108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 64 – There is also the impact of fluctuations in the body…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

3. There is also the impact of fluctuations in
the body’s physical and breathing processes,
on our mental patterns and emotional flows.
Along with the opposite, namely the impact of
our mental patterns and emotional flows on
the body’s physical and breathing processes.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 63 – By combining adaptation along with the idea…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

2. By combining adaptation along with
the idea of using the value of constants,
to better understand the fluctuations
in the peaks and troughs. No practice
is ever the same over a  period of days.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 62 – The question that arises here is how to relate…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

1. The question that arises here is how
to relate the idea of adapting the
practice to the peaks and troughs
of the body, mind and emotions?

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 62 – Supta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana is a lying and apparently relatively simple Āsana…

Supta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana is a lying and apparently
relatively simple Āsana in its external form.

It is described as the fingers and thumbs holding the
big toes of each foot, with the legs extended straight
and held upwards at an angle of 45 degrees with the
spine and head fully in contact with the ground.

In reality, this is literally beyond the reach of most students.
Though, given consistent time and appropriate development
in accessing this Āsana, there is the possibility of deep work.
This is initially felt primarily through the effect on the legs,
Though, given time the primary effect is felt more in the spine.

As a Samāna Āsana, an equal breath would be emphasised with
a Samavṛtti ratio, perhaps incorporating the use of Kumbhaka.
The focus of attention is on the spine, from crown to coccyx,
and is accessed via the breath, which can help support the
student’s effort within the external demands of the Āsana,
such as that more often found within the tightness in the legs.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 176 – Nimitta is seen as the agent for change, as if a farmer…

Nimitta is seen as the agent for change, as if a farmer.
Everything required is there, along with the intelligence.
You just have to find the intelligence to find the intelligence.
So verse 3 talks about the tools, materials and intelligence.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 175 – Powers are different arrangements of what already exists as us…

Powers are different arrangements
of what already exists as us.
The common factor is a redistribution of matter.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 2

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 174 – The fourth book called Kaivalya Pādaḥ reinforces the idea…

The fourth book, called Kaivalya Pādaḥ, reinforces the idea
that whatever happens is actually already existing within us.
It is not something we can or need to acquire from outside
and it reminds us that the mind is the essential tool to help
in the final discernment of what is the unchanging essence.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 173 – Mantra is that which is reflected on…

Mantra is that which is reflected on.
It needs to be received from a reliable source.
In other words from one who has reflected on Mantra
received from a person who has reflected on Mantra.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 109 – These days, is  there any difference between Postures, Bodywork, and Āsana?

These days, given its increasingly
populist context and application,
is there any difference between
Postures, Bodywork, and Āsana?
If so, does it matter
and if so,
why does it matter?

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108 Saṃskṛta Glossary Core Concept Pointers – 5 – Pratyāhāra

A lesser known facet of the Yoga Texts and Freenotes section of the Website is the Romanised Saṃskṛta Core Glossary and Cross Reference Guide. It started life as word by word linked index for the online Yoga Sūtra verses offering a meaning and a cross Sūtra reference resource when exploring related verses.

However, as more Yoga Related Texts were added to the online Database, it was obvious that the glossary needed to include relevant terms from other textual sources that matched or correlated with those in the Yoga Sūtra.

So, the glossary now includes terms from related sources such as the entire Sāṃkhya Kārikā and the Gītārtha Saṃgraha, along with selected verses from the Bhagavad Gītā, and Haṭha Yoga Texts. As we begin 2024 the glossary word count exceeds 1600, though inevitably this will continue to expand.

The core word is shown in Romanised Saṃskṛta  and Devanāgarī script, along with a suggested translation, or alternative options where it holds different meanings within different contexts. These meanings are complemented by cross referencing with Similar, Opposite and Related Concept options around the Core Word.

Also added to these categories are:
– Links to Related Resources & Longer Articles,
– as well as Collated Related Short Posts & Quotes arranged in Textual and Practice listings.

Both offer further insight and are drawn from all the posts involving the Core Word in the Yoga Journal and the Yoga Texts and Freenotes sections of the website. These guidelines will hopefully help the reader navigate and utilise the ever increasing resources within the Glossary.

Meanwhile, as a further study and practice guide, a 108 Saṃskṛta Glossary Word Pointers Series is offered as an invitation into the depth and breadth of this online resource. The highlight words offered within this series are shown below.

108 SAṂSKṚTA CORE CONCEPT POINTERS

3 – ĀSANA
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4 – PRĀṆĀYĀMA
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5 – PRATYĀHĀRA
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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 61 – Vīrabhadrāsana represents the fighting stance of the  warrior…

Vīrabhadrāsana represents the fighting stance of the  warrior
Vīrabhadra, who is said to represent the fierce form of Maṅgala.
He was created by Śiva from a matted lock of his own hair,
in a vengeful response to the death of his wife Satī after
her self-immolation in the sacrificial fire at her father’s Yajña.

It’s a demanding standing position coupled with a backbend in the spine
to give the Āsana its opening energising and strengthening qualities.

 The focus of attention can be brought to the chest and upper back
through its form and the emphasis on the breath, especially the inhalation.

Its role as an expansive, demanding standing Āsana can be
graduated to suit the practice capacity of the student.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 172 – To realise its potential, practice repetition…

“To realise its potential,
practice repetition of
the sacred syllable.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 171 – It’s messenger is the sacred syllable.

It’s messenger is
the sacred syllable.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 27

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 170 – Consciousness is also the teacher for all…

Consciousness is also the teacher for
all previous teachers, because
it transcends time and space.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 26

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 169 – Within consciousness the seed of omniscience is matchless.

“Within consciousness,
the seed of omniscience
is matchless.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 25

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 168 – The immutability of consciousness is transcendent…

“The immutability of consciousness
is transcendent within the cycle of
emotion, outcome, consequence and deposit.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 24

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 12 – According to the teachings of Krishnamacharya…

According to the teachings
of Krishnamacharya,
you must first change the
Manas in order to meditate,
before trying to meditate in
order to change the Citta.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 167 – The self is special in that it is awareness…

“The self is special in
that it is awareness,
untarnished by
afflictions,
actions,
fruits
and seeds.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 24

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108 Yoga Sūtra Key Word Pointers – 14 – Īśvara

The aim of this Series, and its companion page (108 Yoga Sūtra Study Questions), with its Sūtra by Sūtra guided study question within a parallel flow, is to progress through a themed reflective journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

On this page, a word will be listed as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. It will offer an exploration, via a link to the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected quotations and posts, collated from within the website these past 14 years, to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

On the companion page, a question will be proffered as a reflection and inquiry into a single verse. Here each verse in the text will be explored successively, via a link to its translation, word-by-word breakdown and added commentaries collated from the website, again to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

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.

108 YOGA SŪTRA KEY WORD POINTERS – 14

ĪŚVARA

Chapter One verses 23-29

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 60 – Uttānāsana is an intense standing forward bend…

Uttānāsana is an intense standing forward bend.
It is often used to begin a sequence of Āsana.
Its use can improve mobility in the primary joints
and extend muscles, primarily on the back of the body.
Its form respects the movements adapted in daily life.

The use of an intense closing Āsana implies
some cautions in the stretched areas of the body,
such as the lower back, sacrum, hips and legs.

The awareness can be placed on the abdomen
leading to a longer, smoother exhalation and
counterbalancing, with this inner work, the
physical effort required by its dynamic approach.

There are a number of adaptations to support
the student experiencing a feeling of melding
between the energetic flow of the movement
and the depth and stillness of the breath.

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