A Sūtra Class began with a dedication, it had the effect of orienting…

“The original essence of the Yoga Sūtra was passed on by oral tradition. First, you learn the rhythm of the  Sūtra. This was in Saṃskṛta, first learning the words or Sūtra, then the meanings. By learning to recite the Sūtra perfectly it was clear that you were earnest in wanting to learn their meanings.

The scheme would be to repeat it twice, in exactly the same tone used by the teacher. This would take many years. Thus these days it’s difficult to expect to understand the Sūtra from a book or a course.

A Sūtra Class began with a dedication. It had the effect of orienting the mind to the class and subject and could also be a dedication to a god, if accepted, to remove obstacles, or if none, not to put any i.e. Gaṇeśa.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 11 – Jālandhara Bandha needs to be in place before…

Jālandhara Bandha needs to be in place before
interacting with the breath and the spine
through mid-range movement.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 112 – Within the sense of “I” Am-ness…

“Within the sense of “I” Am-ness,
the I-ness is Prakṛti and
the Am-ness is Puruṣa.
The illusion is the sense of as if Oneness.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 111 – Pratyāhāra is a process that encourages us…

Pratyāhāra is a process that encourages us
to explore the means by which we can learn
to step out of the flow of the river of the senses.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 30 – The heart of Yoga lies in cultivating…

The heart of Yoga lies in cultivating
a connection strategy rather than
cultivating just a coping strategy.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 110 – Pratyāhāra is the absence of a link…

pratyahara

Pratyāhāra is the absence of a link
from the mind with the senses,
rather than the absence of a link
from the senses with the mind.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 109 – Our actions reveal our intentions.

karma

Our actions reveal our intentions.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 14

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 73 – The more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna…

The more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna,
the more you can experience the work in the upper spine.
The more you can experience the work in the upper spine,
the more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna.

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 7 – Jñāna Yoga or the Yoga of knowing

jnana

Jñāna Yoga – The Yoga of Knowing
Or linking to that we need to understand
to help refine the outcome of our actions.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 6 – One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us with the challenge……

One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us
with the challenge of discerning between
what is our Karma and what is our Dharma.
Firstly by appreciating what is and what isn’t Karma.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 41 – You apply therapeutics through Cikitsā…

You apply therapeutics through Cikitsā,
but not protection or preservation.
This is the role of Rakṣaṇa.

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TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated……

Over the past seven years I have been posting quotes and commentaries from TKV Desikachar related to his teachings on the Yoga Sūtra. In doing so the website has accumulated well over 100 verse related posts. So to improve access and navigation around this aspect of his teaching I thought it helpful to curate them all onto a single page, within which the reader can access them through a chapter and verse collation.

The focus so far is mainly on chapter’s one and two. However as I continue to transcribe my Yoga Sūtra study notes online, this will extend across all four chapters. Future relevant quotations will still be posted individually, but will be added to this new page and this will be indicated by a change in the last updated date at the end of each chapter.

This also expands the collation of posts on the textual side of Krishnamacharya’s and Desikachar’s teaching already developing as an online access through:

T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated
T Krishnamacharya Bhagavad Gītā Study Quotes Collected and Collated
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Rahasya Study Quotes Collected and Collated
TKV Desikachar Bhagavad Gītā Study Quotes Collected and Collated
TKV Desikachar Gītārtha Saṃgraha Study Quotes Collected and Collated

This new resource can be found at:

TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 72 – Remain between the sides  for at least one long breath…

Remain between the two sides
for at least one long breath,
in order to savour the taste
inherent within this space.

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Online Yoga Techniques & Textual Theory – 121 Modular eStudy Options

The aim of individual tuition is to reflect the
fundamentals of Krishnamacharya’s teaching; namely,
transmission occurs through the direct experience
of the teacher with the student’s personal Yoga
practice and study through one-to-one meetings.

Online Individualised eLearning within a 121 Personal Dialogue

Over the past decade, with the advent of video technologies, I became involved in online 121 teaching relationships. Here I explored the medium exclusively through 121 meetings so as to facilitate the interaction between us as both teacher and student.After many years using this means of transmission, I feel comfortable offering progressive eStudy options.

With the support of extensive student workbooks from my live study modules, an intimate interaction is explored and developed. This offers a valuable means of working individually, whilst allowing the wider Yoga community access to the Yoga texts and practice theory accumulated from my decades’ long studentship with TKV Desikachar.

What are the unique advantages of Online Yoga Practice and Theory eStudy within a 121 meeting between Teacher and Student?

  • Modular programmes offering an individualised progressive pathway
  • Single topic specialisation for a study intensity and in-depth presentation
  • Exclusive 121 learning environment supporting study and attention to the student
  • Traditional transmission between teacher and student to optimise absorption
  • Relevance to the individual’s situation through dialogue facilitating interaction
  • Studying practice and texts with a personal rather than teacher training priority
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Design a practice to stay 8 minutes in Paścimatānāsana…

Design a practice to stay 8 minutes in Paścimatānāsana

The Vinyāsa Krama or planning steps in the practice will be for a total of 90 working breaths.

