Vinyasa Krama Yoga
Playful, Versatile, Creative
Mindful, Focused, Consistent
The 5 Vinyasa Krama Sequences have been developed by Matthew Sweeney to complement the traditional Ashtanga sequences. They can be practiced alongside Ashtanga or as your main practice. Tiffany has been certified by Matthew to teach the first two sequences, Chandra Krama (Moon Sequence) & Sima Krama (Lion Sequence).
"In my opinion all long term Yoga practitioners need to be doing at least either two or three sequences in their regular weekly routine. These three sequences should cover all major areas of the physical body and at least touch on some of the areas of the subtle body and mind. It does not matter what or where these sequences come from. It matters that they work for you." Matthew Sweeney
Chandra Krama - The Moon Sequence:
A more gentle, flowing sequence designed as a balance to the demands of the Surya based Ashtanga practices.
The Moon Sequence takes pressure off the shoulders and upper body (evidence of the Rajasic elements of the Ashtanga practice) particularly for students who work too much, or too soon on the jump throughs and jump backs. It places more emphasis on the lower body, the hips, and a soft and stable abdomen.
For women, the need for a sequence that is focused on menstruation, ovulation and the phases of the moon is absolutely necessary. Regular practice of Chandra Krama will encourage your intuitive faculty & help women tune in & become more aware of their own cycles.
It is not intended to entirely replace your Ashtanga practice, rather to enhance and balance your weekly routine. Regular practice of the Moon Sequence supports the traditional practice & is suitable for all levels including those recovering from injuries.
Simha Krama- Lion Sequence:
The Lion Sequence, although therapeutic in some areas, is also an Intermediate level practice, which means establishing your basic Primary level Asana and stability first. There are two pre-requisites to learning this sequence - learning and committing to the Moon Sequence first, and in most cases learning some or all of the Primary Series. If the latter proves inappropriate it is not a necessity. A student is taught Simha Krama if the Ashtanga Intermediate Series is too hard or simply inappropriate, particularly when more than a few of the postures are not possible.
It is also a great support sequence to those who are working through Intermediate.
Simha Krama emphasizes the hips & lower back in a particular way. By focusing on leg & abdominal strength the hips are opened & the lower back supported. This sequence can be useful for such conditions as sciatica & other lower back issues associated with forward bending. The shoulder opening aspect of Lion is a useful tool for opening the upper back in preparation for deeper back bends. This section of the sequence can also be practiced independently & was extremely beneficial part of my own recovery from a shoulder injury.