108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 1 – Yoga Practice needs a Mat and a Map……

Yoga Practice needs a Mat and a Map,
of the two the more important question is,
what Map are you using, rather than,
what Mat are you using.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 1 – Interesting to observe myself saying ‘hello old friend’ as……

Interesting to observe myself saying ‘hello old friend’
as I take up my Dhyāna Pīṭham.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 4 – The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra when……

The Yoga Sūtra become as if metaphysical Mantra,
when they can be an internal intonation,
as well as an external edification.
– Reflection on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 3 – Avidyā is the illusion of recognising the……

avidya

Avidyā is the illusion of recognising:
the ephemeral as the eternal,
the profane as the profound,
pain as pleasure and
the silhouette as the source.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 2 – Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion……

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Patañjali reminds us of the pitfalls of the illusion
of recognising psyche as awareness.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 2 – A day of clear clear blue, no past no future, just the present……

A day of clear clear blue, no past no future,
just the present with the clarity of the sun permeating every molecule of the sky.

Brings to Mind the Gāyatrī Mantra:

tat savitur vareṇiyaṃ
That sun most excellent
bhargo devasya dhīmahi |
on the radiance of the Divine I meditate |
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt ||
wisdom may (that radiance) our impel ||

I meditate on the divine radiance
of the most excellent sun.
May it impel my wisdom.

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108 Study Path Pointers – 3 – When seeking the light better to verify that it is the power of the light……

cit devanagari

When seeking the light better to verify
that it is the power of the light
rather than the light of power.

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 1 – The practice of Bhakti Dhyānam outlined in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One……

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The practice of Bhakti Dhyānam outlined in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One
can utilise either Veda Mantra or Tantra Mantra.
The Veda focus is one of external harmony with the forces of nature (Tri Guṇa) and
the Tantra focus is one of internal empowerment within the forces of nature (Tri Guṇa).

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 1 – Tapas – the effort to reduce something.

Tapas – the effort to reduce something.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 2 – viniyoga or application of Yoga according to……

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TKV Desikachar taught the viniyoga of Yoga,
or application of Yoga according
to state of life, place, time and circumstance
to optimise the student’s potential within
that situation as seen from his
own, forever evolving, innovating and
maturing, developmental teaching thread.

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108 Study Path Pointers – 2 – Duḥkha is the starting point for the……

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Duḥkha is the starting point for the
Yoga journey of four junctures from:
the symptom, as in Duḥkha or suffering,
to the cause, as in Avidyā or illusion,
to the goal, as in Kaivalya or independence;
via the tools, as in Aṣṭāṅga or 8 limbed path,
for the means, as in Viveka or discernment.
This ancient fourfold process is at the heart of
the teachings in Yoga, Āyurveda & Buddhism.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 1 – Cit Mudrā – A means to appreciate the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra C2 v46……

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Mudrā Pointer 1 – Appreciating the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra C2 v46……

Cit Mudrā
A means to appreciate the subtlety of Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46
the integration of the qualities of steady attentiveness and spacious clarity.

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108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 1 – What is important is the refinement of one’s practice repertoire……

What is important is the refinement of one’s
practice and study repertoire, rather than
just the enlargement of one’s repertoire,
whether it’s more Āsana, Chants or Texts.
Plus, the more time you spend on enlarging,
the less time you have to spend on refining.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 1 – Tradition is honouring the function……

Tradition is honouring the function.
Innovation is adapting the form.
Good not to get the two confused
or even worse – the wrong way round.

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