Students who are attending 2 weeks may learn the first two sequences.
Students who are attending 4 weeks may learn the first sequence and one other. You will need to choose from 2-4. If you have been attending Online Classes and show you know all four sequences, then you can choose one main sequence per week.
For first time students, I recommend purchasing the book Vinyasa Krama Mandiram from this website (link below), and begin to practice at least the start of Moon Sequence and the Sunshine Sequence (the first half of each) for at least 6 months prior to a course with me. I also recommend attending any online classes that you can. This will best prepare you for the course.
On average it takes 4 years - of committed self-practice 4-5 times per week - to learn all four of these foundation sequences. If you are interested to learn new sequencing, sequencing that has great balance and depth, and are not afraid to let go of what you may already know, then you will get the most out of a course with me.
I enjoy teaching the Vinyasa Krama Intermediate and Advanced sequencing - both Asana and Pranayama systems - to experienced students. But you will have to learn the foundation practices (listed above), before that becomes possible. Like any good system, you have to earn it. Please come to the course with a positive attitude so that you can learn the system from the beginning, and not expect to jump in at the deep end.
For students who do have a stable Intermediate or Advanced (Ashtanga Yoga) practice, it will be possible for you to practice a little of those sequences during the last two weeks of a course with me. However, keep in mind that doing so is a choice, and will limit you from learning some aspects of the VK sequencing thoroughly. Most students are better served just learning Vinyasa Krama during a course with me, and letting go of your prior practices. But that choice will be yours.
During the first years of learning Vinyasa Krama, you are also more than welcome to keep up your Ashtanga practice - or any other system - in between courses with me. However, as you get deeper into the VK method, it will only be practical if you let go of the other methods, as you simply won’t have the time to develop all of it adequately. You will need to make a choice in order to learn one method thoroughly. This includes the layered Pranayama and Meditation practices that I teach, material which is usually lacking in other methods. We aim to enhance all levels of your practice with Vinyasa Krama, rather than focus on only one or two of them.
You can also try the Moon Sequence DVD: www.yogatemple.com/dvds
MEDITATION and PHILOSOPHY
During all courses, all students will begin learning Pranayama Krama Level I and II, and Advaita
Vedanta Self-Enquiry. I would also suggest reading about Advaita Vedanta and learning some of the basics prior to attendance. Please follow the link: www.sriramanamaharshi.org
OPENING and CLOSING CLASSES
Please note, all courses start at 3pm on Saturday afternoon, an introductory meet and greet, orientation and course information. It is critical that all students attend this class, even though it does not involve any asana... Most month long courses will finish on Thursday morning at 1030am, the final morning for self practice. This is to allow students a bit more time to depart and fit in a 30 day visa. However ALL students are expected to attend all classes, and cannot miss the opening and closing sessions, for any reason. Please adjust your flights accordingly.
2 week courses and TTC will tend to finish on the final Friday morning, please check those courses individually.
Most courses have the following Timetable:
Sunday to Friday: 7-10am Pranayama and Asana (self practice)
Sunday to Wednesday: 230-530pm Workshops, Philosophy, and Meditation
Courses are limited to:
30 students (total) for the first 2 weeks,
20 students (total) for the last 2 weeks,
Most courses fill up one year in advance,
so please be prepared to commit in advance.
$900 USD for 2 weeks (50+ hours)
$1200 USD for 4 weeks (100+ hours)
From January 2020 there will no longer be any refunds available for courses.
Although I understand booking and committing one year (or more) in advance is a big deal for some people, it is the nature of my courses. As I limit all courses to 20 students, I am guaranteeing everyone individual attention. My courses are all high in content and quality! So I expect students to be willing and able to make this commitment, both financial and personal, to the teachings I am offering. I do so with ongoing commitment myself - to help, serve and be as beneficial as possible.
There will be some exceptions to the ‘no refund policy’ in the case of hospitalisation, or other significant trauma. Lack of finances, personal trouble, work changes, or other reasons will not be considered.
