Vinyasa Krama Yoga

Half VinyasaOur Yoga classes are based on the Vinyasa Krama system as taught by Sri Krishnamacharya.

Vinyasa = moving with the breath through variations within prescribed parameters
Krama = a logical sequence of steps leading to a goal

All of our classes and courses are based on the principles of Vinyasa Krama. Each sequence starts with very simple movements designed to open out the body and prepare you thoroughly for moving on to more challenging poses. It is a very safe and effective method which works with the body’s stretch reflex (the Golgi Reflex) rather than against it, gently encouraging your joints, ligaments, and muscles to become accustomed to particular postures, whilst increasing your strength and flexibility.

In addition to working with joints, ligaments and muscles, Vinyasa Krama Yoga helps to improve your overall health and vitality.  Combining specific movements with the breath increases the venus return (the amount of blood flowing towards your heart). Research shows that this brings “Starlings Law” into operation – this means that the heart works more strongly to circulate the increased blood flow, exercising your heart without putting it under the strain experienced in other forms of exercise, and improving circulation to all parts of the body. In Yoga this is referred to as Rakta Sancara – it is COMPLETELY UNIQUE to Yoga.

The breath itself can be vastly improved by yogic breathing techniques (specifically Ujjayi breathing and other forms of Pranayama). The capacity of the lungs is improved, and you will come to have complete control over your breath. This is highly beneficial for asthmatics, and means that you will have the ability to calm the mind at any time simply by controlling your breath.

Also unique to Yoga is the manner in which it works at a more subtle level. Prana Sancara is the circulation of Prana (life force). In much the same way as Yoga improves blood circulation, it stimulates the flow of Prana throughout the body, cleansing and energising the subtle channels, leaving you feeling light, calm, healed and relaxed.

In Vinyasa Krama Yoga, there is an emphasis on the use of Bandhas (energy locks), which hold Prana within your body and direct its circulation. On a physical level, the Bandhas help tone and condition internal muscles and organs. 

Regarding working with your mind, Vinyasa Krama Yoga is firmly based on the principles of the Yoga Sutras, ancient teachings which set out eight very simple and clear steps leading you to calmness and clarity of mind. In fact, this is the whole purpose of traditional Yoga. As Srivatsa Ramaswami says, the goal of Yoga is “to develop a Sattvic Mind and realise the true nature of the Self”. All classes and courses at Fluid Yoga incorporate these eight limbs of  Yoga

Vinyasa Krama Yoga  is truly a “Sarvanga Sadhana” – a WHOLE BODY PRACTICE.

The essentials of Vinyasa Krama are:

  • Ujjai Breath
  • Synchronised breathing with slow movements
  • Mental focus on the breath
  • Steady posture
  • Asanas are practised with Vinyasas (variations)
  • Intelligent sequencing
  • The art form of practice. Aesthetic variations respecting the classical parameters
  • Preparatory postures and vinyasas
  • Counter postures
  • Transitional movements

Read more in Moira’s blog about Vinyasa Krama

Check our schedule page for details of our weekly classes.