Vinyasa Krama Yoga is an ancient practice of physical and spiritual development. Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that refers to a variation of movement and postures. The prefix vi, means variation and the suffix nyasa means “within prescribed parameters”. Krama is Sanskrit for methodology or sequence. Vinyasa Krama Yoga integrates mind, body, and breath through sequences of yogasanas and their many variations. Each variation is linked to the next by a flowing succession of transitional movements synchronized with slow, smooth, deliberate ujjayi (throat) yogic breathing. This produces a harmonizing and unifying effect between the mind, body and movement leading to heightened awareness and refined levels of concentration as preparation for pranayama and meditation.
(The above paraphrased from Srivatsa Ramaswami's book, The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga)
Loyola Marymount University offers a Yoga Alliance® Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) certificate program taught by Srivatsa Ramaswami, one of Sri T. Krishnamacharya’s longest-standing students. Srivatsa Ramaswami is the author of Yoga for the Three Stages of Life and The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga, and co-author of Yoga Beneath the Surface and privately studied with Sri Krishnamacharya for over 30 years.
The 200 Hour Vinyasa Krama Yoga Teacher Training Program offers Yoga students aspiring to become registered teachers a solid curriculum in traditional yoga studies that fulfills the 200 Hour Standards for Yoga Alliance® registration as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®). The subjects include:
1. Vinyasakrama Yogasanas (60 hours)
2. Visesha Vinyasas (20 hours)
3. Pranayama (20 hours)
4. Mantras and Meditation (20 hours)
5. Sri Krishnamacharya's Works (20 hours)
6. Yoga Sutras (20 hours).
7. Yoga for Internal Organs (10 hours)
8. Yoga Business and Teaching Methodology (10 hours)
9. Anatomy and Physiology (10 hours)
10. Subtle Anatomy and Chanting (10 hours)
Total: 200 hours
Over 700 yogasana (yoga posture) variations are explored in the 200-Hour program.