“It is only by bringing body, breath, and mind into unison that we realize the true quality of an asana”
T. K. V. Desikachar
VinyasaKrama approach has been started by TirumalaiKrishnamacharya in the 1930s and is transmitted further by A. G. Mohan.
During vinyasa karma classes we will pay a special attention to synchronizing the breath with the movement during the performance of specific sequences. We will seek relaxation in positions, which is the key feature of work with the body, we will also strive for releasing the tensions in particular parts of our body, the ones that frequently result from unpleasant life experiences. During the subsequent classes we will consolidate the basic asanas and their variants in various sequences prepared in such a way that directing mindfulness to what is happening with the body during the performance of positions is the priority. We will not omit the dynamic, which does not mean fast or tense, sequences.
The classes are directed both at people who stand on the mat for the first time as well as for those who need and seek silencing and relaxing of the body – this, however, does not have anything to do with the lying position!
The classes end in relaxation. Simple exercises for breath and concentration will be gradually introduced, which will allow the participants to take care of their breath and mind.
To end up with, let Desikachar’s words be the encouragement for us to meet as often as possible:
“However beautifully we carry out an asana, however flexible our body may be, if we do not achieve the integration of body, breath, and mind we can hardly claim that what we are doing is yoga. What is yoga after all? It is something that we experience inside, deep within our being. Yoga is not an external experience. In yoga we try in every action to be as attentive as possible to everything we do. […] In yoga we are not creating something for others to look at. As we perform the various asanas we observe what we are doing and how we are doing it. We do it only for ourselves. We are both observer and what is observed at the same time. If we do not pay attention to ourselves in our practice, then we cannot call it yoga.”