Photo: Benoit Paille

Photo: Benoit Paille

"Yoga is a word freighted with definitions (…) Perhaps the most important have to do with the ideas of “progression” and “new.” This is the ancient meaning: “To move from one situation to another; to understand what I have not understood; to gain that which I lack.”

The movement is in itself Yoga. Like all journeys, there must be three stages: (1) The place where we begin, (2) the choosing of our destination, and (3) the effort to arrive. It is not an easy journey. Difficulties, frustrations, and disappointments will arise. We are likely to falter. That is why it must be a movement of continuous effort and gradual progression. Always, it is movement into the new, into the previously unknown and unexperienced." 

― T.K.V. Desikachar in Health, Healing, and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya

We open the year with a now-ness flow. Yoga is moving from one situation to another, into the previously unknown, the new now-ness of the present moment. Choosing a starting point, how to proceed along the journey, and arrival at a chosen destination are intrinsic to the art of vinyasa krama. This progression overflows with opening breathwork, a strong standing sequence for strong legs, and an inversion practice to remain in the now, now and now.