|Sri T. Krishnamacharya|
|Sri K. Pattabhi.Jois|
Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Flexible approach to asana
Primary, middle and proficient framework but no fixed sequence
Flexibility in the length and duration of breath dependent on asana
Kumbhaka (Breath retention)
Integrated practice of asana, pranayama and meditation
Salutations to the Teacher and the Eternal one (has anyone seen or have access to this text?)
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Five breaths per asana except in finishing sequence
Inhalation and exhalation the same
Breathing with sound
Generally no Kumbhaka (breath retention)
Focus on asana only (at least until Advanced series)
*Although the pictures above show the same postures found in Surya namaskara, Krishnamacharya supposedly disapproved of their extensive use. In Yoga Makaranda he treats each stage of the Surya namaskar a as a distinct posture, many of which may be held for ten to fifteen minutes. Krishnamacharya also taught Suryanamaskara with mantra where each stage would be held on kumbhaka while the appropriate mantra was mentally chanted.
Classical/traditional/Modern. I'm taking classical/traditional to suggest an integrated practice that includes focus on the Yamas/Niyamas, Asana with ujayii and kumbhaka, pranayama and meditative practices in line with the ancient texts Eg. Yoga Upanishads, Yogayajnavalkyam etc. I take 'modern' to suggest an approach to practice that focuses mainly on asana . I recognise this as a position up for discussion and debate.
When first developing my own practice, I doubt I would have found the classical approach as appealing as the more clearly defined modern one, though this changed after a couple of years of practice and I began to seek and lean towards a more classical, integrated approach.