108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 157 – Dhyanam is both a Sadhana and a Siddhi…

Dhyānam is both a Sādhana and a Siddhi.
In that, it is a Siddhi of Dhāraṇā,
as well as a Sādhana for Samādhi.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 2

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 47 – There is also a third factor besides voluntary efforts and involuntary effects…

A third factor, that of Respect for Responses

1. There is also a third factor besides the relationship
between voluntary efforts and involuntary effects,
namely a person’s response to the notion of effort and effect.
In the travel from our everyday postures to Yoga postures
we need to consider respect for the idea of responses.
We can often ignore the body’s response to our efforts
within our aims and intentions for ideals, such as in Āsana.
Voluntary efforts and involuntary effects are the variables.

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 9 – The Yoga of dejection, rejection and projection.

“The Yoga of dejection, rejection and projection.”
– Paul Harvey Introduction to Bhagavad Gītā Chapter One

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 8 – The journey with and through the Bhagavad Gītā is one of a Vinyāsa Krama…

“The journey with and through the Bhagavad Gītā
is one of a Vinyāsa Krama with three distinct stages.
Firstly, the Pūrva Aṅga aspect of our journey in the ascension
from confusion to clarity, as epitomised in the first hexad.
Here we start from being disturbingly yoked to Viṣāda
as in the first Chapter, and through a chapter by chapter
process, we deepen our self-inquiry into the nature of who.
In other words, this hexad is an exploration of our relationship
with what we perceive and identify with as if our perennial self.
Through chapters two to five, we learn how to approach and
refine the practice of Dhyāna as in Chapter six, through which
clarity arises in our efforts to cultivate a sense of an inner guide.”
Paul Harvey on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Two

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 156 – Dhāraṇā is both a Sadhana and a Siddhi…

Dhāraṇā is both a Sādhana and a Siddhi.
In that, it is a Siddhi of Pratyāhāra,
as well as a Sādhana for Dhyāna.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 1

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 155 – Pratyāhāra is both a Sādhana and a Siddhi…

Pratyāhāra is both a Sādhana and a Siddhi.
In that, it is a Siddhi of Prāṇāyāma,
as well as a Sādhana for Dhāraṇā.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 55

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 48 – In supporting the cultivation of the subtler aspects of…

In supporting a cultivation, within or through Āsana,
of the subtler aspects of Bāhya Aṅga Sādhana, such
as Pratyāhāra, it can be a more helpful marker to be on
the lookout for sensory incontinence, rather than say,
being more preoccupied with physical choreography.

Such as how we can unconsciously leak, through randomly
opening the eyes or vaguely keeping the eyes open, when
transiting into or changing sides around such as seated Āsana.

For example, arriving into or departing from a choreographically
demanding asymmetrical Āsana such as Ardha Matsyendrāsana.
In other words, remaining alert and using the space between the
breath when moving from or returning to its link Āsana, Daṇḍāsana.

Another example is the potential for sensory incontinence when
moving into or out of or especially when changing sides, with
more popular or familiar seated Āsana such as Janu Śīrṣāsana.

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108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 36 – Haṭha Yoga is about the vitality of our Prana…

Haṭha Yoga is about the vitality of our Prāṇa.
Rāja Yoga is about the clarity of our Citta.
Krishnamacharya’s teachings reflect their
relative importance, in the correlation and
integration of both within our Yoga Sādhana,
as beacons for our outer and inner journey.

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108 Yoga Sūtra Study Question Pointers – 17 – In Sūtra 1.17 Patañjali presents Saṃprajñāta as four levels of meditational experience…

The aim of this series, and its companion series (Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study 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 17

vitarka-vicāra-ānanda-asmitā-rūpa-anugamāt-saṃprajñātaḥ |

In Sūtra 1.17 Patañjali presents Asmitā, or the
sense of oneness, as the culmination of four
successively subtle forms of a meditational
process, collectively described as Saṃprajñāta.

How do we compare Asmitā in this verse
with the Asmitā described as one of the
five Kleśa listed in Chapter Two verse 3?

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 154 – Dhyānam is the art of cultivating…


Dhyānam is the art of cultivating
a continuity of presence within
the activities in the psyche.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 2

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 153 – We see ourselves within a mirror reflecting the opposing fluctuations…

We see ourselves within a mirror
reflecting the opposing fluctuations
of Rajas Guṇa and Tamas Guṇa.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 15

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 106 – The intention within  Bṛṃhaṇa Kriyā…

“The intention within
Bṛṃhaṇa Kriyā
is to feel brighter.

The intention within
Laṅghana Kriyā
is to feel lighter.”

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 47 – Short and Longer Term prerequisites for Bakāsana or Parśva  Bakāsana…

Short and Longer Term prerequisites for
Bakāsana or Parśva  Bakāsana
include:
Utkaṭāsana
Adho Mukha Śvanāsana
Caturaṅga Daṇḍasana
Nirālamba Śīrṣāsana
Viparīta Vṛkṣāsana

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 46 – Short and Longer Term prerequisites for Eka Pāda Uttāna Mayūrāsana…

Short and Longer Term prerequisites for
Eka Pāda Uttāna Mayūrāsana
include:
Dvi Pāda Pīṭham
Sarvāṅgāsana
Halāsana
Śalabhāsana
Dhanurāsana

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 46 – Thus, with these two aspects there are a lot of variables

Voluntary Efforts and Involuntary Effects in an Āsana Practice

4. Thus, with these two aspects there can be a lot of variables.
For example, using or not using the breath in Āsana
practice can be either a voluntary or involuntary aspect.
Thus, if you are not used to using the breath in an Āsana
and its quality is affected involuntarily, then we must apply
a voluntary action to improve or sustain the quality of the breath.
Or, if we are used to using the breath, the way we use it
can become fixed and unchanging – an involuntary effect.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 45 – Also, certain steps have to be taken to avoid…

Voluntary Efforts and Involuntary Effects in an Āsana Practice

3. Also, certain steps have to be taken to avoid, anticipate
or compensate for the effects of the involuntary response.
This means certain steps have to be taken to consider the
voluntary intention and a potentially involuntary response.
From this, we can evolve certain suggestions with regard
to anticipating potentially unconscious practice patterns.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 44 – This can also apply to our attitude whilst working…

Voluntary Efforts and Involuntary Effects in an Āsana Practice

2. Thus, this means these effects can also apply to our
attitudes whilst working habitually in a particular Āsana.
For example, an involuntary response as a result of memory.
So we can have a blindness, in that we are unaware of the
position of the arms, legs, or body, as well as in our attitude.
Thus, we need to at least apply movements voluntarily
in our efforts to influence the qualities of the Āsana.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 43 – As well as the consideration around the use of Āsana dynamically…

Voluntary Efforts and Involuntary Effects in an Āsana Practice

1. As well as the consideration around the use of
Āsana dynamically or statically, there is also,
depending on our background to Āsana practice,
the voluntary effort and the involuntary effects.

According to the impact of this in the background,
certain voluntary intentions can, often unconsciously,
trigger certain involuntary, multilevelled responses.

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108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 11 – Dhāraṇā has three distinct cyclical phases…

Dhāraṇā has three distinct, cyclical phases,
from a placing of awareness on the focus,
to an awareness of observation wandering,
to a re-placing of awareness on the focus.

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 45 – Our relationship with Āsana Practice can be too…

Our relationship with
Food can be too much,
too little, or wrong.
The same could also be
said for Āsana Practice.

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