Vinyasa, or more accurately Vinyasa Krama is not just a vigorous, flowy class with lots of movement and music, as is commonly thought. The word vinyasa is composed of two words: vi = order + nyasa = placement; and the word krama means “the uninterrupted sequence of events from beginning to end”; so the entire term means “the ordered placement of the sequence of events.” Shortened simply to “vinyasa,” it refers to a sequence of asanas created with intention and intelligence and linked by breath. An immediate effect of an intelligent sequence is what we call a “Sattvic Effect”, a state of complete alertness yet complete relaxation upon the completion of the practice. If you have ever felt either wired / aggravated or tired / lethargic after a practice, then you know the sequence was not created with intent and intelligence. Long term, creating our practice in this way – with knowledge, skill, and intention, turns our physical practice into a tool for conscious evolution of the body, mind and spirit. We become aware of our life and our world as a process, where the sequence of changes is always occurring. When we inject consciousness into the process of change, we can become aware of the past patterns, connect the dots, and direct the sequence of changes toward the desirable future.
In Vinyasa, every movement into or out of a posture is linked to an inhale or exhale, our physical practice rides on the wave that is breath. Surprisingly, even after years of practice many people do not use their breath correctly during a Vinyasa practice because they simply were never taught the preliminary subtle breathing practices before learning the vigorous “Ujjayi” breath. In this 100hr course we will dive deep into all elements of Vinyasa Krama, so that you – weather teacher or practitioner – can use this fascinating practice towards your and/or your student’s evolution.