What is Vinyasa Krama Yoga?

What is Vinyasa Krama Yoga is an ancient practice of physical and spiritual development. It is a systematic method to study, practice, teach, and adapt yoga. This vinyasasa karma (movement and sequence mythology) approach to yogasana (yoga posture) practice is unique in all of yoga. By integrating the functions of mind, body and breath in the same time frame, a practitioner will experience the real joy of yoga practice. Each of the important postures (asnanas) is practiced with may elaborate vinyasas (variations and movements). Each variation is linked to the next one by a succession of specific transitional movements, synchronized with the breath. The mind closely follows the slow, smooth, deliberate ujjayi yogic breathing; and the yoking of the mind and body takes place with the breath acting as the harness.

The legendary yoga Sri. T. Krishnamacharya brought this method of yoga back to use and prominence.

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The parameters of Vinyasa (Sanskrit )

The Sanskrit word vinyasay comes from a prefix vi, which means "variation", and suffix naysay, which means "within prescribed parameters". The parameters prescribed in classical yoga with respect to yogasanas, as contained in Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (Yoga Sutra II.46), are: Sthira sukham asanam

STHIRA (Steadiness): For a posture to qualify as asana, it should afford the practitioner the ability to remain steady in that posture.

SUKHA (Comfort): Use of breath and the close attention of the mind to the breath, which are the hallmarks of yoga, ensure that there are considerable joy and relaxation.

ASANA (sitting down)

It can also be defined as breath-synchronized movement.

T.K.V. Desikachar says, "It is attention without tension, loosening-up without slackness"


Viniyoga is a personalized practice tailored to the practitioner's needs. Yoga provides the means to bring out the best in each of us and tailor our practice to our bodies, mind and to our best abilities. This concept is foreign to a lot of practitioners. Most of us are achievers and would like to tailor our bodies to the practices verses the opposite.

This approach that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of the individual - giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation.