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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Complete asana table from Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu, Primary, Middle and Proficient asana groups

Visit The ongoing Yogasanagalu (1941) Translation Project page for the translation we have so far.



UPDATE
NOTE: With the translation of Krishnamacharya's second book Yogasanagalu ( Mysore 1941 - 3rd edition with additional chapter 1972) now complete, I'm just putting the finishing touches on a free to download edition of the full text that will be available for personal study on the Free Download page at the top of the blog.




'Therefore, how many vinysas for asanas? Asana position comes at which vinyasa count?  When do you perform rechanka and puraka?  When to do antah kumbhaka and bahya kumbhaka?  What are its benefits?  For yoga practitioners information, it is listed in the table below'.
Yogasanagalu

Yogasanagalu Asana table









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Notes

Kumbhaka
Antah kumbhaka (purakha kumbhaka) = retention of the breath after inhalation
Bahya kumbhaka (recaka kumbhaka= retention of the breath after exhalation
Ubhya kumbhaka = retention of the breath after both inhalation and exhalation

*In the Primary group above kumbhaka is indicated explicitly in only three postures, baddha padmasana, uttanasana and sethubandasana. In the earlier Yoga Makaranda (1934) however, kumbhaka is indicated other primary postures. This may be that while learning the Primary asana we may forgo kumbhaka in most of the primary postures until gaining familiarity and a degree of proficiency with those asana when we would then begin to work in the kumbhaka. this may be made clearer as the translation continues.

Kumbhaka (mentioned explicitly) in the Yoga Makaranda Primary asana
Tadasana (here implies samasthiti )- purakha kumbhaka
Uttanasana -purakha kumbhaka (we can perhaps presume that all the uttanasana variations would also include antha kumbhaka EG. padahastasana, parsvauttanasa
na, prasaritapadauttanasana.
Ardha baddha padma uttanasana - recaka kumbhaka
Urdhavamukhssvanasana - puraka kumbhaka
Adhomukhssvandasana - recaka kumbhaka
Paschimottanasana - purkha kumbhaka (recaka kumbhaka implied ?)
janusirsasana - purka kumbhaka & Rechaka kumbhaka
Upavistakonasana "recaka kumbhaka is the central principle for this posture"
badhakonasana - recaka kumbhaka
Suptapaddangusthasana- recaka kumbhaka
utthitahastapadangusthasana - recaka kumbhaka
Bhujapidasana - recaka kumbhaka
marichiyasana - recaka kumbhaka ?


Pictorial representation of the table (made up of my old file pictures ).






Krishnamacharya's Primary group (Incomplete ; made up of pictures from his Yoga Makaranada).
Original table



9 comments:

  1. This is FANTASTIC Grimmly, WHAT A RESOURCE!

    Was just looking at the primary series poses and there is retention of breath in Utana padasana and setu bandhasana, new information that is, I intuitively never thought of it in those poses in particular, shall try today to experiment...

    Intermediate has lots of them! retentions after exhalation, after inhalation, a whole new level of awareness to practice.

    By the way, I have been looking at photos of Krishnamacharya and cannot find one in which he is on a backbend or a dropback... wonder if he ever recorded any of those poses, I believe the one in the Makarandam is a student of his, much younger who is in chakra bandhasana... anyways, just curious.

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  2. Yes, but see my notes at the bottom Claudia about breath retention in the asana descriptions in Yoga Makaranda. It's there in most of the postures in some form or other.

    Curious it was left out of the Primary postures in the table, for beginners do you think?

    And no mention of retention in Jois' Yoga Mala either, same reason?

    Satya says there are 25 asana description in yogasanagalu but that they are the same postures as in Yoga makaranda, will be interesting to see if they are described in much the same way and mention retention despite it not being made explicit in the table.

    I've been thinking the same re K and backbends, perhaps the Breath of the Gods movie will have a lost clip of K in kapo : ). Not many back bending postures mentioned in Yoga Makaranda anyway.

    Just flicked through the 1938 movie and there's K in a couple of mild backbends, viparita dandasana for example.

    In the process of taking screenshots of Iyengar in all the different postures, will give us another idea as to the postures K was teaching, many of them that are not in the table.

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  3. Yes, they are slightly different in the Makaranda, for example I think there is mention of retention in janu sirsasana, which is not on the table, but you are right I should do more fine point reading...

    Should be interesting to see what Satya discovers on the description of the 25 poses, yes.

    I saw the mild backbends in that video too, but there is no urdhva dhanurasana or chakra bandhasana... I wonder... also it was not included as part of any series in the beginning, maybe it is just wishfull thinking on my part... hee hee

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  4. Pretty much all the backbends you can think of are in the 1938 B&W film, all done by of course but he would have learned them through Krishnamacharya's school and been asked to do them by K as a demo.theres a section in one of Iyengar's books where he talks about doing all those demos for K. often postures he'd never done before. Have taken a couple of hundred screenshots, going to name all the asana in the movie and make an appendix table.

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  5. hi grimmly. Ramaswmai told me in class today that you, "Tony from the U.K." :) gave him a heads up about me attending. he says hello. we spent a good portion of the afternoon class discussing Krishnamacharya. cheers!

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  6. Here's the link to the the Iyengar book I mentioned Claudia Astadala yogamala(there are around 8 volumes this is the first
    http://tinyurl.com/d7qgd5m
    googlebooks is giving me a a really good preview, have a look at My yogic journey (something like that) at the beginning and then the chapter on Krishnamacharya (third chapter I think).

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  7. Thanks for passing on the hello Anon, hope our enjoying the course/workshop.

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  8. Hi - could you please make this available in an e-book? And available for download. Many thanks

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    1. Available from my free downloads page here http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/free-downloads.html

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