108 Postural Practice Pointers – 30 – Bhāvana on the transition from Standing Āsana to Lying Āsana

Postural Practice Pointer 30 – Bhāvana on the transition from Standing Āsana to Lying Āsana

In terms of the transition within
a Vinyāsa Krama from standing
Āsana to lying Āsana and beyond.
Choose not to lie down for  Śavāsana
until you feel you don’t need to lie down.

Link to Series: 108 Postural Practice Pointers

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Question Pointers – 4 – what are the fluctuations that we personally most often conform to?

Chapter One Samādhi Pādaḥ verse 4

vṛtti-sārūpyam-itaratra |

In Sūtra 1.4 what are the fluctuations that
we personally most often conform to?

To Download or View this Question as a PDF Study Sheet

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Questions – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 16 – Jālandhara Bandha needs to be re-applied…

Jālandhara Bandha needs to be re-applied
every time during the Bāhya Kumbhaka,
prior to the Pūraka re-inforcing the lock.

Link to Series: 108 Mudrā Practice Pointers

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Question Pointers – 3 – How would you describe the word Avasthāna…

Chapter One Samādhi Pādaḥ verse 3

tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe-avasthānam |

In Sūtra 1.3 how would you portray the word Avasthāna
to a person with little understanding of Yoga?

To Download or View this Question as a PDF Study Sheet

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Questions – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 5 – Pramāṇa

The aim of this Series is to progress through a themed journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

Here, a single word will be presented as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. Each word offers an exploration, via the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected quotations and related posts, collated from within the website these past 10 years or so.

My wish is to offer an insight into the spectrum of Yoga teachings received from T Krishnamacharya mainly via TKV Desikachar, in terms of both breadth and depth.

Each post will be merely a single word as a marker for connected verses, with a glossary link to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 5

PRAMĀṆA

Chapter One verse 7

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 125 – In our journey towards foresight…

In our journey towards foresight
lies the quandary of whether we can
grasp our past sufferings positively,
or be negatively held within their clasp.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 16

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

My belief in Yoga is not dependant on a belief in God…

“My belief in Yoga is not
dependant on a belief in God,
whereas in Vedānta it is.”
– TKV Desikachar Introduction
to the Taittirīya Upaniṣad 2001

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 4 – Vṛtti

The aim of this Series is to progress through a themed journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

Here, a single word will be presented as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. Each word offers an exploration, via the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected quotations and related posts, collated from within the website these past 10 years or so.

My wish is to offer an insight into the spectrum of Yoga teachings received from T Krishnamacharya mainly via TKV Desikachar, in terms of both breadth and depth.

Each post will be merely a single word as a marker for connected verses, with a glossary link to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 4

VṚTTI

Chapter One verses 4-6

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 124 – Moha is the delusion of expressing what is an opinion as if…

Moha is a state of delusion, such as expressing
what is merely a self-opinion as if it is a reality.
Because expressing an opinion as if it’s a reality,
does not in fact actually mean that it will be true.
So how can we discern as to whether an opinion
that we experience as if a reality, is really true?
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 34

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

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 3 – Draṣṭṛ

The aim of this Series is to progress through a themed journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

Here, a single word will be presented as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. Each word offers an exploration, via the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected quotations and related posts, collated from within the website these past 10 years or so.

My wish is to offer an insight into the spectrum of Yoga teachings received from T Krishnamacharya mainly via TKV Desikachar, in terms of both breadth and depth.

Each post will be merely a single word as a marker for connected verses, with a glossary link to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 3

DRAṢṬṚ

Chapter One verse 3

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 2 – Citta

The aim of this Series is to progress through a themed journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

Here, a single word will be presented as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. Each word offers an exploration, via the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected quotations and related posts, collated from within the website these past 10 years or so.

My wish is to offer an insight into the spectrum of Yoga teachings received from T Krishnamacharya mainly via TKV Desikachar, in terms of both breadth and depth.

Each post will be merely a single word as a marker for connected verses, with a glossary link to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 2

CITTA

Chapter One verse 2

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 1 – Atha

The aim of this Series is to progress through a themed journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

Here, a single word will be presented as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. Each word offers an exploration, via the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected quotations and related posts, collated from within the website these past 10 years or so.

