Tuesday, 1 May 2012

New blog mission statement.

In 2010 I attended Srivatsa Ramaswami's Vinyasa Krama Teacher Training course at LMU. Ramaswami had been a student of Krishnamacharya for over thirty years. One of the major elements of the course was a close study of Krishnamachrya's Yoga Makaranda and Yogarahasya which we explored in the classroom, reading each text aloud line by line with discussion and in the practice room exploring the asana in practice. this blog is an attempt to continue that process by including Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu in the discourse.

I've just practiced Krishnamacharyas Primary group/series, from the table in his 1941 book Yogasanagalu, for the first time (see the page in the tab at the top of the blog for preliminary practice sheets). This appears to be an original form of the Ashtanga Primary series taught by Pattabhi Jois.

Currently Satya Murthy is working on a translation on the Yogasanagalu that is appearing on my other blog Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama at Home as each page is passed on to me ( see the Page on the tab at the top of this blog).

This blog then is an attempt to recreate and practice, as far as possible, the 'original Ashtanga series developed by Krishnamacharya through his works, in particular Yoga Makaranda and Yogasanagalu as well as the 1938 Black and White film footage that can be found in the Youtube video bar at the side of this blog.

In Krishnamachary's approach all asanas are not the same. Some asana allow for longer stays and this may be required to achieve the full benefits of the posture. Other postures allow for deeply engaged bandhas and still others retention on the exhalation or even inhalation. In one posture we might seek to increase the length of the inhalation in another the exhalation. Krishnamacharya states clearly that for the full benefit of certain asana it's vinyasa/variations should be included. This appears is in keeping with Krishnamacharya's philosophy of teaching the appropriate practice to a particular student in a particular situation and environment.

In attempting to practice Krishnamacharya's Primary just now, the sophistication of this approach became even more apparent as did the need to study closely each asana as described in the texts.

The rough plan is to include the recent posts on the translation of the Yogasanagalu as well as each new page that comns in. Side by side with that I hope to look at each asana in the syllabus along with the pictures and descriptions in both Yoga Makaranda and Yogasanagalu.


  1. There is a small typo at the beginning: "In 20010" :-)

    I wish you all the best for your new blog. I look forward reading you ;-)

  2. Thanks Anon, have changed it.