“The Vinyasa Count, how did the Vinyasa Count come to mainstream Ashtanga?”
“So what happened… In the early days of practice at the Lakshmipuram Shala (the original Mysore Self-Practice), we didn’t know what Guruji was saying or meaning when he directed to us “Catvari!“. We thought “Catvari” meant ‘jump back’, because Guruji would say “catvari – jump back”. So we took that translation as ‘jump back’. We took ‘Panca’ as upward facing dog. We took ‘Sat’ as downward facing dog, ‘sapta’ as jump through – We thought ‘Sapta’ meant jump through!
It took us to Wake UP! To begin listening! To realise Guruji was actually counting in Sanskrit -4,5,6,7.
So it took a little student research to start the enquiry into Vinyasa. What did vinyasa actually mean.
Guruji called vinyasa “Counted Method” .
When my good friend Lino Miele was in France and witnessed Guruji counting the whole class through as One, he saw it all come together, and he took this counting on as a research project to document the Vinyasa. Lucy and I became involved with Lino’s project and became very much part of Lino’s book. From that point onwards I made it my focus to learn Guruji’s Vinyasa Count.
In Guruji’s own book ‘Yoga Mala’ referring to the practice as a mala, a garland of postures, he refers to every posture having a ‘State’ and every state or ‘Asana’ has a specific number of counted vinyasa to enter and exit all choreographed to the Breath.
“The Vinyasa are all like beads, Choreographed breath/body movements, all to be counted and meditated on and it is the students requirement to learn this Counted method as a mantra for their own personal practice
John Scott, Winter, 2013