|Yoga Makaranda 1936|
Of course you don't have to go so far as 80 pranayamas, you could add just twelve, twenty-four, forty-eight to your regular practice, this is an experiment, an exploration.
|1938 documentary footage|
As well as the practice outlined in the earlier post I've also started exploring this later Krishnamacharya approach, with the inversions earlier on in the practice. Here's an outline of Krishnamacharya logic behind it.
'Numerous asanas have been mentioned in the treatises on yoga. Each has it's own special benefits. But of all the asanas the Shirsasana and Sarvangasana hold the top place, as they give the greatest benefit, and the shastras extol their benefit.
...When once a fair proficiency has been attains in asana and pranayama, the aspirant to Dhyana has to regulate the time to be spent on each and choose the particular Asanas and pranayama which will have the most effect in strengthening the higher organs and centres of perception and thus aid him in attaining Dhyana.
...The best asanas to choose for this purpose Shirsasana and Sarvangasana. These are to be done with proper regulated breathing and bandhas.
...Follow with some sitting asana. In Shirshasana, the organs in the head and in the brain get a copious supply of blood, the internal organs in the body get displaced upwards. the two minutes rest normalises. in Sarvangasana, the blood supply to the head is restricted by resting the body on the neck and making the chin lock. the thyroid and the upper part of the body get the the extra blood supply. But here again the internal organs of the body get displaced upwards. the two minute rest normalises. When a sitting asana is now done the internal organs regain their proper positions. this is the reason behind doing the asanas in this particular order.
...Sayanchanacharya has mentioned six specific asanas for daily practice. he, however, proscribes that along with these other asana (this may vary each day) should be done.
...As Dhyna is practiced in one of the sitting postures, these asanas should also be practiced to strengthen the muscles that come into play in keeping the postures steady'.
In my own morning practice I've set it out something like this, bold are the minimum recommended asana by Krishnamacharya, regular type, those from Ramaswami. There's flexibility here of course, lots of Vinyasa Krama variations that can get added and taken away here and there depending on time. It's pretty much the same as before but with the inversions earlier on.
10 Minute tadasana sequence
Utthita hasta padangusthasana
Shoulderstand (5 minutes)
Sirsasana (Headstand) - ujjayi pranayama - 24 rounds (2 breaths per minute) 12 minutes, 2 minute rest
Savangasana (Shoulderstand) - ujjayi pranayama - 24 rounds 12 minutes
2 minutes rest
Urdhva Dhanurasana (counterpose)
Pranayama (80 pranayama's)
Vilouma ujjayi shodana
Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses)
yonimudra (inner gazing)
trataka (outer gazing)
Dharana (Concentration): Fixing the attention on a single object.
Savasana (10 minutes - Ramaswami's chanting)-------------------------------
|Yogasanagalu, 1970's edition|
There's evening practice too of course but that's exploring Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda/Yogasanagalu approach while we work on the Yogasanagalu translation (actually Satya's doing all the real work, I'm not doing much).