108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 96 – When considering what, why and how to practice…

When considering what, why and how to practice,
it can be helpful to consider our starting point.
For example, are we looking for the role of an Āsana
practice to help in recovering from a situation
where we are as if personally overdrawn.
Also, what is the nature of our ‘overdraft’?

Is its impact or origin physical, energetic, psychological
or emotional, or even a combination of more than one?
Here the concepts of too little, too much, or wrong
can also be helpful as a reference in that, as well as
considering the nature of the ‘overdraft’, we need to
consider the means we undertake to remedy this
aspect of the situation. In other words our first
priority is to choose to plan practice steps that
will initially reduce the negative aspect at least.

However, sometimes we can try something that is
as if a short term loan and at a high rate of interest
in terms of time, effort, energy and commitment.
Thus whilst finding our situation temporarily
improving a further depletion can possibly arise as
we find ourselves unable to as if ‘keep up with the
extra payments’ given the nature of the original
depletion and its current impact on our potentials.

So having a clear reference point in terms of
identifying the nature of our starting point, and
the short term or longer term potentials of a
choice of an appropriate remedy, is as important
as our personal determination to clear the deficit
that has knowingly or unknowingly emerged within us.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 95 – In the beginning, the breath in Āsana……

In the beginning, the breath in Āsana
sets the direction for our Prāṇāyāma practice.
As we develop this, the breath in Prāṇāyāma
sets the direction for our Āsana practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 94 – When less Āsana time than you would like……

When less Āsana time than you would like,
better to reduce the number of Āsana,
or the number of repetitions,
or the length of the stays,
rather than, reducing the length of the breath.
Or….. even considering lengthening the breath,
thus even fewer Āsana, all with a longer breath than usual.
Here the Bhāvana could be to observe the effect
of a more spacious than usual Āsana breathing
on a more cramped than usual daily mindset.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 93 – Then there are those Āsana that you learn solely for practices other than Āsana.

Then there are those Āsana that you learn solely for practices other than Āsana.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 92 – Guidelines for exploring the Breath in Āsana Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma

Explore how the Breath can:

  • Stimulate Prone Backbend Āsana.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 91 – Sometimes the Vinyāsa Krama or special placing of steps from is more……

vinyasa

Sometimes the Vinyāsa Krama,
or special placing of steps from,
is more important than the steps to.
At other times the Vinyāsa Krama,
or special placing of steps to,
is more important than the steps from.
In our life as well as our practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 90 – In the beginning of our journey into the arts of Āsana and Prāṇāyāma….


In the beginning of our journey into the arts of Āsana and Prāṇāyāma, the outcome of our exploration into the breath in Āsana sets a direction and parameters for the beginnings of our exploration into how and where to develop the breath in Prāṇāyāma.

As we establish, progress and refine our practice of Prāṇāyāma, the strengths and issues that arise from our practice of Prāṇāyāma invite a subtler investigation of the breath in Āsana.

This investigation with its reciprocal and yet increasingly subtle direction offers a more precise guidance for where and how we revisit and engage with our work with the breath in Āsana.

Over time we come to both realise and experience the uniqueness of the breath within each of these two arts and the increasingly subtle development of the qualities of the relationship between the breath in Āsana, with that of the breath in Prāṇāyāma.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 89 – The Viniyoga of Yoga is a methodology that offers a depth of tools

The Viniyoga of Yoga is a methodology
that offers a depth of tools, rather than
just a breadth of tools; however, the tools
also sit a bit like Russian dolls in that one
must be opened before the next reveals itself.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 88 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Mantra…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Mantra
rather than expecting the Mantra
to bring life to you.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 87 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Dhyāna…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Dhyāna
rather than expecting the Dhyāna
to bring life to you.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 86 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Prāṇāyāma…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Prāṇāyāma
rather than expecting the Prāṇāyāma
to bring life to you.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 85 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life to the Mudrā…

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Mudrā
rather than expecting the Mudrā
to bring life to you.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 84 – The art of Viniyoga is about how you bring life..

The art of Viniyoga is about
how you bring life to the Āsana
rather than expecting the Āsana
to bring life to you.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 83 – The role of Sādhana such as Mudrā, Mantra and Nyāsa…

The role of Sādhana such
as MudrāMantra and Nyāsa,
are to take one beyond Duḥkha,
rather than take one out of Vikṣepa.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 82 – The art of Viniyoga is being concerned with what happens…

The art of Viniyoga is being concerned with what
happens during the movements between the Āsana
rather than just the movements during the Āsana.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 81 – The exhalation is the foundation from which we explore…

The exhalation is the foundation from which
we explore the three other facets of the breath.

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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 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 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 Yoga Practice Pointers – 73 – The more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna…

The more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna,
the more you can experience the work in the upper spine.
The more you can experience the work in the upper spine,
the more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 72 – Remain between the sides  for at least one long breath…

Remain between the two sides
for at least one long breath,
in order to savour the taste
inherent within this space.

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