What can be done can be easily established if we observe our breath in Āsana.

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What can be done can be easily established if we observe our breath in Āsana.”
– TKV Desikachar ‘Choosing a Ratio and the proper technique for Prāṇāyāma’
Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Twelve Page 163

The choice of a proper ratio involves two things……

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“The choice of a proper ratio involves two things,
what can be done and what should be done.
What can be done involves a given person’s capacity
to inhalehold the breath, exhale and hold the breath.
What should be done involves
our direction of movement, our aim, our need.”
– TKV Desikachar ‘Choosing a Ratio and the proper technique for Prāṇāyāma’
Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Twelve Page 163

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?

Link to Series: 108 Teaching Path Pointers

The request for learning must come from the aspirant……

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“The request for learning must come from the aspirant.
Only then can be the process be step by step.
First one question which is understood, then the next.
For example Annam is Brahma,
then Prāṇa is Brahma.
This was the traditional approach by the aspirant.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 11 – A day without Gāyatrī is like a day without Sun.

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A day without Gāyatrī is like a day without Sun.

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The body can be underused, overused and abused……

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“The body can be underused, overused and abused,
we need to be aware of what is happening with the body,
but we also need to do something for the mind.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

If we direct the mind onto one part of the breath, then the mind……

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“If we direct the mind onto one part of the breath,
then the mind affects the other parts of the breath.”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

If we relate to part of the breath we are related to all of the breath.

“If we relate to part of the breath,
we are related to all of the breath.”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

The breath makes it possible to find ways to achieve access to……

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“The breath makes it possible to find ways to achieve access to the posture,
it is possible to adapt a posture through the breath.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Any posture far removed from the normal posture is a problem and……

“Any posture far removed from the normal posture is a problem
and therefore risky if there is any problem with the body.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

The hands should be upwards for counting and breathing….

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“The hands should be upwards for counting and breathing,
with elbows slightly bent to keep the shoulders relaxed.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

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, chest, neck, head) 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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It is possible to be aware of the state of the mind by observing……

“It is possible to be aware of the state of the mind
by observing the body during an Āsana practice.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Sūtra Mālā – A Thread of Pearls on Yoga Chapter One verses 1-4

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Chapter One Samādhi Pādaḥ

First Theme Nirodha or Containment verses 1-4

verse 1
Now,
Follow the Teachings of Yoga.

verse 2
Yoga arises from the containment of,
Our propensity to fluctuate.

verse 3
From this state,
Clarity of being,
As vision is from the source of perception.

verse 4
At all other times,
We identify with the fluctuations.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 3 – Guidelines for exploring the Breath in Āsana Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma

Explore how the Breath can:

  • Stimulate Prone Backbend Āsana.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Planning Pointers

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.

Link to Series: 108 Postural Practice Pointers

Breathing should be done to have maximum effect on the spine……

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“Breathing should be done to have maximum effect on the spine;
so start the inhale at the top of the lungs down,
with contracted abdomen to hold spine erect, offering from top to bottom.
Inhale from top to bottom makes sure that the spine is erect.
It was believed that breathing from the bottom to the top
would send the internal organs further down, which wasn’t considered healthy,
whereas breathing from the top to the bottom lifted the organs.
It also helps to work on the upper portion of the spine, which is a very sluggish area,
this type of breathing helps to create movement.”
– From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Disciples often show themselves as changeable……

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“Disciples often show themselves as changeable.
One day they are passionately interested in studying this or that Mantra
and the next day they have lost interest.”
– T Krishnamacharya

The Art of Observing the Breath in Āsana

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Two Day Yoga Intensive January 6/7th 2017

at the Naim Yoga Studio Tel Aviv, Israel

with Paul Harvey on

The Art of Observing the Breath in Āsana

This two day intensive on the art of observing the Breath in Āsana is offered for all interested in the core structural and energetic principles that guide the role for the breath in Āsana.

We will explore T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar’s teachings on Haṭha Yoga and their relationship to modern Kinesiological processes as well as to ancient traditions.

It is offered for all Yoga students, teachers and trainee teachers from any training background interested in the principles that support refining and developing the breath in our personal Āsana practice according to the core principles within the teachings from Haṭha Yoga.

Each session will help us to develop, through presentation, practical demonstration, small group interaction and personal practice experience, how we can:

  • Establish primary observation foci for the Breath
  • Establish secondary observation foci for the Breath
  • Appreciate the respiratory energetic priorities within Haṭha Yoga
  • Apply the respiratory energetic priorities within Haṭha Yoga
  • Appreciate the value of casual and intentional observation
  • Link psychological and physiological observation
  • Learn to evaluate the inhale, exhale and possibilities for holding the breath

The practical and theory work around observation of the breath in Āsana will be supported by ongoing and relevant examples on how to observe the breath and how to set appropriate short term and long term goals for the breath within students Āsana practice.

From this we can facilitate a deeper, more effective and progressive practice through developing direct insight and appreciation of how structural respiratory patterns may be:

  • Unhelpful in terms of health, well being and attitude
  • Inadequate in that they reinforce existing postural patterns

Finally we will explore how to integrate the structural and energetic aspects of Āsana practice into the deeper potentials of Yoga.

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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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Yoga Sūtra Chapters One to Four Study Workbook

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapters One to Four

Samādhi Sādhana Vibhūti Kaivalya Pādaḥ

A Romanised Saṃskṛta verse by verse word by word personal study support workbook for all four chapters of the Yoga Sūtra. Further workbooks are available for each individual chapter as well as this combined version.

For those wishing to use this workbook as a personal study guide then exploring the online Yoga Sūtra verse by verse translation with its added individual word by word translation and cross verse reference index links may be helpful. These translations are also accumulating online verse by verse commentaries from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.

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The breath becomes very short using Bandha……

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“The breath becomes very short using Bandha.
It is necessary to have a very long exhale
before it is possible to work with them effectively.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 26 – To experience Āsana is to meld the Mastery of outer Stillness to the……

To experience Āsana is
to meld the Mastery of outer Stillness to the world
into the Mystery of inner Openness to the beyond.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46

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Rāga – Something in us needs to be satisfied.

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Rāga – Something in us needs to be satisfied.”
– TKV Desikachar 1997 on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 7

The mind is like a glass through which we perceive……

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“The mind is like a glass through which we perceive.
When it is painted there is Rāga.
Often the painting colours what we see.
It is the colour of the mind that decides the quality of perception.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4