My wish is to offer an insight into the spectrum of Yoga teachings received from T Krishnamacharya mainly via TKV Desikachar, in terms of both breadth and depth.

Each post will be merely a single word as a marker for connected verses, with a glossary link to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 1

ATHA

Chapter One verse 1

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 31 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Yoga Sūtra…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Yoga Sūtra
rather than expecting the Yoga Sūtra
to bring life to you.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Study Path Pointers

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 88 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Mantra…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Mantra
rather than expecting the Mantra
to bring life to you.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 87 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Dhyāna…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Dhyāna
rather than expecting the Dhyāna
to bring life to you.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 86 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Prāṇāyāma…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Prāṇāyāma
rather than expecting the Prāṇāyāma
to bring life to you.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 85 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Mudrā…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Mudrā
rather than expecting the Mudrā
to bring life to you.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 84 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life..

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Āsana
rather than expecting the Āsana
to bring life to you.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 83 – The role of Sādhana such as Mudrā, Mantra and Nyāsa…

The role of Sādhana such
as MudrāMantra and Nyāsa,
are to take one beyond Duḥkha,
rather than take one out of Vikṣepa.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 123 – Where there is the sense of “I am”…

Where there is the sense of “I am“,
so there is the power of awareness,
or where there is the power of seeing,
so there is the power of the seer.
Such is the essence of our nature.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6

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

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 122 – The Antarāya are presented as a guide through life’s distractions…

The Antarāya are presented
as a guide through life’s distractions,
rather than a rationale for life’s obstacles.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30

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

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 82 – The art of Viniyoga is being concerned with what happens…

The art of Viniyoga is being concerned with what
happens during the movements between the Āsana
rather than just the movements during the Āsana.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

Collected Āsana Practice Planning Questions – as of November 2021…

– Collected Āsana Practice Planning Questions

I am collating a number of individual practice planning questions posted previously around Āsana as an illustration of the principles of Vinyāsa Krama.

They are presented here collectively to invite attention to the wide-ranging possibilities that existed in the teachings of TKV Desikachar in the field of working with a variety of Āsana, in terms of exploring this particular aspect of Yoga practice, through emphasising either breadth or depth.

read more

Design an Āsana practice to move towards being able to work dynamically in Ūrdhva Prasṛta Pādāsana

Design an Āsana practice to move towards being able to work dynamically 8 times in Ūrdhva Prasṛta Pādāsana.

The Vinyāsa Krama or planning steps in the practice will be for a total of 50 working breaths.

– It will be based primarily around Āsana.
– In this instance, the practice will not include any sitting MudrāPrāṇāyāma or Dhyāna.
– In the planning structure, any link Āsana such as Samasthiti, Śavāsana, Vajrāsana,
do not count in the breath tally.
– State the intended developmental path of the practice.
– Consider the primary Āsana you are choosing to build the practice with.
– Justify your choice of supporting or compensatory Āsana within the scheme.

To Download or View this Question as a PDF Study Sheet

Yoga Practice Planning and Theory Questions – Collected & Collated

Remembering dear friends within the passage of life and death…

This morning heralded a poignant marker with the passing of one of my dearest friends, long term student and host for my many visits to Israel over the past 25 years.

It was in 1996 when our paths crossed, whilst I was teaching at the European Union of Yoga annual conference in Switzerland. Ziva was there as part of her role as chair of the Israeli Yoga Teachers Association. A chance meeting which quickly forged a friendship, leading to my visiting Israel to teach a retreat around ‘Prāṇa, Practice & Patañjali’, curiously beginning on what is known in England as Boxing Day.

Such was my initiation into the culture, customs and practices within both Israeli and Jewish lifestyles. This beginning extended and deepened over the next two decades with over 20 teaching visits, during which I was hosted in Ziva’s home and shared personal time with her and her children, eventually growing through the generations to include their children.

Here, my fondest wishes and condolences reach across the world to her family in these difficult moments.

Our last years of contact have been spent studying the Bhagavad Gītā together verse by verse, chapter by chapter and having recently reached the final chapter, I would like to offer a verse which reminds me of Ziva’s qualities.

“Absorbed in the highest,
one whose soul is serene
does not mourn, nor do they desire.
The same amongst all beings,
one attains the highest devotion.”
– Bhagavad Gītā 18.54