the mind to be focused on what happens in each vinyasa without possibility of escape.

A fundamental Maxim in this system is that each one has his practice, custom, respecting her limits, physical conditions, mental and personal. It is not intended to be a practice closed, clonal, equal for all.

The proposal is that each customize your practice, each teacher knows to see specific needs of each student. Vinyasa Krama, as defined by my teacher Srivatsa Ramaswami, It is art in motion.

The "one truth" and Hatha Yoga

In the current context of Yoga, we have different names and styles that seem to want to get close to the "one truth". The extended family that includes the term Hatha Yoga It is without doubt the most widespread in the West. Within it we find different ways to tackle the practice. In my experience as a student and tutor, all of them contain truths and, in some cases, errors of understanding of the true essence of Yoga. Finally and within, each one approaches to these teachings with different needs, different limitations, multiple expectations; all this determines the way of understanding something as broad as it is the philosophy of Yoga.

Much less, I intend to establish any absolute truth; already dealt with the great Sage Patanjali establish perfect parameters of what is Hatha Yoga. I just want to share my experience after years of practice and training in a system transmitted by the great master T. Krishnamacharya, that increasingly is spreading more and that has given me at all levels.

Vinyasa Krama

The term Vinyasa Krama as all Sanskrit words has many meanings. With respect to the practice of Yoga and such as defined by the master Srivatsa Ramaswami It would be: "Put something artistic, systematic and orderly without altering the established parameters"

That 'something' in the practice of Yoga refers to our body: body, breathing and mental health care. Thus, in Vinyasa Krama practice employ vinyasas or variations in attitudes following parameters listed by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras: a full synchronization of breathing and movement It is the fundamental requirement of this approach.

We started the movement with inhalation or exhalation controlled Ujjay, as applicable, and end with the same synchronization of movement and breathing. The focus of the mind must be in the breath, in pranasthana. Thus, there is an attendance consistent in what we are doing, we carry the mind to the State of Ekagrata (care only).

The strength of the Vinyasas

The Vinyasas they are not simply a harmonious movement that takes us from a position to another; they contain all a way to articulate that it prepares the body for access to the following positions in a way more safely and efficiently: the repeated and systematic of the different parts of the body movement helps to release flow sinobial moisturizing joints causing the impact of muscle stretch is progressive, safe and allows us to enter the positions ensuring the balance between stability (Sthira) and comfort (Sukha).

This helps lengthen the time of stay in the positions gradually. The application of KRAMA It is common to all from teachings of Krishnamacharya: pays special attention to the execution of positions and contraposturas order to get the most possible benefit.

Vinyasa Krama not only has movement; great importance is attached to remain in the positions. This static permanence each asana is carried out respecting the logical tour of each posture (for obvious reasons does not require the same time spent for Danurasana than for Paschimottanasana). We access the positions gradually and systematically based on a series of set sequences that we can tailor to our needs.


There are 10 main sequences and several shorter procedures (not going to delve into them, has already done so excellently Noelia Insa in the series of articles being published). These 10 major sequences contain a multitude of subsequences that we can adjust in time and number according to where have decided to address the session. This offers an endless wealth of possibilities, in addition, a perfect order of preparation, stay in the posture and contrapostura.

Such as teacher T. Krishnamacharya taught this way, in our personal practice, there are five positions that should always keep a minimum of five minutes: baghiratasana, paschimottanasana, sirsasana, sarvangasana and Maha mudra (is not strictly an asana, but is it includes in this Krama).

At the end of the session, after Savasana, proposes a practice of Pranayama adapted to the work carried out and the conditions at the time (experience of practitioners, time of year, weather, etc.). After this, Srivatsa Ramaswami, offers us a moment of introspection (Pratyahara) culminating in Dharana. You are looking for with this, long-term, is to gradually reach the State of meditation (Samyama). Throughout this tour allows you to route a mind distracted towards a mind where the attention to focus on a single point leading us to the coveted State of Nirodha.

From my experience, Vinyasa Krama allows you to delve way progressive and realistic in a practice that adapts to your need in every moment. As a teacher of Viniyoga in its therapeutic applications (Chikitsa Krama) and Vinyasa Krama, I find that the latter gives you the information necessary to adapt the teaching to each student's needs. As my dear teacher Srivatsa Ramaswami says: "Vinyasa krama is the system, Viniyoga application of that system".

White San Román She is Professor of therapeutic Yoga and Vinyasa Krama, co-founder of Dhara Yoga where he teaches regular classes as well as specific workshops. He collaborates in the training of teachers of AEPY in the apatado of Yoga therapy and in a timely manner with several magazines of the sector.

Annual immersion course in Vinyasa Krama

From September of this year Dhara Yoga He started an annual certified immersion in this exciting practice that is Vinyasa Krama. It will last for a weekend a month until June 2018. The information on the web

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By • Jul 20, 2017 • section: Signatures