108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 71 – Secondly, to intelligently embrace all of these variables as assets…

12. Summary of Ideas around Practice Planning:

3. Secondly, to intelligently embrace all of
these variables as assets rather than limitations,
we need to make skilful use of the art of Viniyoga
when investigating the Vinyāsa Krama of Āsana.
For example:
– Static Movements
– Dynamic Movements
– Relational Variations
– Appropriate Modifications
Expansive Energetics
Contractive Energetics
Preparatory Movements
Compensatory Movements
Effective Sequence Building
Progressive Breathing Patterns
Efficient Transitions
Relevant Conclusions

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 69 – Given the changes in the body are manifold and

12. Summary of Ideas around Practice Planning

1. Given the changes in the body are manifold and
the changes in the mind are also manifold, as
well as the manifold changes in the emotions.
How can we meet these manifold changes and
yet still promote well-being within our practice?

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 68 – There is also the negative approach to the practice of Āsana

11. What is the role of the practice of Āsana?

2. There is also what can be seen as a
negative approach to the practice of Āsana.
In that, we are as if walking backwards
towards Yoga, because we are looking more
at what Yoga can take us  away from, rather than
looking more at what Yoga can take us towards.
Within this story we use Āsana to take ourselves
away from something we perceive as unhelpful.
However, Āsana practice that can help to promote
well-being in the individual has to be beneficial.
This is one more reason as to why we should
investigate these principles in practice planning.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 67 – we need to consider what is the role of the practice of āsana

11. What is the role of the practice of Āsana?

1. Perhaps at this point, we need to consider
what is seen, especially these days,
as a role for the practice of Āsana.
For example:
Physiological Limitations
Psychological Tensions
Recreational Pastime
Fitness Activity
Prepare for Prāṇāyāma
Prepare for Chanting
Prepare for Meditation
Personal Ritual
SelfInquiry
– Something else?
Thus the roles are many….

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 66 – Regarding personal practice, one might suggest that…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

5. Regarding personal practice, one might suggest that,
both the intention and application of adaptation needs
to be more short-term regarding the external factors.
This is amidst sustaining the longer-term internal direction,
within a more consistent constant with minimum compromise.
In other words, look after your short-term personal practice needs
within the scope and scape of your longer-term practice aims.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 65 – Thus, there are always changes or Pariṇāma…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

4. Thus, there are always changes, or Pariṇāma,
in the outcome of the interactions between our
physical processes and breathing processes, and
our mental patterns within our emotional flows.
However, we can also tend towards becoming
either over-adaptable or under-adaptable, in trying
to absorb, or overcome, these changes in ourselves.

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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 Yoga Planning Pointers – 61 – We can either respect our limits or else overwork them…

The element of compromise in the body

6. We can either respect our limits and
accommodate them, or else overwork
them and risk creating a need to rectify.
This is where the idea of using the same
Āsana practice all the time has limitations.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 60 – If you are doing the same Āsana practice, over a long period of time…

The element of compromise in the body

5. If you are doing the same Āsana practice,
over a long period of time,
it is not the same, because it becomes a habit.
In this, it can have a different effect to what is required.
Thus, when you design an Āsana practice for
a long period you should be very careful.
In this situation perhaps accommodate a
compromise and build in a safety factor.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 59 – It is usually the teacher that initially observes the escape…

The element of compromise in the body

4. It is usually the teacher that initially
observes the escape, rather than the
area of the body where the mind is.
This is another example of an
involuntary, as in unconscious, response
to a voluntary, as in conscious, movement.
Thus, for example, in Āsana what we try
to do can have different responses:
Such as what we want to happen,
and  what we don’t want to happen.
If voluntary intentions produce
involuntary responses, then you can
lose touch with what is happening.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 58 – This also applies that, as a teacher, we should be aware…

The element of compromise in the body

3. This also applies that, as a teacher,
we should be aware of the student’s limitations.
These are variables according to the person,
as well as the climate, the environment, etc.
They are not constant and neither are the effects.
This compromise can react in many ways.
For example:
You put your mind in one place during
an Āsana, the body compensates
and places the escape elsewhere.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 57 – Thus, the body tells us something but…

The element of compromise in the body

2. Thus, the body tells us something but,
we are not always aware of what it is.
This can be the result of factors in one’s life.
For example, age, profession, activities.
And, as said, it can often show in ways we cannot see.
For example, position of feet, tension in face,
position of hands, angle of shoulders, angle of arms.
So we must respect our limitations as well as our assets.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 56 – Working with safety factors brings in another factor…

The element of compromise in the body

1. Working with safety factors brings
in another factor to consider.
This is the element of compromise in the body.
This is often something you don’t see.
For example, an involuntary movement
of the head in Sarvāṅgāsana.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 55 – For example Viparīta Padmāsana could be approached…

We must also consider the safety factors

3. For example Viparīta Padmāsana could
be approached by working dynamically
from Ardha Padma Sarvāṅgāsana
into Ardha Padma Halāsana. This would
ascertain the ability to work into and with
Padmāsana in an inverted Āsana such as Śīrṣāsana.
Thus, any Āsana practice must allow for certain
safety factors, so we are able to work with respect
and regard for the individual involved and yet
retain consideration of and for the safety factors.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 54 – For example we have Śīrṣāsana and Padmāsana…

We must also consider the safety factors

2. For example, we have Śīrṣāsana and Padmāsana.
Because of being able to do these Āsana a
person wants to do Padmāsana in Śīrṣāsana,
exploring an Āsana known as Viparīta Padmāsana.
However one has to know the factors involved.
One cannot assume that because two things
are possible, a third will follow automatically.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 53 – Along with creating a situation for new responses…

We must also consider the safety factors

1. Along with creating a situation for ‘new’ responses to occur,
any guidelines must also consider the safety factor.
This is helped by being able to distinguish characteristics
between say Bhujaṅgāsana and Paścimatānāsana.
Thus an elementary knowledge of what happens
in the body is required, along with consideration
of prerequisites and appropriate Pratikriyāsana.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 52 – Āsana are not automatic but can become so…

A third factor, that of Respect for Responses

6. Āsana are not automatic but can become so.
The inevitability of voluntary actions is that we
get used to them and they become involuntary.
With this, the risk factor is increased as well.
So what is voluntary and what is involuntary is
completely different when there is a ‘new’ response.

However, such a response needs to be linked to
something deeper than just merely a ‘tweaking’,
or ‘inventive’ variation within the form of the body.

Given, that in Yoga the breath is that which gives life.
By cultivating a role for, and the purpose of the breath,
we are creating and re-creating a situation for, not just new,
but also more subtle responses to occur and reoccur.

Within this field for enhancing awareness,
through our relationship with the breath,
the risk factor is reduced as well.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 51 – We must consider our waking posture…

A third factor, that of Respect for Responses

5. We must consider our waking posture,
which is usually standing or sitting.
Thus, we have a gap from this to
the main Āsana we intend to use.

How can we bridge this gap from everyday
postures to Āsana, in terms of form and function?
Principles of practice are means to bridge the
gaps according to place, time and circumstances.

Here, we can cultivate steps towards being
able to access an Āsana with a conscious
composure, remaining awake within it
and maintaining a respect for responses.

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