Vinyasa Krama Yoga
"The basic parameters used in Vinyása Krama are steadiness of the posture, a calm mind, synchronizing the breath with slow movements of the limbs, and, while in the postures, having the mind closely following the breath." - Srivatsa Ramaswami
Vinyasa Krama Yoga is an authentic and traditional system of yoga in the lineage of Sri T Krishnamacharya (right below) and transmitted by his direct disciple Srivatsa Ramaswami (left below) who, at age 80 (above), gave a workshop at La Source in 2018.
The practice consists of twelve major sequences. Each sequence contains a classic yoga posture and variations of movement (vinyasa) which lead to the mastery of that posture with systematic practice. Transitional movements between sequences, numerous vinyasas within each sequence and counter-postures bring great variety to a regular practice.
The practice develops strength and flexibility. It improves circulation of blood, lymph and life energy (prana). It's a simple, enjoyable and effective way of exercising all joints, muscles, and tissues of the body without stressing the heart. The movements are slow and synchronized with ujjayi breathing which concentrates the mind and brings it into a state of peace.
With its emphasis on synchronized breathing and moving, the system prepares the person to sit with steadiness and comfort for the more subtle practices of pranayama and meditation which are included in each class. The whole process gradually transforms the body and mind, releasing old patterns of mental tension and dysfunctional patterns of movement.
The sequences are designed with a natural progression of difficulty (krama) for anyone to start at whatever age and level without straining or forcing the body. Postures can be adapted easily to each student's level even within a group class.
La Source teachers Min Shen, Danijela Radic, Timi Toth and Denise Pesch have all taken Ramaswami's teacher training and have studied with Stephen as well.