Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Full Vinyasa with the Lino Miele DVD plus first flip back up from Viparita dandasana and Minestrone

I mentioned earlier in the week that I had practiced Full vinyasa Primary and how light and airy it felt, perhaps due to all the coming up to standing, and thus some fresh air, between postures.

Well I did and I didn't.

I practiced with Lino's DVD yesterday and there are a hell of a lot more 'full vinyasas' than I remembered.

For a start, in Standing, he come back to tadasana in between the padangusthasana's,

then again between the parasarita's

That was a surprise.

In seated he transitions back to standing, samasthiti between each of the paschimottanasana's, that felt a bit much but guess this there were five of them A, B, C, D and E. The last one was interesting actually, the arms go over the top of the feet, the fingers under the heel.

Another interesting on e is the vinyasa in-between garbha pindasana and kukkutasana. So instead of rolling up into kukkutasana from Garbha P you do your full vinyasas and then have to force your arms through your lotus again and then lift up into kukkutasana (tricky). I liked it though, Lino does nauli in kukkutasana I half managed it but couldn't get the rolling of the belly.

Something I remembered from last time around, think I bought this DVD in 2009, was that there are vinyasas in between the finishing postures, I liked this too very easy to see finishing as a winding down, to think of the practice as being pretty much over after urdhava danurasana (some places you get sent to another room for finishing). By starting each of the finishing postures from standing they come alive again, treated with a new respect and so they should be, Jois says they are essential even in a reduced practice.

Can't say I enjoyed it as much as the semi full vinyasa I practiced Sunday but that might be because I was practicing with the DVD and that probably threw it out a bit. Need to internalise it and practice it a couple of times on my own, see how it feels then.

When I first go the the DVD back in 2009 I remember being blown away by Lino's, strength, he seems to jump back and through effortlessly, plus he includes some transitions via handstand, navasana for example but also konasana, these are usually in split screen as an option.

What struck me this time though were some of the subtle jump through's he does. Lino is a straight leg jump through guy but he'll jump through into Marchi A for example, somehow keeping one knee bent and he'll jump back from that too and from Janu A and B, not so flashy but a subtle jumping in and out of posture that makes the whole thing flow along nicely.

Best of all you get Jois counting throughout and it's one of the slowest counts I've heard him do in led, of course for me , with my Vinyasa krama influence, that was perhaps the highlight of the whole thing.

NB: Screwed up here, roselil told me last time around that it wasn't Jois counting but Lino, here's her comment from 2009

roselil said...

Why do you write "Guruji's count"? It is Lino himself doing the counting (can't you hear his Italian accent?). He did the recording of the pictures first (in many many takes over many many days - all is filmed by the same guy (Ilpo) with just one camera, so asanas were repeated again and again to shoot the various angels). After the cutting was completed and all the film bits edited together, Lino himself voiced two sound tracks, one with the clear sound of his breath and one with the exact count of the vinyasa - everything adjusted to fit the pictures of the already edited movie. A music track has also been added at some time. So this is no recording of a life performance, but lots of small pieces syncronized into one long smooth movie. This Ilpo guy is absolutely able of something with a camera and an editing table.

If I remember right (getting all nostalgic now), the very first version of the video only had the sound track with Lino's breathing, but as this associated too much with a "heavy breather" further sound tracks have been added for later versions.

And how do I know? Because I was in Kovalam during the winter when he recorded the whole thing.

Does anyone have his new primary DVD, is that full vinyasa also? And his 2nd &3rd series DVD with Gwendolyn hunt, Anyone have it, is that full vinyasa?

Oh, here's the review I did of the DVD first time around back in 2009

Lot's of practice yesterday, the full vinyasa with Lino's DVD in the morning then a Vinyasa Krama backbend practice in the afternoon followed by lots of videoing of the last few inverted Series subroutines for My practice book.

Highlight was hopping back over from Viparita Dandasana, don't think I'd ever managed that before, makes me want to try tic tacks again, more room in the home shala now too.

Low point was bottling out of sirsasna mandala, the one where your in headstand and walk around flipping over into viparita dandasana and then back again as you continue around, like the shoulder stand version.

