"Karana Krama as part of the practice of hatha yoga has nothing to do with the aesthetics of Indian dance and the practice of martial arts, but the basic movements are borrowed from preparatory techniques of Indian dancers, Kalaripayattu and contemporary Australian teachers of hatha yoga Sandor Remete (Shadow Yoga) and Simon Borg-Olivier (Yoga Synergy), which over the years developed their practice of yoga asanas and pranayama, using elements of the martial arts of India and China, as well as the experience of the traditional Ayurvedic and modern knowledge of anatomy and physiology."
Mikhail Baranov: "Karana-Krama as a Standard of Movement in Hatha-Yoga"
From this Wildyogi article
Enjoyed watching this video from Mikhail Baranov as well as reading the article but I'm starting to wonder how complimentary Chinese Qi Gong and the postural yoga that tends to be associated with India are.
Here's Mikhail again, a particularly interesting section of the article
I can see why we might want to appropriate Qi Gong to compliment our overly static asana practice but What does asana offer Qigong other than myriad Instagram accounts.
Are they not perhaps mutually exclusive? After employing Qi Gong to move the Energy/Prana/Chi around the body nicely and clear any 'blockages' we then BIND ourselves in a posture???
Does binding make any sense in Qi Gong? I'm guessing but wouldn't that create more blockages than you'd just got rid of.
Perhaps, I'm still too ignorant and on a steep Qi Gong learning curve but the breathing too seems different, contradictory even, there's movement rather than postures and what of my beloved inversions, do they have a place other than with the Shaolin boys?
And yet it all seems to make more sense somehow and best of all it's almost impossible to make Qi Gong look cool..
....unless you're Mikhail or Simon or practicing in you eighties perhaps
Qi Gong is delightfully uninstagramable.
It started off for me as a preparatory practice, taking the place of my pre Ashtanga ten minute tadasana Vinyasa Krama, now it's becoming the main event.
How unexpected and unlooked for, the turns in the path. "Oh, OK, this way then".