Neo-Yogic Innovation

One of the things that I love about yoga is that it is a living tradition.  The recent popularity of the practice  has  literally drawn thousands of new practitioners and teachers to the discipline. While some have chosen to practice a traditional syllabus of postures,  many of these “neo-yogis” have tweaked and altered more traditional forms by integrating influences from the martial arts, dance and even gymnastics.

While some fret that all of this innovation is causing yoga to lose it’s traditional  flavor, I personally find the process fascinating to observe; while a dead language  such as latin or ancient greek  hasn’t changed in centuries,  yoga asanas continue to adapt and grow in remarkable ways as yoga practitioners themselves continue to practice and evolve.   In fact, the overall growth in the number of postures currently being practiced is staggering…since the time of the MahaSiddha Goraksha, the existing postural corpus has grown from 84 asanas to thousands of interesting and creative options that are enjoyed by and practiced around the world  today.

In developing the PranaVayu syllabus, I’ve chosen to fully embrace this living tradition.  While many of our postures  are drawn from more traditional sources such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the yoga styles of B.K.S. Iyengar and the late Pattabhi Jois, a good number of them are drawn from contemporary yoga innovators such as Andre Sidersky, Andrey Lappa and Shandor Remete.

B.K.S. Iyengar Demonstrating the Triangle

I’ll admit that many of the postures we practice are run of the mill poses like warrior II and the triangle.  However, our syllabus also includes many variations that to my knowledge are rarely practiced in American studios.  Personally, I find these postures incredibly interesting from both a visual and performative perspective.  In the off chance that you will too, I’ll be featuring many of these poses in the blog so that you can check them out for yourself.

If I have been able to determine the source of the posture, I’ll give credit where credit is due by referencing the original “creator” of the yoga pose.

CAVEAT EMPTOR!  Since many of these poses seem to lack “official” English names, I’ll take the occasional liberty and make up a name to make referencing these postures easier.

Want to learn how to do these crazy postures?  Check out our blog posts on our accelerated training methods or get in touch with us to have a personal practice sequence developed.

And so without further ado…

The "Crab" Pose

Original Source:  Andre Sidersky


3 responses to “Neo-Yogic Innovation

  1. nice article yogi!

    i would like to add: sri t krishnamacharya, the grandfather of modern yoga.. one of my teacher’s teacher.. said there are 84 lakhs asana.. one lakh is 100,000.. and it is said that there are 8.4 laks species on this planet.. and one asana for each.. totalling 8,400,000 asana.. krishnamacharya also said that anyone who gives a lesser limit on the number of yogasana is expressing to their limit on yogasana.

    of the 8.4 million asana, swami svatmarama only shares 84 of the most important asana.. he is not sharing all the asana.. that would be a big book!

    i have found that the yoga knowledge in the west is limited.. and the closer i come to the source of knowledge, the more fascinating it becomes!

    thank you for sharing!


  2. sorry.. i meant swami svatmarama points out the 4 most important asana of the 84 asana of goraksha 🙂

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