from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi

This blog included. "So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Videos of Ramaswami teachng Vajrasana subroutine UPDATE also Virasana Subroutine

Wonderful to hear my teachers voice again this afternoon, giving instruction on the videos below, just as I remember it, big smile on my face.

'During my recent visit to India I made a DVD of an abridged version of two Vinyasakrama Yogasana sequences, I have uploaded two routines on those sequences 9now three). The audio quality is terrible, but you may prefer to watch in mute mode. I hope to clean up the audio and reload them in due course'.
Srivatsa Ramaswami.

In the first video Ramaswami shows us two ways to enter Vajrasana, the second version being a little more vigorous with a jump to and from chaturanga. If you look at Ramaswami  The Complete book of Vinyasa Yoga, you'll see there are several other vinyasas (variations) of vajrasana, as well as different patterns, more repetitions perhaps or more breaths in a vinyasa. Here Ramaswami chooses a just a couple  of variations which suggests how one might modify a Vinyasa Krama practice depending on time available and the objectives for the practice.

One might begin the practice with a short standing sequence, followed by a Bow postures subroutine which could provide more preparation for the Kapoatasana in the vajrasana routine below. The asana element of your practice might end with some inversions and perhaps a short lotus sequence.

UPDATE: Ramaswami has just posted another video of the Virasana subroutine which follows vajrasana in his book (see 3rd Video below).




I can almost imagine it's Ramaswami there on the mat as a young man while Krishnamacharya gives the instruction pretty much as we hear it here.

This is of course a demonstration with one of Ramaswami's experienced students. If you find the routine challenging, the forward bend with the hands above the head, Kapotasana for example, then don't worry, on his courses Ramaswami will give you lots of preparations, modifications and different options depending on your ability.

If you would like to study with Ramaswami, and I can't recommend it enough,  then I've just checked his upcoming schedule and he is teaching...

13 April- 15 April Yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya The Yoga Shala Ridgefield Connecticut.

20 April - 22 April Mantra Yoga, Vinyasakrama Yoga,pranayam and Yoga for Internal Organs Heights School of YogaAddress: 1547 Rutland St, Hoston, TX 77008; USA

27 April 2012- 29 April2012 Vinyas Krama weekendThe Yoga of Sri T Krishnamacharya 

6 May 2012-11 May12 Practicum on Hatha (Vinyasa) and Raja Yoga (26 hours) Esalen Institute. Big Sur, CA

See Ramaswami's teaching schedule HERE

Ramaswami's 200 Teacher training course in Vinyasa Krama runs July to August at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA

School of Yoga with Srivatsa Ramaswami
200 Hr Teacher Training Program on Vinyasakrama Yoga—Registered with Yoga Alliance.
1. Vinyasakrama Yogasanas (60 hours)
2. Visesha Vinyasas (20 hours)
3. Pranayama (20 hours)
4. Mantras and Meditation (20 hours)
5. Sri Krishnamacharya's Works (20 hours)
6. Yoga Sutras (20 hours).
7. Yoga for Internal Organs (10 hours)
8. Yoga Business and Teaching Methodology (10 hours)
9. Anatomy and Physiology (10 hours)
10. Subtle Anatomy and Chanting (10 hours)
Total: 200 hours

This was the course I took in 2010, feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the course either in comments or by direct email (address in my profile page).


  1. Thanks so much for posting these videos!

  2. Hurrah! He's just loaded Tadasana-Pasasana. The one posture I could 'watch people doing' all day.

  3. Just done a new post putting all the tadasana video's in order. Sound isn't great but to be honest i kind of like the background noises.

    tempted to delete all mine now, no longer required.

  4. I don't think you should delete yours. After all, you got there first. Who knows, maybe it was your numerous YouTube sequences, that inspired this current influx.

  5. Thanks Steve, Ramaswami has just said he wants more Videos from his students though I think I'm about done.... though perhaps some voice overs.

  6. Voice overs would be great. It's the narration that really sticks, and gets carried into our own practice. Well, that's how it goes with me anyway.

    Since you posted all the Richard Freeman stuff, I got myself a kindle copy of The Mirror of Yoga. Not an easy read, but it gives a heck of a lot of 'mental tapestry' for a practice that I thought I knew quite well. FInding all kinds of hidden depths. It's great.



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