|Ramaswami chanting with Krishnamacharya|
"One of the chants I learnt from my Guru Sri Krishnamacharya was Suryanamaskara (Sun Salutation) also popularly known as Arunam from Yajur Veda. I used to chant this with him every Sunday for several years and it was what we did on my last class with him. I had it recorded by Sangeetha sometime during the early 80s if I remember correct. Googling, today, I found that you can play this hour long chant from the following link
Tomorrow is Sunday, the day for Sun Salutations. Hope you like it".
Many of Ramaswami's chanting Cd's can be found here as audio downloads
Ramaswami teaching chants in the traditional manner, including How to chant the Yoga Sutras can be found on his website here (these chants used to accompany his book The complete Book of Vinyasa Krama
On Ramaswami's teacher training course in 2010, Ramaswami chanted this in full, after every verse the class would perform a sun salutation...
"Suryanamaskara (Arunam) or Sun Salutation was one of his (Krishnamacharya's) and one of the most popular chants in South India. It runs for an hour and in every Teacher Training program I chant this text consisting of 32 sections and the participants do one Suryanamaskara at the end of the chanting of each section. It takes about two hours for the entire exercise" Ramaswami . Chanting with Krishnamacharya
I've just downloaded the mp3 and will be taking it away with me next week so I can repeat the practice the following Sunday.
One more link, this time to my post on the Sun salutations with mantra, this is an approach to sun salutations that Krishnamacharya used to teach, where a mantra is recited mentally during Kumbhaka (breath retention) at each stage of the Sun salutation
Another FB status update from Ramaswami this week that I particularly liked....
The other 80%
"Sri Krishnamacharya's teaching of asanas are adapted differently by his disciples, sometimes richly varied according to the needs of their students. But Sri Krishnamacharya also taught several other angas like Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana and other kramas like chikitsa. Additionally he also felt for himself and his students that one should, in addition to Yoga system, learn other orthodox systems of thought like Nyaya, Samkhya, Vedanta, Vaishnavism, Vedas, Chants and others. He was a phenomenal teacher, one could study with him all life. But we hear of Sri Krishnamacharya's teaching of asanas only, what about the other 80% of his teachings, very relevant and essential?"
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SRIVATSA RAMASWAMI’S 200 Hour Vinyasakrama Yoga Program—Registered with Yoga Alliance
I. Complete Vinyasa Krama Asanas : In this program about 700 Vinyasas woven around several classical postures will be taught in 10 major sequences. Emphasis will also be placed on breath synchronization with the movements so important to Krishnamacharya’s krama or method. Total instruction 60 Hrs
II. Visesha Vinyasa and Viyasakrama : In this practicum, Speacial Vinyasa sequences, like several Sun Salutation methods and other unique sequences will be taught. Adapting Hatha Yoga to individual needs and developing a sustainable, progressive personal yoga practice will also be discussed. Instruction 20 Hrs
III. Pranayama Methods: In this course several Pranayama methods including Nadi Sodhana, Anuloma, Pratiloma, Viloma Ujjayi, Kapalabhati and Bhastrika and Pranayama with mantras will be taught in detail. Several textual references from Hathayoga Pradipika, Yoga Yagnyavalkya and Yoga Upanishads also will be discussed. Also teaching methods of Pranayama. Total Instruction 20 Hrs
IV. Mantras and Meditation: In this program, Mantras as a means of developing the mind towards meditation will be discussed and taught. Several classical mantras including Pranava (Om), Gayatri, Sanskrit alphabets (matruka) mantras will be taught. Introduction to vedic mantras. Total Instruction 20 Hrs
V. Sri T Krishnamacharya’s Works: Even as Sri Krishnamacharya is well known, his works which contain some of his great insights to Yoga are not yet well known. One way to study the Master’s wisdom will be to study his works. In this program, some of his important works especially Yoga Rahasya will be gone through in detail. Yoga Makaranda and his work on Yoga Sutras will also form part of the study. Total Instruction 20 Hrs
VI. Raja Yoga (Yoga Sutra) Studies: Traditionally Yoga Sutras have been the Yogi’s Bible. Sri Krishnamacharya would exhort his students to eschew any practice that may violate or is inconsistent with the teachings and thought process of the Yoga Sutras. It is incumbent on all committed Yogis to take a serious and depth look at the Sutras. In this course all the sutras will be taught with the sutra meaning. Total Instruction 20 Hrs
VII. Yoga for the Internal Organs: In this program, emphasis will be placed on a proper assessment of available yoga techniques to impart health to different parts of the body, especially the internal organs, called the kosas, as the heart (hrdaya kosa), lungs (svasa kosa), stomach (anna kosa) and others . Total Instruction 10 Hrs
VIII. Yoga Business and Teaching Methodology: Practical information on how to get a website, start a newsletter and generate word of mouth will be provided. In the second part of this course methods of teaching different aspects of yoga like asanas, pranayama, meditation, and texts to different groups of people(all ages) will be covered. Total Instruction 10 Hrs
IX. Chanting Yoga Sutras and Subtle Anatomy: This course contains two seperate segments. In the first, participants will be taught the methodology of chanting the Yoga Sutras. Practice of chanting several sutras using the conventional method of "chandas". Total Instruction 10 Hrs
X. Anatomy and Physiology: The class will take an overview of the major bones and muscles of the body. We will look at their location and function and specifically how they can be utilized in various yoga postures. Total Instruction 10 Hrs
My own slideshow from the 2010 course