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To clear up confusion, there are, to this authors knowledge, 2 schools of thought when it comes to vinyasa.
- One is the Ashtanga Yoga created by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, which might be described as swift, and athletic.
- The other school of thought is called 'Vinyasa Krama' as taught by Srivatsa Ramaswami1. Which is dicussed below.
This page will focus on the latter approach. That of Srivatsa Ramaswami. Vinyasa Krama' translates as ....... There is sweet element of both simplicty and complexity to this approach. On the surface, the asanas might not make sense and look unrelated, internally though they are methodically designed to do various functions. The Vinyasa Krama consists of a sets of sequences to be done in an order, though you can choose to interchange sets, except as part of the warm up, Sequence 1 is done first.
Designed as an A-symetric sequence. Whereby it allows the vigilant practitioner to get a snapshot of his/her current body balance. One side of the body is emphasized for a time and then the other. Then one compares the range of motion and strenghts between each side and make a personal note of the differences. This way one can really advance in their practice, 'ironing out' the small imbalances and 'weaknesses' that get overlooked.
who was student of Sri Krishnamacharya, which also was the master Patabi Jois (Ashtanga style), B.K.S. Iynegar (Iyengar style) and Desikachar (Viniyoga style ?).