Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I read another chapter in the book about guruji. This time it was Brad Ramsey who told me his story. I can only touch some points.
Now it is official. To practice full vinyasas was the original teaching. Full vinyasa means to start the asanas of the middle parts of the Asthanga series from samastithi, again and again. Samastithi is the starting point. This practice was given up because too many people came to Mysore, India. One had to find a solution to manage these masses of practitioners. The practice had to become shorter to allow more people to practice every day in the morning. To practice half vinyasas was a solution and this surely makes the practice shorter.
This is for me not a reason not to practice full vinyasa when I am alone and when I have plenty of time.
1. Doing full vinyasa feels better!!!!
2. It builds the necessary strength.
This is also why baddha konasana C is omitted (in the CD by Sharath i.e.) and why urdhva dhanursana was added (to make it more demanding to get to second series). One had to manage all these people and one wanted to allow as much people as possible to practice during a limited time. Hundreds of people every day must be organised! Rules are needed, I understand this.
I remember that I was confused in the beginning, when I studied the book "Yoga mala" by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. I already knew that it was considered important to follow exactly the rules of the system, but the yoga mala described the asanas/vinyasa differently than what I was doing. I practiced half vinyasas in classes, means coming to a sitting position again and again.
It feels so good to stretch the body upwards between all these forward bending asanas of the first series.
Try it. Try full vinyasas. Add it bit by bit.
Brad Ramsey also talked about the importance of food, page 57:
" You grow into your diet like you grow into your practice."
It is so true, this practice has the potential to guide the practitioners also in other parts of life.
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