“It is not enough to simply take a step, that step needs to take us into the right direction and in the right way”
What is it?
Steps taken to reach a goal
The sequential arrangement of postures (pranayama or meditation techniques) to create a specific result
It is the linking mechanism used to enter, leave and join postures together to create a flow
It is the transforming principle which elevates static postures into a:
- Meditation in movement
- Fluid flow
- Dynamic dance
- Moving prayer
- Mystical matrix
- Physiological mantram
It is a means to progress step by step from the known to the un known, from the gross to the subtle.
It is the bridge between where you are and where you would like to be. This bridge of vinyasa krama is the means to cross the river of samasara (delusion and suffering)
It brings a dynamic continuity to yoga practice, it uses:
- The body as a vehicle
- The breath as the fuel
- The bandha as the engine
- The dristi as the steering
- The vinyasa as the road ahead
How does it work?
When sequencing postures three things are in mind:
1. The physical effects of the sequence – to bring about physical equilibrium
2. The psychological effects of the sequence – to bring about mental equilibrium
3. The energetic effect of the sequence – to bring about pranic equilibrium.
Some examples of Vinyasa Krama in action
• Yama – Niyama – Asana – Pranayama – Pratyahara – Dharana – Dhyana – Samadhi
• The grouping of the twelve postures of Sun Salutation
• The sequential arrangement of a car journey to a specific destination
• A business plan!
What does Vinyasa Krama teach us?
• Often we find ourselves in situations and places, wondering how we got there. Vinyasa krama asks us to be conscious of the steps we take to arrive at a destination. To be conscious of the journey – to move with conscious intention.
• That our current situation is the collective result of many small steps and many small or large choices.
• How to progress towards a goal in manageable stages and how to enjoy the stages.
• It teaches us (that to a degree) we shape our own destiny.
• It teaches us that everything changes and that yoga is the ability to face these changes free from fluctuation.
• It teaches us to be in the moment and accept the stage we are at.
Are there any rules to sequencing?
Yes the following rules or guidelines are the science of sequencing. However it must also be kept in mind that there is an art of sequencing which transcends the science. This is the art of intuitive practice governed by the inner flow of prana alone. The flow becomes a spontaneous outer manifestation of the energy within.
We must of course be realistic, the ability to sequence postures for energetic enhancement and equilibrium requires intimate experiential knowledge of the inner flow. This in turn requires dedicated long-term yoga PRACTICE.