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

Āsana 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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Āsana and Mudrā Practice Techniques Glossary
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Inverted, Backbend, Seated & Sitting

Prāṇāyāma & Bandha Practice Techniques Glossary
– Grouped into Primary, Secondary & Ancillary Techniques

108 Yoga Teaching Path Pointers – 52 – Although the inhale is the exploratory means to learn…

Although the inhale is the
exploratory means to learn
more about the Prāṇa Sthāna,
it is initially the exhale that will
teach us about the Apāna Sthāna,
and here is a primary means in the
application of Āsana as a therapy.

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Āsana & Mudrā Practice Techniques Glossary
– Grouped into Standing, Kneeling, Lying,
Inverted, Backbend, Seated and Sitting

Prāṇāyāma & Bandha Practice Techniques Glossary
– Grouped into Primary, Secondary
and Ancillary Techniques

108 Postural Practice Pointers – 58 – In Āsana one should not always count the breath length…

In Āsana one should not
always count the breath length,
otherwise one loses mindfulness.

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Lying, Inverted, Backbend, Seated & Sitting

108 Postural Practice Pointers – 57 – The Bhāvana should vary from Āsana to Āsana…

The Bhāvana should vary from Āsana to Āsana.
For example, one could use the Bhāvana
to decide the ratio or, where to place
the attention on the breath.

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Lying, Inverted, Backbend, Seated & Sitting

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 162 – Also, better not to confuse the ardour for experiences…

“Also, better not to
confuse the ardour
for experience
with the ardour
for experiences.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 22

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 161 – Although from that, distinctions in ardour…

Although from that,
distinctions in ardour,
according to inclination.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 22

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 160 – The intensity of the ardour determines the proximity.

“The intensity of the ardour
determines the proximity.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 21

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 56 – In Asana one should vary the breath ratio.

In Āsana one should vary the breath ratio.

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 55 – Bhāvana on the relationship between the Viśuddhi Sthāna and Jālandhara Bandha…

A common escape when using Dvi Pāda Pīṭham is the neck arching rather than lengthening, resulting in the lifting of the head as if to compensate for the increased sense of the neck compressing.

Hence a key Bhāvana here is the deepening of the Jālandhara Bandha whilst working with the potential dissipation that can arise through the simultaneous lifting of the arms.

This escape is something that is also further exaggerated when raising the arms at the same time as lifting the hips, due to the increasingly upward force from the hips pushing down onto the shoulders, also increasingly unstable due to the lifting of the arms.

We can explore this escape by holding a Bhāvana on the relationship between the Viśuddhi Sthāna and Jālandhara Bandha through choosing an alternative Vinyāsa Krama in Dvi Pāda Pīṭham. One suggestion here is to investigate the interaction between the arms and trunk via the breath as shown in the illustration above.

The intention here is to maintain a gradual lengthening in the neck whilst resisting the tendency for the shoulders to as if skateboard on the scapula and increase the distance between the head and the feet. Here also an active role for the arms and shoulders is suggested at all points especially when they are not being lifted.

Perhaps experiment with repeating this alternate suggestion for a  Vinyāsa Krama in Dvi Pāda Pīṭham some 6 times whilst maintaining a breath pattern of around 4 breaths per minute. The entire sequence taking some six minutes to explore.

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Lying, Inverted, Backbend, Seated & Sitting

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Question Pointers – 20 – In Sūtra 1.20 introduces four concepts which are progressively linked…

The aim of this series, and its companion series (108 Yoga Sūtra Keywords), with its single guided Sūtra word within a parallel flow, is to progress through a themed reflective journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

On this page, a question will be proffered as a reflection and inquiry into a single verse. Here each verse in the text will be explored successively, via a link to its translation, word-by-word breakdown and added commentaries collated from the website, to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

On the companion page, a word will be listed as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. It will offer an exploration, via a link to the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected quotations and posts, collated from within the website these past 12 years, again to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

My wish is to offer an insight into the spectrum of Yoga teachings received from T Krishnamacharya mainly via TKV Desikachar, in terms of both breadth and depth.

Chapter One Samādhi Pādaḥ verse 20

śraddhā-vīrya-smṛti-samādhi-prajñā-pūrvakaḥ itareśām |

In Sūtra 1.20 Patañjali introduces four concepts which are
progressively linked outcomes of the experiential presence of Śraddhā.

For your own reflection firstly, list these four concepts using your own
choice of words to express their qualities and yet one which
also illustrates the progressive relationship between them.

Secondly, consider and describe what is it that intervenes
within and diverts us from our potential to experience
Śraddhā and its progressively linked outcomes?

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 159 – Our journey into and through Yoga…

“Our journey into and through Yoga
begins with hindsight
and ends with foresight.
The first hindsight is the effect
arising out of an experience
from a lack of foresight.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 16

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 54 – Just because you can perform a posture…

Just because you can perform a posture,
doesn’t automatically mean you can
experience the posture as an Āsana.
To experience a posture as an Āsana
implies some other factors are involved.
Such as how to facilitate a decreasing
resistance within the confines of the body,
and integrating a transcendent involvement
with the mystery of what is beyond the body.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 61 – We can either respect our limits or else overwork them…

The element of compromise in the body

6. We can either respect our limits and
accommodate them, or else overwork
them and risk creating a need to rectify.
This is where the idea of using the same
Āsana practice all the time has limitations.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 60 – If you are doing the same Āsana practice, over a long period of time…

The element of compromise in the body

5. If you are doing the same Āsana practice,
over a long period of time,
it is not the same, because it becomes a habit.
In this, it can have a different effect to what is required.
Thus, when you design an Āsana practice for
a long period you should be very careful.
In this situation perhaps accommodate a
compromise and build in a safety factor.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 59 – It is usually the teacher that initially observes the escape…

The element of compromise in the body

4. It is usually the teacher that initially
observes the escape, rather than the
area of the body where the mind is.
This is another example of an
involuntary, as in unconscious, response
to a voluntary, as in conscious, movement.
Thus, for example, in Āsana what we try
to do can have different responses:
Such as what we want to happen,
and  what we don’t want to happen.
If voluntary intentions produce
involuntary responses, then you can
lose touch with what is happening.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 58 – This also applies that, as a teacher, we should be aware…

The element of compromise in the body

3. This also applies that, as a teacher,
we should be aware of the student’s limitations.
These are variables according to the person,
as well as the climate, the environment, etc.
They are not constant and neither are the effects.
This compromise can react in many ways.
For example:
You put your mind in one place during
an Āsana, the body compensates
and places the escape elsewhere.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 57 – Thus, the body tells us something but…

The element of compromise in the body

2. Thus, the body tells us something but,
we are not always aware of what it is.
This can be the result of factors in one’s life.
For example, age, profession, activities.
And, as said, it can often show in ways we cannot see.
For example, position of feet, tension in face,
position of hands, angle of shoulders, angle of arms.
So we must respect our limitations as well as our assets.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 56 – Working with safety factors brings in another factor…

The element of compromise in the body

1. Working with safety factors brings
in another factor to consider.
This is the element of compromise in the body.
This is often something you don’t see.
For example, an involuntary movement
of the head in Sarvāṅgāsana.

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