108 Teaching Path Pointers – 16 – Five Musings around Sarvāṅgāsana……

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Five questions my teacher taught me that need to be ‘posed’,
for or to any student wishing to practice Sarvāṅgāsana,
or even for and to any teacher wishing to teach Sarvāṅgāsana,
whatever the situation.

1. Who is going to practice it?
2. Why do they wish to use it?
3. When are they going to practice it?
4. How are they going to get in and out of it?
5. What do they need to have done to verify their capability?

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 10 – The wise person should cross by the boat of Mantra…..

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Holding the body steady, with the three upper parts erect,
causing the senses and the mind to enter the heart,
the wise person should cross by the boat of Mantra,
all the fear bringing streams of the mind.
– Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣad Chapter 2 verse 8

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 7 – Breath and Abdominal Movement

Postural Practice Pointer 7 – Breath and Abdominal Movement

Actively contract the abdomen when exhaling to emphasise Apāna Sthāna.
Actively constrict the abdomen when inhaling to emphasise Prāṇa Sthāna.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 15 – The beauty of Krishnamacharya’s teaching is that it is about…..

The beauty of Krishnamacharya’s teaching is that it is about
learning Yoga for different types of people,
rather than todays increasingly studio driven group class modality of
learning different types of Yoga for people.

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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 Teaching Path Pointers – 14 – The art of viniyoga presumes that the five application principles of……

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The art of viniyoga presumes that
the five application principles of
1. What is being taught,
2. Why it is being taught,
3. When it is being taught
4. Where it is being taught and especially
5. How it is being taught,
are personally applicable and
socially relevant to
Who is being taught.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 22 – The less we act from within the field of the present moment the……

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The less we act from within the field of the present moment,
the more we re-act from within the field of past memories.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 3-4

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 21 – Yoga is about cultivating a profound discernment of the……

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Yoga is about cultivating a profound discernment
of the difference between
the Nature of our Being and
the Being of our Nature.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-16

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 4 – Mahā Mudrā is a rock on which to take a seat…..

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Mudrā Pointer 4 – Mahā Mudrā is a rock…..

Mahāmudrā is a rock on which to take a seat,
amidst the swirling waves in the ocean that is the Citta.

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 9 – To be within the presence of the Mantra……..

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To be within the presence of the Mantra
is to be within the presence of Grace.
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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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 Postural Practice Pointers – 6 – Making the Breath longer than the Stillness

Postural Pointer 6 – Staying in Stillness
Making the Breath longer than the Stillness.

Making the Breath longer than the Stillness
means the body needs to be completely still
before the Recaka or Exhale is started
and especially before it is stopped.
Equally the body needs to be completely
still before the Pūraka or inhale is started
and especially before it is stopped.
This is harder than it sounds given the
propensity to want to tweak or adjust
the body at the beginning and especially
when at the end of a movement.
Thus making the Breath longer than
the Movement also means making
the breath longer than the Stillness.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 13 – Tri Bandha Sādhana starts from the top down rather than the bottom up.

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Tri Bandha Sādhana – Jālandhara, Uḍḍīyāna and Mūla,
starts from the top down rather than the bottom up,
in both senses.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 3 – Mūla Bandha is that part of Uḍḍīyāna Bandha that you do not release.

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Mudrā Pointer – 3 – Mūla Bandha is that part of Uḍḍīyāna……

Mūla Bandha is that part
of Uḍḍīyāna Bandha
that you do not release.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 12 – looking at inventive ways of accessing a particular Āsana

I wonder whether too much time is being spent around
looking at inventive ways of performing a particular Āsana,
rather than looking at questions around its role and purpose in Yoga.
A rationale to consider as to why or even whether we need to do it?

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 20 – From meditating on the Heart we come to know……

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From meditating on the Heart,
we come to know the habits of the Mind.
From coming to know the habits of the Mind,
we come to know the Intrinsic Nature of the Mind.
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verse 34

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