108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 70 – In terms of reasons to practice…

In terms of reasons to practice,
reducing the external is not the
same as enhancing the internal.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 69 – Until you have an intimate relationship with the breath…

Until you have an intimate relationship with the breath,
it’s difficult to have an intimate relationship with the spine.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 68 – Some need to direct their Yoga practice at disconnecting from…

Some need to direct their Yoga
practice at disconnecting from.
Whilst others need to direct their
Yoga practice at connecting to.
Some need to direct their Yoga
practice at disconnecting from,
before being able to connect to.
Whilst others need to direct their
practice at connecting to, before
being able to disconnect from.

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Yoga Teaching Reflections on Covid 19-20-21…

Upcoming Yoga Diary Schedule March 2022 – June 2023
– Module One Workshops & Module Two Courses

Here I am, seemingly ensconced in the resplendence of my Cotswold countryside existence. Yet worldwide, I have been witnessing this most complex, convoluted and cataclysmic cycle of Covid chaos with its unpredictable inroads into all aspects of our lives. It is extraordinary how deeply into our everyday lifestyle the impact of this minuscule being has penetrated, whether personally, locally, nationally and transnationally.

I remember the last live workshop I had in my home with a small group of students in March last year. Within it observing how we were becoming increasingly aware of the likely effect of its presence in terms of travel restrictions, et al.

Though from a personal working viewpoint, the travel restrictions meant only a marginal impact on my teaching commitments, given that much of my interaction is online with 121 students worldwide. Hence, my online workshop and course module programme has remained as it was pre-Covid, almost as if there had been no pandemic.

Yet looking back, I realise how little I had foreseen the immanence of its spectre in terms of its ability to penetrate so profoundly into the breadth and depth of all our lives.

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If there is nervous tension, it will hold the Mūla down.

“If there is nervous tension,
it will hold the Mūla down.”
– TKV Desikachar on the Bandha

Pañca Maya – The five aspects of Being Human…

One way it may be helpful to reflect on the relationship between our lives and our practice is through the model of the Pañca Maya or the five aspects of being human. In this instance through reflecting on the notion that influencing the subtler aspects of the Pañca Maya can impact more powerfully on the gross aspect, whereas influencing the gross aspects of the Pañca Maya may well impact less powerfully on the subtler aspects.

“What does reflecting on our relationship with Annamaya reveal?”

For example what happens at the level of the physical body may not impact that strongly on the increasingly subtler aspects of the Pañca Maya such as our energy processes, social conditionings, latent impressions and emotional drives.

“Freedom of movement within the Annamaya does not
presume
 freedom of movement within the Prāṇamaya.”

Whereas what happens at the subtler levels of being, such as the conscious and unconscious stimuli of our external surroundings and internal processes on the latent impressions and emotional drives, can impact very strongly on how our body functions and responds.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 67 – Āsana works from the outside inwards…

Āsana works from
the outside inwards.
Prāṇāyāma works from
the inside outwards.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 108 – Kriyā Yoga is about how to engage with our challenges…

Kriyā Yoga is about how to engage with our challenges,
especially whilst feeling disengaged by them.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

Design a practice with an emphasis on working with arm movements in Bhujaṅgāsana…

Design a practice with an emphasis on working with arm movements in Bhujaṅgāsana as preparation for Dhanurāsana.

The Vinyāsa Krama or planning steps in the practice will be for a total of 60 working breaths.

– It will be based primarily around Āsana, perhaps with Mudrā.
– In this instance, the practice will not include any sitting Prāṇāyāma or Dhyāna.
– In the planning structure, any link Āsana such as Samasthiti, Śavāsana, Vajrāsana, do not count in the breath tally.
– State the intended direction and outcome of the practice in terms of the goal or goals.
– Indicate the primary or crown you are choosing to build the practice around.
– Justify your choice of supporting or compensatory Āsana within the scheme.

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Yoga Practice Planning and Theory Questions – Collected & Collated

Design a Prāṇāyāma practice for yourself to include a crown ratio of 1.1.1.1. in Nāḍī Śodhana

Design a Prāṇāyāma practice for yourself to include:

A crown ratio of 1.1.1.1. in Nāḍī Śodhana

Utilising:
– Combining progressive and transitional Ratios
– Using a Vinyāsa Krama with both steps up to a crown and down
– The number of breaths totalling between 36 and 48

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Yoga Practice Planning and Theory Questions – Collected & Collated

Design a Prāṇāyāma for yourself to include Śītalī, Anuloma Ujjāyī and Nāḍī Śodhana…

Design a Prāṇāyāma practice for yourself to include:

 Śītalī, Anuloma Ujjāyī and Nāḍī Śodhana
Utilising:
– Combining progressive and transitional Ratios
– Using a Vinyāsa Krama with both steps up to a crown and down
– The number of breaths totalling between 36 and 48

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Yoga Practice Planning and Theory Questions – Collected & Collated

Design a Practice for the morning after a heavy meal and late night…

Design a Practice for the morning after a heavy meal and late night

The Vinyāsa Krama or planning steps in the practice will be for a total of 60 working breaths.

