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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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 56 – Better to think about Āsana being part of your Yoga practice……

Better to think about Āsana
being part of your Yoga practice.
Rather than your Yoga practice
being part of an Āsana practice.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 62 – Dhāraṇā is the process of ‘holding onto’ the object……

Dhāraṇā is the process of ‘holding onto’ the object.
Dhyānā is the process of ‘linking with’ the object.
Samādhi is the process of ‘integration into’ the object.
Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verses 1-3

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108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 10 – Bhāvana for Locational Breathing in Prāṇāyāma

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Prāṇāyāma Pointer 10 – Bhāvana for Locational Breathing

When beginning and throughout the Pūraka,
draw the spine upwards from the top down.
When beginning and throughout the Recaka,
draw the lower abdomen back towards the spine.

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 26 – Bhāvana when moving or staying in Dvipāda Pīṭham

108 Postural Practice Pointers – 26 – Bhāvana when moving or staying in Dvipāda Pīṭham

When lifting or staying within the Pūraka focus on
drawing upwards, as if raising from the chest,
rather than just raising as if from the hips.
When lowering or staying within the Recaka focus on
not collapsing down, but drawing in from the abdomen,
rather than the body just dropping as if from the hips.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 61 – What we observe is changing……

What we observe is changing,
What we observe with is changing,
Where we observe from is unchanging.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 20

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 60 – Dveṣa is the consequence of Duḥkha……

Dveṣa is the consequence
of Duḥkha from such as,
getting what you are not expecting or,
getting other than what you are expecting.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 8

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 59 – Rāja Yoga is the relationship we have with our thoughts……

Rāja Yoga is the relationship we have with our thoughts,
notably those that afflict, as in knock down or weaken, us.
– Reflection around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 58 – What keeps you away from your self?

What keeps you away from your self?
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 25 – Forward Bending and the Role of the Arms

Postural Pointer 25 – Forward Bending and the Role of the Arms

When moving out of Paścimatāna Āsana such as Uttānāsana.
Focus on the arms bringing the back up.
Rather than the back bringing the arms up.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 57 – The experience known as Sthira Sukha Āsana……

The experience known as Sthira Sukham Āsanam,
described in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46,
arises from melding the mastery of outer stillness in the world,
described as Prayatna Śaithilya, or relaxation of continued effort,
with the mystery of inner openness to the beyond,
described as Ananta Samāpatti, or unity in the infinite.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 47

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108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 28 – What is important is the refinement of one’s practice repertoire……

What is important is the refinement of one’s
practice and study repertoire, rather than
just the enlargement of one’s repertoire,
whether it’s more Āsana, Chants or Texts.
Plus, the more time you spend on enlarging,
the less time you have to spend on refining.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 56 – We experience the world via the conjunction of the ‘eye’ of the Cit……

We experience the world via the conjunction
of the ‘eye’ of the Cit with the ‘I’ of the Citta.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 17

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 55 – Abhyāsa or Practice is the effort to remain within……

Abhyāsa or Practice is,
the effort to remain within
the stillness of the present.
Vairāgya or Dispassion is,
the absence of thirst towards
the dance of the past.
– Reflections around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-15

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 54 – Every step towards observing the play of the mind……

Every step towards observing the play of the mind,
is a step towards observing the ploy of the mind.
– Reflection around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

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108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 9 – Pratiloma Ujjāyī is both an elegant and eloquent Prāṇāyāma technique.

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Prāṇāyāma Pointer 9 – Pratiloma Ujjāyī is both……

Pratiloma Ujjāyī is both an elegant and eloquent Prāṇāyāma technique.

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