|legs together jump through|
|legs together jump through|
In Vinyasa Krama the vinyasa that take you from standing to an asana and back again are often not present, perhaps reserved for the beginning and end of a sequence or subroutine. However asking Ramaswami about this, he mentioned that these vinyasas, the vinyasa count, was always implied in each and every asana whether it was included or not.
In the early days when Krishnamacharya was teaching the young boys of the Mysore palace each and every transition (the jumping as Iyengar called it) seems to have been present present. Later, teaching individually and often older students and/or perhaps at the beginning of their asana education when they perhaps less fit, less of the 'jumping to and from asana was included, it depended it seems on the student and the pedagogic situation. It should be noted that even back in Mysore in the 30s Krishnamacharya had other students visiting him on a one to one basis. Pattabhi Jois one of his young assistants at the time might take the younger boys through their practice in the main shala while Krishnamacharya was in a side room giving an individual practice to a student or patient. In the 1938 video we see Iyengar practicng a more Ashtanga style while Krishnamacharya demonstrates the head and shoulderstand sequences that we find in Vinyasa Krama.
Here is a demonstration by Lara Abiesheikh outside the original KYM ( Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram) building, Lara was an asana teacher there as was Ramaswami. Here we can see the vinyasa often to and from standing. Lara also shows us the legs together jump through that Ramaswami presents in his book, very hard. Also kapotasana with the legs together, terrifying as there is such a narrow base.
|knees and heels together kapotasana|
Watching the videos below I'm more reminded of the Iyengar section of the old 1938 Mysore demonstration, we need to remember that originally for Krishnamacharya the asana were not ordered into a fixed long sequence although there clearly seem to have been groups of asana that would progress one to the other, a subroutine.
When we look at the asana table in Krishnamacharya 1941 Mysore book Yogasanagalu, written while Pattabhi Jois was his student, we see the asana listed pretty much in the same order that Pattabhi Jois was later to present them in Ashtanga vinyasa. But in Krishnamacharya it seems to have been more flexible, different subroutines presented on different days and as in the demonstrations below, as a student progressed the more challenging asana seem likely to have been added to the subroutine; so as the hips began to open the leg behind head postures might be added on to janu sirsasana just as Krishnamacharya was to teach them to Ramaswami many years later. I might note here that in Krishnamacharya's 1941 list marichiyasana B and D are listed under Intermediate asana ( which makes sense).
from the Youtube video info
Mr.A.F. Lara Abiesheikh is an exponent of yoga, having practised the entire array of asanas and pranayama techniques since the age of fourteen. He learnt at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, where he continued to teach for nearly eight years. His quest for perfection propelled him to further seek guidance from other senior and popular teachers in the field of Yoga. His unflinching vigour and steady commitment has made him the embodiment of excellence in asana postures, prana kriya and pranayama. His dedication to practice has earned him the rare distinction of modeling for reputed yoga books of international standard. In fact, his mastery of the techniques of pranayama is such that he can voluntarily stop his own heart beat (pulse) for more than 20 seconds.