108 Teaching Path Pointers – 26 – It is ironic when a collective term used to describe an approach……

It is ironic when a collective term used to describe
an approach to teaching an individual,
becomes an individual term used to describe
an approach to teaching a collective.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 25 – The commercialised in-Corporation of Viniyoga……

The Commercialised in-Corporation of Viniyoga
is in danger of becoming a parody of
the Personalised incorporation of viniyoga.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 24 – A sign of a maturing in our relationship with a 121 Yoga Teacher is……

In the novice phase of our relationship with a 121 Yoga Teacher,
it’s not so much about what we bring to the Lesson,
it’s more about what we take away from the Lesson.

A sign of a maturing in our relationship with a 121 Yoga Teacher,
is that we accept more responsibility for what we bring to the Lesson,
being a determining factor in what we take away from the Lesson.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 23 – In the novice phase of our relationship with a Yoga Class……..

In the novice phase of our relationship with a Yoga Class,
it’s not so much about what we bring to the Class,
it’s more about what we take away from the Class.

A sign of a maturing in our relationship with a Yoga Class,
is that we accept more responsibility for what we bring to the Class,
being a determining factor in what we take away from the Class.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 22 – As a Yoga Teacher we need to ensure that our personal Yoga Practice…..

As a Yoga Teacher we need to ensure that our personal Yoga Practice
doesn’t become a repetition of, or rehearsal for, our Yoga Teaching plans.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 21 – Our Yoga Teaching needs to be an appurtenance to our Yoga Practice.

Our Yoga Teaching needs to be an appurtenance to our Yoga Practice.
Rather than our Yoga Practice being an appurtenance to our Yoga Teaching.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 20 – Five Musings around Śīrṣāsana……

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Five questions my teacher taught me that need to be ‘posed’,
for or to any student wishing to practice Śīrṣāsana,
or even for and to any teacher wishing to teach Śīrṣāsana,
whatever the situation.

1. Who is going to practice it?
2. Why do they wish to use it?
3. When are they going to practice it?
4. How are they going to get in and out of it?
5. What do they need to have done to verify their capability?

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 19 – Some people use Yoga to move away from something undesirable……

Some people use Yoga (or even training for a career as a Yoga Teacher),
to move away from something undesirable for, or in their lives (Abhāva).
Others use Yoga to move towards something desirable (Bhāva) for, or in their lives.
Either can be positive, however good to be clear about our motives,
especially if our relationship with that which we wanted to move away from,
or that which we wanted to move towards,
changes along the way.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 18 – Just because a person can achieve the form of the Āsana….

Just because a person can achieve the form of the Āsana,
we can’t presume they will also achieve the experience of the Āsana.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 17 – It appears that Modern Therapeutic Yoga is increasingly angled at……

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It appears that Modern Therapeutic Yoga is increasingly angled
at looking at the problems in front of the person
in terms of Yoga for What,
rather than looking at the person behind the problems
in terms of Yoga for Who.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 16 – Five Musings around Sarvāṅgāsana……

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Five questions my teacher taught me that need to be ‘posed’,
for or to any student wishing to practice Sarvāṅgāsana,
or even for and to any teacher wishing to teach Sarvāṅgāsana,
whatever the situation.

1. Who is going to practice it?
2. Why do they wish to use it?
3. When are they going to practice it?
4. How are they going to get in and out of it?
5. What do they need to have done to verify their capability?

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 15 – The beauty of Krishnamacharya’s teaching is that it is about…..

The beauty of Krishnamacharya’s teaching is that it is about
learning Yoga for different types of people,
rather than todays increasingly studio driven group class modality of
learning different types of Yoga for people.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 14 – The art of viniyoga presumes that the five application principles of……

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The art of viniyoga presumes that
the five application principles of
1. What is being taught,
2. Why it is being taught,
3. When it is being taught
4. Where it is being taught and especially
5. How it is being taught,
are personally applicable and
socially relevant to
Who is being taught.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 13 – Tri Bandha Sādhana starts from the top down rather than the bottom up.

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Tri Bandha Sādhana – Jālandhara, Uḍḍīyāna and Mūla,
starts from the top down rather than the bottom up,
in both senses.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 12 – looking at inventive ways of accessing a particular Āsana

I wonder whether too much time is being spent around
looking at inventive ways of performing a particular Āsana,
rather than looking at questions around its role and purpose in Yoga.
A rationale to consider as to why or even whether we need to do it?

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 11 – Yoga Cikitsā is about Respecting the Problem and Treating the Person

Yoga Cikitsā is about Respecting the Problem and Treating the Person

Yoga Cikitsā is about
Respecting the Problem and Treating the Person.
Rather than
Respecting the Person and Treating the Problem.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 10 – The viniyoga of Yoga is about a system to teach to a student

The viniyoga of Yoga is a name for a system to teach to a student,
rather than about students to teach a system to.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 9 – Throughout Krishnamacharya’s teaching life he remained focused on……

Throughout Krishnamacharya’s teaching life he remained focused on
the priorities of seeing the who as the starting point
before considering the what.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 8 – Modern Postural Yoga is most certainly one way in…….

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Modern Postural Yoga is most certainly one way in.
However have we become trapped within this way in
and thus can’t find the way out?

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 7 – The viniyoga of Yoga is the art of learning how to practice……

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The Viniyoga of Yoga
is the art of learning
how to practice,
rather than
what to practice.

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