I've never really had the room to practice the mandalas, managed the shoulder stand one above just and not with much grace but got to where I was about to flip over in headstand yesterday and lost my nerve, didn't feel quite right. Another look at it tonight perhaps.

Another low point was the vinyasa krama arm balances. Ramaswami has you go up into headstand switch into badha hasta sirsasana C, the headstand with the forearms flat beside your head. You then push up into pincha mayurasana for a few breaths, push your head through and take your legs back for a few breaths, while in that position you make a lotus and hold that, then undo your lotus and go into vrischikasana A, (scorpion pose) finally flipping out to down dog while keeping your forearms on the mat.


Crashed out a couple of times as you'll see from the editing.

After that I filmed the headstands, similar to those at the end of 2nd series, so familiar although as with the arm balances I haven't practiced them much for the last few months, only the odd 2nd series ashtanga here and there.

After all that filming the rest of the evening was spent cutting and editing the video's, turning them into screenshots, editing those and making up the new practice sheets so I can be a little ahead over the holidays.

Actually it was a good day, best of all I made a beast of a Minestrone, this is a cold house, can't tell you how good for the soul that soup was.

Just after putting in the stock, garlic carrots, celery, leeks, spring onions, potato , sweet potato, handful of pasta and some butter beans (no cannelloni beans in the house) bit of parmesan rind...oh and some chopped tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes.

Finished off with a handful of chopped baby spinach, parmesan and a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil- served generously.

I'm sure practice this evening will feel like it's coming between me and my soup.


  1. I made it too after you put up the reciepe, it is most deliciousl indeed mr, thank you.

  2. Hi Grimmly:) I wanted to shre with you that Manju has told us that "back in the day" Guruji taught full vinyasa between all standing as well! This was to keep the Brahman boy's minds off sex, it would exhaust them:) I tried it....he was right:) much to my husbands dismay:) haha.

  3. Did you put some spinach or cabbage in the end, makes all the difference, cold where you are , must have been warming.

    : ) thank you J. Interesting, wonder if that's why he re introduced it, clubMed mysore. I was wondering about it yesterday, remember in the old picture of Krishnamacharya and the kids outside the yoga school (pic in yoga makaranda, free download on side of blog). Do you think Full or half vinyasa would appeal to the kids more, I kind of thought half vinyasa, imagine the kids getting bored of all the returning to standing.

    Love hearing the manju stories, keep em comin'

  4. Good question:) I think that kids have so much energy and flexibility, they may welcome that type of challenge. When Manju shared that interesting bit of historical info, I of course had to try it....I really enjoyed it, it was March and eventhough I live in Florida(dont hate me) it really warmed me up and as you said, it made feel really light..........and really sweaty:) Manju has a lot of funny stories about Krishnamacharya and his dad, as well as his own spin on the practice. Manju teaches they way his father taught him, Guruji did teach Indian students differently than westerners and he was his kid so I imagine it was intense to say the least:) David(Williams) is similar in teaching to Manju, however he does not include Vinyasa between sides and goes right from Baddha Konasana to Upavishta Konasana(legs down then up)then back to Supta Konasana and back up:) pretty cool, I do that sometimes when I am pressed for time:)

  5. As I already mentioned in my commentary to your first review of this DVD, it is NOT P. Jois doing the counting, but Mr. Miele himself. Why do you think otherwise? Just listen to the voice and you'll know it is not an Indian accent, but an Italian.

    However, and to your excuse, it is obvious that Lino is so inspired by Jois' way of counting (this is anyway also the only way he knows) so he is basically mimicking his guru.

    Asking Lino when he was recording this stuff, he told that the full vinyasa especially in the finishing sequence is only for documentation purposes so that people will understand the correct counting method. I was not meant to be practiced like this other than at special occasions, such as the recording of this DVD.

  6. I'm sorry Roselil kicking myself here. Glanced back at my old post but not at the comments. will add your notes to the text. Thank you for being bothered to tell me off again, hopefully this time it'll stick.



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