Saturday, 1 October 2011

Day 1 Vinyasa Krama Subroutine notes : Hasta Vinyasas - On your feet

My plan over the next couple of months is to work through Ramaswami's subroutines from my practice book and then at the end of the month upload some of the notes into an updated edition. By focusing on one particular subroutine, most likely in the evening, I can spend a little more time with it, repeat postures, slow it down, seek steadiness and comfort.

This morning I had a light practice, core vinyasa karma postures. I started with the Hasta Vinyasas in tadasana below from the On your feet sequence then pretty much went straight into a long paschimottanasana. After some table poses as prep I added five and ten minute, shoulder stands and headstands before settling down to some pranayama, pratyaha, 108 jape mantra meditation and a ten minute savasana while listening to Ramaswami's chanting.

Hasta vinyasas is the first subroutine I include in my Vinyasa Yoga Practice Book, it's from the On your feet sequence and is how I start my practice every morning whether I'm practicing Ashtanga or Vinyasa Krama. 

Two things I particularly remember from Ramaswami's TT course in LA

Ramaswami would have us take a moment while standing to focus on our balance, he would have us sway slightly forward and back and to the sides and then have us bring our hips slightly forward, makes such a difference with all the upcoming arm movements.

Raising the hips.
This was one of only two times I remember Ramaswami giving hands on adjustment and encouraging us to give the same to each other. He would have us stand behind each other, put our hands on our partners hips, then as they began the arm movements he would have us lift up their hips, higher and higher as they stretched and then hold the hips up as the arms lowered and then raised again.

This raising of the pelvis, and aiming to keep it raised throughout most of the On your feet sequence has been a important focus of my practice ever since. I raise my pelvis on that long slow inhalation and then when it won't lift any further I try to stretch out of my pelvis altogether and with each movement I try to bring it back up and keep it there. 

This can be a surprisingly intense and focused subroutine.

This lifting out of the pelves gets carried over into other subroutines and sequences, seated and Asymmetric come to mind right from the start in Dandasana (staff pose).

Tomorrow : Parsva-bhangis ( side movements) on your feet 


  1. Looking forward to daily direction. Thanks for amazing effort.

  2. Grimmly, this is amazing again and again. I feel sorry I couldn't follow your practice book postings online, I was so sick was not able to practice at all.
    Now I see my stick figure project absolutely unnecessary.
    Will be following your daily posts.

  3. Looking forward to this project too Sharon, nice focussing on the subroutines in this way.

    Sorry you were sick K, hope your feeling better. Going to be doing another update at the end of the month 3rd edition?

  4. Thank you for this great series I will follow it.

  5. Thank you Nandagopa, glad you like it.

  6. As I was practiced it I noticed that you maybe skipped figure 1-15, 1-16 (from the Vinyasa Yoga book) and changed the order of 1-24, 1-25 with 1-26, 1-27.

  7. thanks for pointing that out Nandagopa, will make a note of it for when i finally get around to re filming them. Made these a couple of years ago stopping every ten minutes to check the book. Think they tend to be close enough and work as a bit of a guide but no replacement for Ramaswami's book.

  8. Yes it is a great guide. Thank you for your help.