108 Postural Practice Pointers – 28 – Bhāvana when staying in Ardha Matsyendrāsana

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Postural Practice Pointer 28 – Bhāvana when staying in Ardha Matsyendrāsana

In terms of weight bearing pressure on the front foot and rear hand.
Keep all the toes on the front foot as if nailed to the ground, and the
ground contact weight in the rear fingers, as if as light as a feather.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 77 – From Meditation arises Integration……

From Meditation
arises Integration.
The Splendour of Knowing
Connective Moments of
Containment within the Psyche.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verse 3

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 76 – To hold the Citta for connective moments is Dhāraṇā……

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“To hold the Citta for connective moments is Dhāraṇā.
To be held by the Citta for connective moments is Dhyānam
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verses 1-2

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 62 – We realise the Āsana through the breath……

We realise the Āsana through the breath,
rather than the breath through the Āsana.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 75 – Through Avidyā we see two as if one…….

Through Avidyā we see two as if one.
Through Vidyā we know two is as if one.
Hence before there can be a state of Yoga,
there needs to be a process of Viyoga.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 17

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 61 – There are those who can’t find time for Prāṇāyāma……

There are those who can’t find time
for Prāṇāyāma but don’t make time.
There are those who can’t find time
for Prāṇāyāma but do make time.

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 3 – What is it that Air does not erode……

What is it that:
Air does not erode?
Fire does not burn?
Water does not wet?
Earth does not cover?
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 23

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 9 – Whatever the effect Bahya Kumbhaka has……

Mudrā Pointer 9 – Whatever the effect Bahya Kumbhaka has……

Whatever the effect Bāhya Kumbhaka has, it is
extended by the use of Uḍḍīyāna and Mūla Bandha.
However the total length of the breath is reduced.
Bandha substantially reduces the lengths
of the Pūraka, the Recaka and the Kumbhaka.
Which and by how much depends on the individual.

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 2 – Karma is a force driving us through our memories.

The first Śloka sets the saga on the field of Dharma.
Dharma is how we respond, whatever the situation,
presuming we can sustain our view within the present.
Karma is how we respond, having lost sight of our view,
because it’s become obscured by  the force of our memories.
Then Karma is the force now driving us through our memories.
So, Arjuna’s Dharma becomes obscured because of his Karma.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter One verse 1

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 8 – The Viniyoga of Jihvā Bandha taught that it was to be used……

Mudrā Pointer 8 – The Viniyoga of Jihvā Bandha taught that it was to be used……

Jihvā Bandha, as taught by Krishnamacharya is described as,
‘the big tongue has to turn back and touch the little tongue‘.
The tongue is seen as one of the Ādhāra points in the body.
In that stilling the tongue is a support for fixing the attention.
It is also known in the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā as Nabho Mudrā.
Here it is defined as ‘the keeping of the tongue turned upwards,
wherever you are and in whatever the activity you are engaged’.
The Viniyoga of Jihvā Bandha taught that it was to be used
in most Seated Āsana, with the exception of Seated Twists.
Though not so much in Standing Āsana,
or Backbend Āsana like Matsya Āsana.

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 1 – In the Bhagavad Gītā Karma is defined as a Śodhana Kriyā……

In the Bhagavad Gītā, Karma is defined as a Śodhana Kriyā where,
as actions are performed, they also offer a chance to refine oneself.
Thus, whatever I do and whatever happens is a chance to refine myself.
The Bhāvana here is Ātma Śuddha where all actions are an opportunity
for purification of that which inhibits the expression of our essence.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Five verse 11

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 27 – Bhāvana when working with Vīrabhadrāsana

Postural Practice Pointer 27 – Bhāvana when working with Vīrabhadrāsana

Feet –
Front Leg Focus on Toes Down
Rear Leg Focus on Heel Down

Knees –
Front Knee Bent Forwards
Rear Knee Straightened Backwards

Hips –
Front Leg Hip Lifted Backwards
Rear Leg Hip Lifted Forwards

Shoulders –
Front Leg Shoulder Drawn Back
Rear leg Shoulder Drawn Forward

Spine –
Upper Back and Chest Arching Forwards
Resisting the Lower Back from Bending Backwards

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 74 – Better not to confuse the vehicle with the direction……

This verse is commenting on the attainment of an Āsana as
an appurtenance, or foundation for more subtle practices.
Better not to confuse the vehicle with the direction.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46

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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 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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