108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 8 – Yoga Dhyānam is the art of settling the mind within the heartspace.

“Yoga Dhyānam is the art
of settling the mind
within the heart space.”

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 117 – What is it that you are ready to give up?

“What is it you are ready to give up?”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 35

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 116 – In introducing the various Upāya offered within…

“In introducing the various Upāya offered within
verses 20 to 39 in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One,
Krishnamacharya talks about Das Upāya,
of which two are Śodhanam Sādhana
and eight are Śamanam Sādhana.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 20-39

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 80 – Prāṇāyāma is regarded as a Tapas…

Prāṇāyāma is regarded as a Tapas,
a Kriyā, which cleanses the Nāḍī.
It is a Sādhana which sharpens Agni
and helps to dissolve obstacles, thus
making the mind fit for attention.

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108 Yoga Sūtra Study Question Pointers – 2 – What does the word Nirodha signify for you

Chapter One Samādhi Pādaḥ verse 2

yogaḥ citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ |

In Sūtra 1.2 what does the word Nirodha signify for you
in terms of choosing both what to keep in and to keep out?

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108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 12 – Controlling the Nostrils with Mṛgi Mudrā in Nāḍī Śodhana

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Prāṇāyāma Pointer 12 – Bhāvana for the fingers within Mṛgi Mudrā in Nāḍī Śodhana

One aspect in the refinement of Nāḍī Śodhana
is an almost undetectable deftness within
the finger movement when using Mṛgi Mudrā,
whilst keeping them permanently on the nostrils.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 115 – How to deal with the conundrum that we are thinking or feeling we are changing…

How to relate with the inner conundrum that we are
thinking or feeling we are changing every 5 minutes.
Yet, from within that seeming flux we can observe that
we are only appearing to be changing every 5 minutes.
This implies that there is something else, not obvious,
yet constantly abiding within our psychic fluctuations.
Yoga offers a journey towards a direct experience of that
which perceives within our coalesced sense of “I” Am-ness.
In other words, how to be with that we call awareness or
the observer within the seeming seduction of the observed,
given that both mind and senses are part of the observed?
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 79 – What constitutes lazy Adhyayanam practice?

What constitutes lazy Adhyayanam practice?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 78 – What constitutes lazy Dhyāna practice?

What constitutes lazy Dhyāna practice?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 77 – What constitutes lazy Prāṇāyāma practice?

What constitutes lazy Prāṇāyāma practice?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 76 – What constitutes lazy Mudrā practice?

What constitutes lazy Mudrā practice?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 75 – What constitutes lazy Āsana practice?

What constitutes lazy Āsana practice?

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108 Yoga Sūtra Study Question Pointers – 1 – What does the word Atha symbolise for you

Chapter One Samādhi Pādaḥ verse 1

atha yoga-anu-śāsanam |

In Sūtra 1.1 what does the word Atha symbolise for you
in relation to your moment to moment choices?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 74 – The more you bend the spine..

The more you bend the spine
the less you arch the spine.
The more you arch the spine
the less you bend the spine.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 114 – It is intriguing, or even at times beguiling, in how we choose to relate to the nine interventions

It is intriguing, or even at times beguiling, in what
choices we make in relation to the nine interventions
elegantly presented in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30.
In other words what ploys do we deploy and employ
with regard to at least living intelligently within,
even if unable to transform at this point in time,
with what appears as if a distraction between how
we feel we are and how we feel we would like to be.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 113 – Yoga is not just about engaging…

Yoga is not just about engaging with
the overt nature of the  symptoms,
but also engaging with the
covert cause of the symptoms.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 24

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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

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 111 – Pratyāhāra is a process that encourages us…

Pratyāhāra is a process that encourages us
to explore the means by which we can learn
to step out of the flow of the river of the senses.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

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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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