– It will be based mainly around Āsana, perhaps with Mudrā and/or Prāṇāyāma.
– In this instance, the practice will not include any sitting Dhyāna.
– In the planning structure, any link Āsana such as Samasthiti, Śavāsana, Vajrāsana, do not count in the breath tally.
– State the intended direction and outcome of the practice in terms of the goal or goals.
– Indicate the primary or crown you are choosing to build the practice around.
– Justify your choice of supporting or compensatory Āsana within the scheme.

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Yoga Practice Planning and Theory Questions – Collected & Collated

Design an evening Practice before going out (as if) to teach Yoga…

Design an evening Practice before going out (as if) to teach Yoga

The Vinyāsa Krama or planning steps in the practice will be for a total of 60 working breaths.

– It will be based mainly around Āsana, perhaps with Mudrā and/or Prāṇāyāma.
– In this instance, the practice will not include any sitting Dhyāna.
– In the planning structure, any link Āsana such as Samasthiti, Śavāsana, Vajrāsana, do not count in the breath tally.
– State the intended direction and outcome of the practice in terms of the goal or goals.
– Indicate the primary or crown you are choosing to build the practice around.
– Justify your choice of supporting or compensatory Āsana within the scheme.

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Yoga Practice Planning and Theory Questions – Collected & Collated

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 107 – The safest place for the mind is in the past.

samskara

The safest place for the mind is in the past.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 27

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

When there is Śraddhā the person is not disappointed…

sraddha

“When there is Śraddhā, the person is not
disappointed on failing to get immediate benefits.
They are sure that it is only a question of time
and so the failures on the path do not
reduce their enthusiasm or their efforts.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

Śraddhā is the source of motivation.

sraddha

Śraddhā is the source of motivation.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Collated Quotes Chapter One verses 1-4

“The original essence of the Yoga Sūtra
was passed on by oral tradition.
First you learn the rhythm of the Sūtra.
This was in Saṃskṛta,
first learning the words or Sūtra, then the meanings.
By learning to recite the Sūtra perfectly it was clear
that you were earnest in wanting to learn their meanings.
The scheme would be to repeat it twice,
in exactly the same tone used by the teacher.
This would take many years.
Thus these days it’s difficult to expect to
understand the Sūtra from a book or a course.”

Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter One – Samādhi Pādaḥ

“The beauty of the Sūtra is that they are only related to the mind.
Thus they stand above various religions
and can be studied and related to by
all types of persons from all types of religions.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One

Annotated through Ten Themed Sections

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When we act unconsciously we go back into the past.

“When we act unconsciously
we go back into the past.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 27

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 106 – Hāna is the giving up of the reliance on Asmitā…

Hāna is the giving up
of the reliance on Asmitā
being perceived as if
the heart of one’s self.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 25

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 66 – Refining the relationship with mid-range movement…

Refining the relationship with mid-range movement,
refines the relationship with the spine.

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A Rendition of Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapters One to Four

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapters One to Four

Samādhi Sādhana Vibhūti Kaivalya Pādaḥ

Offered here, as both a UK and US version PDF, is a verse by verse rendition for all four chapters of the Yoga Sūtra, each with the Romanised Saṃskṛta. Each verse is rendered more from a literal viewpoint, rather than a liberal viewpoint. This is a choice of approach whereby the aim is to stay closer to the style of composition utilised by Patañjali with its grammatical terseness outweighing communicative fluidity.

Readers wishing to complement this more literal approach with a more liberal interpretation can visit Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra where you can find a freedom of expression in terms of choice of rendering to facilitate a more free-form thread for the reader.

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108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 29 – Is the direction of our practice…

Is the direction of our practice
more concerned with self-interest or is
it more concerned with an interest in the Self?

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 105 – That’s our starting point…

That’s our starting point…
This curious conjunction
of being Human and
yet human Being.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 28 – Rakṣaṇa Krama is  a proactive process…

Rakṣaṇa Krama is  a proactive process
in the intention to engage in how you
you support an absence of symptoms.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 104 – More usually the past dominates the present…

More usually the past dominates the present.
Through Yoga Sādhana we work towards
the present dominating the past.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra