Receptivity - Embodied Yoga Vinyasa.
Key principles of Vinyasakrama Yoga Asana
Krishnamacharya created a coherent narrative arc of 12 kramas, which are organized through precise gestures synchronized with breathing. A gradual progression in the construction, where body parts are arranged one to another in a specific, ideal, very precise relation to each other to produce optimum and favorable health effects.
If you know everything about prana you become the best. Prana circulates in the mouth, nose, heart, navel and big toes and assimilates all food. The breath will unlock blockages in the nadic pathways and facilitate the release of habitual holding patterns allowing free flow of energy throughout the body. A yogi becomes their own master when they carry all their prana within the body.
Ujjayi is the foundation of pranayama for yoga asana and most other pranayamas. A soft rubbing effect of this sound breath at the glottis, larynx and vocal cords helps to direct the breath to the central channel just in front of the spine generating an upward movement of energy at the central core.
Perimeters of pranayama breath practices are place, time and duration. Cultivating an evenness of the flow of the breath allows us to dwell in the space between the inhale and exhale cleansing and rejuvenating the subtle nerve and energy pathways, toning specific glands and refining the ability to stay focused in every fiber of our being.
Bandhas are the bridge that allows us to move from practice on a merely physical level to a practice as an inner pranic level. These powerful actions clear blocked areas and consolidate the flow of the breath along with the yogic form to further enhance sensory perceptions.
Success of asana is not measured by the asana itself, but by the degrees to which it facilitates Pranayama. Through slow appropriately sequenced vinyasas matched precisely to the ujjayi breath, one can move prana evenly through the nadis establishing a keen sense of balance in body and mind.
To grasp the sumptuousness and transformative properties of the art of vinyasa, krama yoga requires a steadfast commitment, intense and challenging personal practices, examination of philosophical texts and a strong will to trust the process as it slowly unveils the sacred principles and essential properties of self-discovery. The study of the self is imperative.
By embracing the roots and core teachings in all its diversification with consistent curiosity and examination of the methodology, the auxiliary practices will tune the senses to the internal sounds that will unravel the magnitude of our cosmic connections.