Introduction to Vinyasa Krama

See the tadasana (sometimes known as talasana) krama — the foundational practice to Vinyasa Krama yoga

 

In the video above, you witnessed and heard more about the tadasana krama, or otherwise known as the talasana krama, sequence. Tadasana is the first krama or sequence of vinyasakrama yoga. It initiates the practice of standing with both feet touching, a position which beckons the body to balance itself.  The movements of Talasana are performed with symmetry, lightness, and a devotional reverence, which lends a settling, stable quality to the practitioner’s presence.


The beauty and efficacy of yoga is eloquently brought out by Vinyasa Krama.

In Vinyasa Krama the body, breath and mind are integrated to attain a unified state of harmony and attention. Vinyasa also means variation. Vinyasa Krama uses numerous variations of each posture to fully explore the possibilities of the body and attain the classical goals of Yoga — steadiness and comfort.

Synchronizing one’s breath and aesthetic movement will help train the mind to focus. Harnessing the breath will form a union of mind and body that will allow each student to ease into a steadiness within each posture.

The yogis knew that their practices represented more than a system of exercises. By opening themselves to the waves of energy within and around them, they fueled – as we do now – the relationship with the divine soul. The ultimate goal of every yoga practice is to become a vessel able to sail into the infinite cosmic source. The ancient yogis recognized the importance of storing the analytical mind and resonating with the senses, both inward and outward, to explore the infinite properties of light and dark, breath and silence, movement and stillness, to infuse the brain and heart with light and love.

In India, these teachings have been passed down for many centuries, preserving the time-tested aspect of inherent trust in absolute truths.

For a great video introduction to VinyasaKrama, take a look at this beautiful video created by students of Ramaswami as a dedication to him.