Once payment is made, you have made a significant commitment. Thank you! However, between 12 months and 3 months prior to course commencement, you can make a transfer to another course. Anywhere within the 3 month commencement period, and you cannot get a refund or transfer.
For example, the May 2021 course next year in Bali - starting May 15th - will have a cut off date for transfers on January 15, 2020. After that date, you cannot get a transfer. For the June 2021 course - starting June 26 - the cut off date for transfers will be Feb 26, 2021. You will need to be aware of these dates, as I will not be reminding everyone...
General Course Information
Hello Dear Student
I am happy to welcome you onto a course with me. I look forward to teaching you and helping you with all levels of your Yoga practice. I will work to adapt and change the Vinyasa Krama sequences to suit your particular constitution. As this is your first course with me I would like you to be aware of the following:
I teach the following foundation sequences to all students:
Chandra Krama, the Moon Sequence - a gentle flowing practice intended as a support to your main practice. This sequence can either be practiced once per week, on the day before new moon or full moon, or whenever you feel tired or needing something a little lighter. You will practice this sequence for the first 3-4 days of the course in order to begin memorising it and learning it in self-practice format. Cheat sheets will also be provided.
Ātapa Krama, the Sunshine Sequence - this practice is modeled off the Primary Series, but rebalanced to include some variations in the standing postures, greater emphasis on lengthening the quadriceps, and an easier, gradual approach to back-bending, including some useful shoulder-openers. Most students will learn this in the first 2-4 weeks of a course - if you know Primary fairly well, it will be easy to learn. Students who need modifications will be supported with a number of posture variations. Cheat sheets will also be provided.
Simha Krama, the Lion Sequence - this one is great for practitioners who already have a fairly stable foundation in Yoga. It combines some useful structural variations in the standing postures, alignment for the side-body, leg strength, shoulder-openers, and a well-developed back-bend routine. Not to mention the enjoyment of roaring like a Lion.
Marjara Krama, Lion Cub - although this sequence derives its essence from Simha Krama, it is unique and incredibly useful, and warrants extra attention. This sequence makes of use of the wall throughout the practice to increase both alignment and better proprioception. In addition this sequence stabilises the lower spine and shoulders. For back therapy this is one of the best sequences you may ever learn.
Vinyasa Krama Mandiram
Yoga and Meditation
Any Body, All Minds, One Self
We have recently finished building Vinyasa Krama Madiram! The Yoga Shala is located in Ubud, Bali, just north of the Arjuna statue in Nagi Banjar. The land is beautiful, perfect for all aspects of Yoga.
At the moment there is no onsite accommodation, but it is relatively easy to find your own. Please check the link and list below. We do provide herbal vegan chai every afternoon during the afternoon classes!
Here are a few photos to look at, enjoy!
LOCATION and ACCOMMODATION
VKM address on google maps.
Here are some nearby hotels, most are along the nearest main road, Jalan Raya Andong
Ubud Luwih Nature Retreat - $40 per night for 30 nights, 5 min walk - best location
Arya Guest House ~$20 per night, decent rooms + pool, 10-15 min walk - BEST CHOICE!
Villa Cilinaya ~$45 per night, small pool, own kitchen, 15-20 min walk
Viceroy / Kamandalu / Elements / Udhiana, Four of the more expensive nearby hotels - only 5-10 min walk away, but if it’s in your budget... :)
Plus try UBUD FB page where you can find many nice and affordable villa, once you join the page.
Remember to check if you need an Indonesian visa in advance. For general entry you can get the standard TOURIST VISA - 30 days. If you are staying longer your need to go to the little booth in the middle of the arrival hall, PAID VISA - approx $50 USD. This one you can extend for 30 days, a small trip to Denpasar, giving you 60 days total.
Please make your own inquiries about the visa requirements applicable to your nationality, it is your responsibility to sort out any extra documentation you may need.
Please check your passport expiry date. You must have six months validity remaining on your passport from the date of your return from Bali.