108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 15 – When intending to use  Uḍḍīyana Bandha don’t hold the stomach…

When intending to use  Uḍḍīyana Bandha don’t
hold the stomach area tensely just after inhaling,
or if using Antar Kumbhaka, just before exhaling.
In choosing working ratios concentrate on those
emphasising the exhale and the Bāhya Kumbhaka.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 14 – Allow time for the Uḍḍīyana Bandha…

Allow time for the Uḍḍīyana Bandha.
Don’t hurry the act of lifting otherwise
the quality of the Uḍḍīyana will suffer.
Keep the shoulders down and relaxed.
Keep the arms straight with active hands.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 13 – When working with the inhale in Mahāmudrā…

When working with the inhale in Mahāmudrā try
to create an effect of upward movement in the spine,
as if within Bhujaṅgāsana inhaling from the top down,
whilst arching the spine upwards through the inhale.
So straightening the spine lifting the chest upwards,
whilst keeping the Jālandhara Bandha locked down.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 12 – In the search for stability amidst striving in Mahāmudrā.

In the quest for stability amidst striving in Mahāmudrā.
Do not lose the seat at the expense of holding the foot.
So hold the ankle or shin, or bend the knee slightly.
This will allow the seat to be firm and the spine to work.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 7 – There are special times when we need to disconnect…

There are special times
when we need to disconnect
from the sensory external in order
to connect with the psychic internal.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 11 – Jālandhara Bandha needs to be in place before…

Jālandhara Bandha needs to be in place before
interacting with the breath and the spine
through mid-range movement.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 112 – Within the sense of “I” Am-ness…

“Within the sense of “I” Am-ness,
the I-ness is Prakṛti and
the Am-ness is Puruṣa.
The illusion is the sense of as if Oneness.”
– 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 – 30 – The heart of Yoga lies in cultivating…

The heart of Yoga lies in cultivating
a connection strategy rather than
cultivating just a coping strategy.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 110 – Pratyāhāra is the absence of a link…

pratyahara

Pratyāhāra is the absence of a link
from the mind with the senses,
rather than the absence of a link
from the senses with the mind.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 109 – Our actions reveal our intentions.

karma

Our actions reveal our intentions.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 14

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 73 – The more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna…

The more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna,
the more you can experience the work in the upper back.
The more you can experience the work in the upper back,
the more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna.

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 7 – Jñāna Yoga or the Yoga of knowing

jnana

Jñāna Yoga – The Yoga of Knowing
Or linking to that we need to understand
to help refine the outcome of our actions.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 6 – One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us with the challenge……

One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us
with the challenge of discerning between
what is our Karma and what is our Dharma.
Firstly by appreciating what is and what isn’t Karma.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 41 – You apply therapeutics through Cikitsā…

You apply therapeutics through Cikitsā,
but not protection or preservation.
This is the role of Rakṣaṇa.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 72 – Remain between the sides  for at least one long breath…

Remain between the two sides
for at least one long breath,
in order to savour the taste
inherent within this space.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 10 – Which Āsana support the principle of Mūla Bandha?

Which Āsana support the
principle of Mūla Bandha?
To stop the Mūla dropping,
as in Paścimatāna drawing
the Mūla towards Maṇipūra.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 71 – 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 – 70 – 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 – 69 – 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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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 68 – 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

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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

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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

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 67 – Refining the relationship with mid-range movement…

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

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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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