108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 19 – The longer term measure of our Prāṇāyāma potential is determined…

Prāṇāyāma Pointers – 19 – Skilful efforts with the Breath in Āsana

The longer term measure of our Prāṇāyāma
potential is determined by our skilful efforts
within all four components of the breath in Āsana.
For example, can we maintain a ratio of 8.8.8.8.
in Parśva Uttānāsana or 12.6.18.12 in Mahāmudrā?

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108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 18 – In terms of setting learning priorities for Prāṇāyāma…

Prāṇāyāma Pointer 18 – Comparing Ratio and Technique

In terms of setting learning priorities for Prāṇāyāma,
the ratio is seen as more important than the technique.
Though the ratio can indeed be enhanced by technique.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 21 – The principles we utilise through the Viniyoga…

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:

10. The principles we utilise through
the Viniyoga of Āsana practice are
a fair attempt in this direction.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 20 – It is not humanly possible to adapt Āsana practice…

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:

9. It is not humanly possible to adapt Āsana
practice to respect all the considerations.
Hence, a safe compromise that produces
certain positive effects and limits negative
effects is the only proper alternative.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 19 – There is also a restrictive fight-flight-freeze response…

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:

8. There is also a restrictive
fight-flight-freeze response
which, in no time, can change
the physiology of the body.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 18 – When the body gets used to certain things…

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:

7. When the body gets used to certain things,
less awareness about them seems to happen.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 17 – It can be said no human body is perfect…

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:

6. It can be said no human body is perfect.
As such there are definitely certain
vulnerable parts and some strong aspects.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 16 – The body undergoes many changes…

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:

5. The body undergoes many changes
and then there are many influences on it
through oneʼs work, interests and otherwise.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 15 – These days people begin Āsana practice at different stages of their life.

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:

4. These days people begin Āsana practice
at different stages of their life.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 14 – Āsana practice seems to mean different things to different people.

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:


3. Āsana practice seems to mean
different things to different people.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 13 – Most of the Āsana are not close to the postures of the body…

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:


2. Most of the Āsana are not close
to the postures of the body we use
in our daily life and its activities.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 12 – Yoga emphasises that Āsana must not be neglected…

General Guidelines for Choosing Āsana:

1. Yoga emphasises that Āsana must not be neglected,
it is a valid tool that needs a precise application, hence
respecting that there need to be guidelines when choosing.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 129 – Within the practice guidelines for Prāṇāyāma…

Within the practice guidelines for Prāṇāyāma
Length and Subtlety are the fruits of a process,
they are not tools for use within this process.
The tools here are Deśa, Kāla and Sāṃkhya.
By these the breath becomes Dīrgha and Sūkṣma,
in other words the breath becomes Long and Subtle.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 50

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108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 17 – Learning how to hold the breath…

Prāṇāyāma Pointer 16 – The experience within the Kumbhaka

Learning how to hold the breath
can lead one to the experience
of being held by the breath.

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108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 16 – In the beginning, Ujjāyī is experienced more as a sound…

Prāṇāyāma Pointer 16 – Relationship of Sound and Sensation in Ujjāyī

In the beginning, Ujjāyī is experienced more as a sound.
As we refine its relationship with the breath, through
increasing the Length and deepening the Subtlety,
Ujjāyī is felt more as a sensation within the body
and less as a sound and vibration in the throat.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 128 – Āsana, according to this verse, needs to correlate the two qualities of…

Āsana, according to this verse, needs to correlate the
two qualities of steady attentiveness and spacious clarity.
However, we are being offered qualities that are actually
the fruits or outcome of the practice guidelines in the next verse.
Hence this verse is a definition, but one that arises as an outcome
of an attitude around the way we go about exploring Āsana.
Although it could be added that this definition also relates
to the direction of one’s Āsana practice as a whole.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 11 – Stick to the conventions of technique unless there is a reason to change them.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


10. Stick to the conventions of technique unless there is a reason to change them.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 10 – Make the practice shorter than the time available.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

9. Make the practice shorter than the time available.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 9 – Keep it simple and consider how to spend more time in fewer Āsana.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

8. Keep it simple and consider how to spend more time in fewer Āsana.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 8 – Look to cultivate a quality of Sattva by diminishing Tamas and channelling Rajas.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


7. Look to cultivate a quality of Sattva by diminishing Tamas and channelling Rajas.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 7 – Consider its relationship to both short term and long term goals.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


6. Consider its relationship to both short term and long term goals.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 6 – Plan for others as it applies to them, not as it applies to you.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

5. Plan for others as it applies to them, not as it applies to you.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 5 – Ask yourself what is most effective.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

4. Ask yourself what is most effective.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 4 – Remember ‘can’ is not the same as ‘should’.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


3. Remember ‘can’ is not the same as ‘should’.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 3 – Hold the reflection that practice is a means, not an end.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


2. Hold the reflection that practice is a means, not an end.

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