108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 29 – Are we confusing the maturation of our Āsana practice with the maturation of our Yoga practice?

Are we confusing the maturation of our Āsana practice
with the maturation of our Yoga practice?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 27 – One of the primary roles for Āsana is to make the spine a fit vehicle for Prāṇāyāma.

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One of the primary roles for Āsana
is to make the spine a fit vehicle for Prāṇāyāma.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 26 – Yoga Practice is neither about trying……

Yoga Practice is neither about trying
to get rid of something undesirable,
nor attain something desirable.
It is something that can happen
in spite of something undesirable,
or in spite of something desirable.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 24 – The more you are able to practice……

The more you are able to practice,
the more you feel able to practice.
The less you are able to practice,
the less you feel able to practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 23 – Ujjāyī is a breathing technique that can facilitate the ability to remain in the doorway……

Amongst other roles Ujjāyī
is a breathing technique that
can facilitate the ability to remain
in the doorway of awareness,
neither going in and introverting, when
tempted by the manoeuvring of the mind,
nor going out and extroverting, when
tempted by the shimmering of the senses.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 22 – Ultimately our experience of the Āsana is refined through……

Ultimately our experience of the Āsana is refined
through the mystery of the breath,
rather than the mastery of the form.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 21 – Yoga practice evolves from an external other cooked restaurant experience to……

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Yoga practice evolves from an external other cooked restaurant experience
to an internal self cooked home experience via the stages of:
1. Dependence on an outside teacher and external ambient venue.
2. Interdependence where we add the beginnings of a home practice to our outside support.
3. Independence where we have refined the skill to rely on and be primarily nourished by our home practice.
This is Svatantra.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 20 – The heart of Yoga is the way in which a profound change is effected…..

The heart of Yoga is the way in which a profound change is effected on the way we view our environment.
In other words arising out of the various complementary practices of Yoga,
the way we see the world and its processes,
is enriched by a sensitivity to change and understanding of impermanence.
Further, the different practices are not separate compartments,
they are linked through the principles underpinning them.
For example, a meditative attitude in the practice of postures,
complements a stable posture in the practice of seated meditation.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 19 – Yoga practice is much more than just Āsana……

In terms of ageing mainframes and creaking joints,
it is perhaps useful to remind ourselves that
Yoga practice is much more than just Āsana.
In other words, even as the body slows down,
can we continue to slow the Breath down,
can we continue to slow the Mind down,
can we be Still within the distraction of age?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 18 – It seems that with ‘Modern Postural Yoga’ the perception of ‘advanced’ is……

It seems that with ‘Modern Postural Yoga’
the perception of ‘advanced’ practice is based
around physical appearance and artistic performance,
as exemplified by Āsana;
over psychological efforts and cultivation of inner skills,
as exemplified by Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 17 – One of the key concepts in the viniyoga of Āsana……

One of the key concepts in the viniyoga of Āsana
is how to facilitate movement in the spine
rather than just movement of the spine.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 16 – When practicing Āsana, it is as if something watches something……

When practicing Āsana,
it is as if something watches something.
What is the something that is watched?
What is the something that watches?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 15 – It increasingly appears that Yoga has been acculturated into the fitness mindset……

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It increasingly appears that Yoga has been acculturated into the fitness mindset
rather than fitness being acculturated into the Yoga mindset.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 14 – Freedom of movement within the Annamaya does not presume……

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Freedom of movement within the Annamaya
does not presume freedom of movement within the Prāṇamaya.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 13 – I feel our priorities need to be more around how we practice rather……

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In terms of Yoga Practice within adult lifestyles
I feel our priorities need to be based more around
how we practice, rather than what we practice,
unlike children’s lifestyles where the priority is
on what we practice, rather than how we practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 12 – In its beginning stages it’s about our practice supporting our life……

In its beginning stages it’s about
our practice supporting our life.
In its maturing stages it’s about
our life supporting our practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 11 – I may not feel ‘better’ after a practice……

I may not feel ‘better’ after a practice.
I always feel ‘different’ after a practice.
That difference offers new views within old patterns.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 10 – Don’t get stuck on the sticky……

dhyanamDon’t get stuck on the sticky.
Learn Prāṇāyāma.
Learn Pratyāhāra.
Learn Nādānusandhāna.
Learn Adhyayanam.
Learn Dhyānam.

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