1) Is Vinyasa Krama Yoga a new ‘brand’ of Yoga?
No. Vinyasa Krama Yoga is an ancient practice restored to prominence by Krishnamacharya.
Vinyasa Krama describes the art and science of combining the elements of Yoga in a sequence that makes an effective and safe practice.
2) What is the difference between Viniyoga and Vinyasa Krama Yoga?
Vinyasa Krama Yoga contains the entire scope of Yoga practices and methods. Viniyoga is the appropriate application of Yoga methods to the individual student.
Vinyasa Krama is the science and the tools, Viniyoga is the application to the unique, individual situation.
This is based in the Vedic approach embodied in Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish (astrology) where an individual and integrated approach is required. These sciences are applied as a personal practice after a consultation with a teacher.
3) Are Harmony Yoga trainings accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga?
Our courses are not accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). This decision was taken because the BWY have their own eclectic approach to teaching which is not in alignment with the Vinyasa Krama approach to Yoga and we wish to present Vinyasa Krama Yoga in its purest form.
Some people are under the impression that they must have a BWY Diploma to be able to teach in the UK. We trust the following points will clarify this situation.
i) There is no statutory regulation of Yoga in the UK and none has been recommended by the UK government. It was suggested in a government review that Yoga Therapy have Voluntary Self Regulation and I believe that the British Council for Yoga Therapy have formed with this in mind. As the title suggests this is voluntary and not statutory. Neither BWY, nor any other body, have legal rights to regulate Yoga in the UK.
ii) The BWY ‘governing body’ title is a Sport England award and refers only to their status with Sport England. Sports are allowed a number of governing bodies, it is not an exclusive title.
Harmony Yoga do not present Yoga in the context of a ‘sporting’ activity. Yoga is a unique life philosophy and even the asana part is radically different from any western exercise or sport approach.
iii) The BWY have no authority to monitor Yoga in the UK and is not a British authority on Yoga teaching or practice.
Harmony Yoga’s course has been designed based on the unique approach of the ancient Vedic sciences as received from authentic sources. The modern Yoga scene, while in many cases following authentic teachings, is awash with discordant teachings propounded under the banner of Yoga.