108 Sūtra Study Pointers 73 – Upekṣā – Cultivating a feeling of holding a distance……

Upekṣā
Cultivating a feeling of holding a distance from
the self-deprecation that can so often accompany
our attempts to improve the quality of our inner life
and old responses to inner tensions and memories.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers 72 – Muditā – Cultivating a feeling of looking……

Muditā
Cultivating a feeling of looking,
from a joyful space in ourselves,
at what we can do well and now,
rather than what we can’t do well or now.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers 71 – Karuṇā – Cultivating a feeling of compassion

Karuṇā
Cultivating a feeling of compassion
towards our bodies and minds,
whatever state we find them in.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers 70 – Maitrī – Cultivating a feeling of friendliness

Maitrī
Cultivating a feeling of friendliness
towards our own attempts,
let alone other’s demands,
to distract ourselves.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 69 – ‘Who’ is that identifies that……

‘Who’ is it that identifies
that we misidentify?
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 18

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 68 – ‘Who’ is that misidentifies?

‘Who’ is it that misidentifies?
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 40 – Yoga offerings include Yoga for Asthma……

Yoga offerings include
– Yoga for Asthma
– Yoga for Bunions
– Yoga for Colds
– Yoga for Digestion
– Yoga for Eyesight
– Yoga for Flexibility
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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 67 – Some Prāṇāyāma Techniques prioritise Length……

Some Prāṇāyāma Techniques prioritise Length.
Other Prāṇāyāma Techniques prioritise Subtlety.
While yet other Prāṇāyāma Techniques prioritise Both.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 50

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 66 – Not taking away that which belongs to somebody else. 

Asteya – non-stealing.
It’s not taking away that
which belongs to somebody else.
Whether Dravya, DharmaKarma, Vidyā.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 37

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108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 29 – Āsana and Prāṇāyāma  are more than just Muscular and Skeletal……

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma  are more than
just Muscular and Skeletal. They deal
with the force behind the movement.
The intelligence which can be as if
blinded by Duḥkha and Avidyā.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 65 – The use of Āsana and Prāṇāyāma is an investigation……

The use of Āsana and Prāṇāyāma is
an investigation of all the 9 obstacles
in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30.
Those things that come between how
we are and how we would like to be.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 64 – Viparyaya is merely an opinion……

Viparyaya is merely an opinion,
convincing in its rightness to exist.
A flight of fancy, posing, as if a truth.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 8

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 60 – The place of learning is in the space between the Āsana.

The place of learning is in the space between the Āsana.
In that Āsana practice is a movie, not a series of pictures.
A marker towards Nirodha is not leaking between Āsana.
Thus containing energetic itches on coming back to stillness.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 39 – Krishnamacharya and Desikachar’s life work focused on the training of students……

All of Krishnamacharya’s and Desikachar’s
life work focused on the training of students,
some of whom then went on to become teachers.
Rather than the reality that pervades Yoga today,
in that the priority is on the training of teachers,
some of whom may go on to became students.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 63 – Avidyā is the illusion of experiencing what feels real……

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Avidyā is the illusion of experiencing
what feels real, as if it is actually true.
However, that we experience a feeling as real,
does not in fact actually mean that it is true.
So how to discern as to whether a feeling
that we experience as real, is really true?
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 59 – Yoga is the performance of a practice……

Yoga is the performance of a practice,
rather than the practice of a performance.
Though these days it appears to be getting
more difficult to distinguish one from the other.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 58 – The purpose of modifying the Form of an Āsana……

The purpose of modifying the Form of an Āsana
is to facilitate access to the Function of an Āsana.
Here the Viniyoga is according to the starting point
and potential within the students approach to practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 57 – Initiating movement of the trunk……

Initiating movement of the trunk,
does not automatically guarantee
initiating movement in the spine.
We need to appreciate the difference
and learn how to prioritise the latter.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 38 – Krishnamacharya and Desikachar’s teaching……

Krishnamacharya and Desikachar’s transmission
sought to preserve specific personal priorities
when transmitting Yoga teachings to others.
For example when teaching youngsters,
the focus was on doing less with more.
However when teaching adults personally,
the focus was on doing more with less.
This would be with regards to Āsana practice,
as well as with regard to the number of Students.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 7 – The journey towards Uḍḍīyana Bandha begins with……

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Mudrā Pointer – 7 – The journey towards Uḍḍīyana Bandha……

The journey towards Uḍḍīyana Bandha
begins with the learning of the
process of active exhalation.

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