108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 4 – Four Quadrant Tool for the Mind

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Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointer 4 – Four Quadrant Tool for the Mind

Prāṇāyāma as a Tool in the Morning,
– Can be a Means to Hone the Mind.

Prāṇāyāma as a Tool in the Afternoon,
– Can be a Means to Refresh the Mind.

Prāṇāyāma as a Tool in the Evening,
– Can be a Means to Clear the Mind.

Prāṇāyāma as a Tool in the Night,
– Can be a Means to Settle the Mind.

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List five of the key concepts for Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra in order of appearance

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Yoga Sūtra Study Question:

List five of the key concepts for Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra in order of appearance.

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Identify and illustrate four key Āsana to help prepare for Ardha Śalabhāsana

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Practice Study Question around Āsana Planning Theory:
Identify and illustrate four key Āsana to help prepare for Ardha Śalabhāsana.

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Viparyaya or mental activity that is based on something other than fact……

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“Even when our understanding is consistent with our perception or repeated experience,
it does not necessarily indicate a fact.
For instance,
if we assume that a person is a woman simply because that person is dressed in a woman’s clothes,
this is called Viparyaya or mental activity that is based on something other than fact.
Viparyaya, then, is comprehension based on a perceived characteristic in the observer,
which leads to false assumptions.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 8

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 27 – The search for understanding is driven by misunderstanding……

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The search for understanding is driven by misunderstanding,
though not always in the right direction.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 30 – Prāṇa is the élan vital……

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Prāṇa is the élan vital.
It is the mover and the sustainer of the body in all living beings.
Because of this all pervasive movement and irrepressible vitality,
it is also hard to keep reined in through the ten sensory horses.
When the personalised field of Prāṇa becomes unreined,
it transforms into Vāta and the system becomes disturbed.
The primary practice in Yoga to minimise the
conversion of Prāṇa into Vāta is Prāṇāyāma.

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 12 – Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge….

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Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge,
over the fear bringing streams of the mind.
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 26 – It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit within the wanderings of the Citta.

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It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit
within the wanderings of the Citta.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 2-3

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 29 – Are we confusing the maturation of our Āsana practice with the maturation of our Yoga practice?

Are we confusing the maturation of our Āsana practice
with the maturation of our Yoga practice?

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Rāga is attraction to an object before you are aware of it….

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Rāga is attraction to an object before you are aware of it.
An attraction whether you need it or not.
In its absence you crave for it.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

The world exists to set us free.

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“The world exists to set us free.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 25 – How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice……

Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a
relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.
Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

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Perception is said to be right when something happens….

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Perception is said to be right when something happens,
where we can see the design of the mind as well as the object.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

Svādhyāya implies what the tradition teaches……

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Svādhyāya implies what the tradition teaches or a teacher has taught as studies.
Thus, it does not necessarily mean that they should read and recite Veda.”
– T Krishnamacharya 1984

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 24 – In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind

In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind
is the one of not exercising the mind.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

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You cannot change the past, only our understanding of the past.

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“You cannot change the past,
only our understanding of the past.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 42

108 Study Path Pointers – 17 – One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us with the challenge……

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One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us with the challenge of
discerning between what is our Dharma and what is our Karma.

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The Das Upāya or ten approaches to Sādhana…….

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In introducing the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One Upāya section within verses 2039,
Krishnamacharya talks about Das Upāya or ten approaches,
of which two are Śodhanam (Purifying) Sādhana
and eight are Śamanam (Palliating) Sādhana.

There are different grades of inclination and possibility…..

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“There are different grades of inclination and possibility
among those who are interested to experience the state of Samādhi.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 21

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There are two categories of practice……

“There are two categories of practice, the Śikṣaṇa Krama way, according to the rules,
or the Cikitsā Krama way, the application or adaptation of a posture
to suit a particular person or a particular situation.
Where postures need to be adapted to suit particular bodies and their limitations.
The authority for the postures comes from the teacher,
although some rules are indicated in the texts.”
– From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

For something to work you must participate positively….

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‎”For something to work you must participate positively.
In other words Śraddhā.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras 2000

Patañjali lists the nine kinds of obstacles that are confronted……

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“In this Sūtra,
Patañjali lists the nine kinds of obstacles that are confronted by those who,
though fit and able to meditate on Īśvara, neglect to do so.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 30

Yama – How we relate, how we face the society we are part of……

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Yama – How we relate, how we face the society we are part of.
How we link ourselves to others in speech, action, confidence.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 30

Always raise and lower the arms in the plane of the movement…….

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“Always raise and lower the arms in the plane of the movement.
This helps the forward movement by causing you
to arch the back slightly before you bend forward.
Traditionally arms are straight and placed behind the ears.”
– TKV Desikachar 1980

Only the Citta is the cause for Bandhana or Mokṣa.

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“Only the Citta is the cause for Bandhana or Mokṣa.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 6