– It will be based primarily around Āsana, perhaps with Mudrā.
– In this instance, the practice will not include any sitting Prāṇāyāma or Dhyāna.
– In the planning structure, any link Āsana such as Samasthiti, Śavāsana, Vajrāsana,
do not count in the breath tally.
– State the intended developmental path of the practice.
– Consider the primary Āsana you are choosing to build the practice with.
– Consider the primary ratio you are choosing to use in the crown of the practice.
– Justify your choice of supporting or compensatory Āsana within the scheme.

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108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 10 – Which Āsana support the principle of Mūla Bandha?

Which Āsana support the
principle of Mūla Bandha?
To stop the Mūla dropping,
as in Paścimatāna drawing
the Mūla towards Maṇipūra.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 71 – In terms of reasons to practice…

In terms of reasons to practice,
reducing the external is not the
same as enhancing the internal.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 70 – Until you have an intimate relationship with the breath…

Until you have an intimate relationship with the breath,
it’s difficult to have an intimate relationship with the spine.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 69 – Some need to direct their Yoga practice at disconnecting from…

Some need to direct their Yoga
practice at disconnecting from.
Whilst others need to direct their
Yoga practice at connecting to.
Some need to direct their Yoga
practice at disconnecting from,
before being able to connect to.
Whilst others need to direct their
practice at connecting to, before
being able to disconnect from.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

Yoga Teaching Reflections on Covid 19-20-21…

Upcoming Yoga Diary Schedule March 2022 – June 2023
– Module One Workshops & Module Two Courses

Here I am, seemingly ensconced in the resplendence of my Cotswold countryside existence. Yet worldwide, I have been witnessing this most complex, convoluted and cataclysmic cycle of Covid chaos with its unpredictable inroads into all aspects of our lives. It is extraordinary how deeply into our everyday lifestyle the impact of this minuscule being has penetrated, whether personally, locally, nationally and transnationally.

I remember the last live workshop I had in my home with a small group of students in March last year. Within it observing how we were becoming increasingly aware of the likely effect of its presence in terms of travel restrictions, et al.

Though from a personal working viewpoint, the travel restrictions meant only a marginal impact on my teaching commitments, given that much of my interaction is online with 121 students worldwide. Hence, my online workshop and course module programme has remained as it was pre-Covid, almost as if there had been no pandemic.

Yet looking back, I realise how little I had foreseen the immanence of its spectre in terms of its ability to penetrate so profoundly into the breadth and depth of all our lives.

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If there is nervous tension, it will hold the Mūla down.

“If there is nervous tension,
it will hold the Mūla down.”
– TKV Desikachar on the Bandha

Pañca Maya – The five aspects of Being Human…

One way it may be helpful to reflect on the relationship between our lives and our practice is through the model of the Pañca Maya or the five aspects of being human. In this instance through reflecting on the notion that influencing the subtler aspects of the Pañca Maya can impact more powerfully on the gross aspect, whereas influencing the gross aspects of the Pañca Maya may well impact less powerfully on the subtler aspects.

“What does reflecting on our relationship with Annamaya reveal?”

For example what happens at the level of the physical body may not impact that strongly on the increasingly subtler aspects of the Pañca Maya such as our energy processes, social conditionings, latent impressions and emotional drives.

“Freedom of movement within the Annamaya does not
presume
 freedom of movement within the Prāṇamaya.”

Whereas what happens at the subtler levels of being, such as the conscious and unconscious stimuli of our external surroundings and internal processes on the latent impressions and emotional drives, can impact very strongly on how our body functions and responds.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 68 – Āsana works from the outside inwards…

Āsana works from
the outside inwards.
Prāṇāyāma works from
the inside outwards.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 108 – Kriyā Yoga is about how to engage with our challenges…

Kriyā Yoga is about how to engage with our challenges,
especially whilst feeling disengaged by them.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

Design a practice with an emphasis on working with arm movements in Bhujaṅgāsana…

Design a practice with an emphasis on working with arm movements in Bhujaṅgāsana as preparation for Dhanurāsana.

The Vinyāsa Krama or planning steps in the practice will be for a total of 60 working breaths.

– It will be based primarily around Āsana, perhaps with Mudrā.
– In this instance, the practice will not include any sitting Prāṇāyāma or Dhyāna.
– In the planning structure, any link Āsana such as Samasthiti, Śavāsana, Vajrāsana, do not count in the breath tally.
– State the intended direction and outcome of the practice in terms of the goal or goals.
– Indicate the primary or crown you are choosing to build the practice around.
– Justify your choice of supporting or compensatory Āsana within the scheme.

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Yoga Practice Planning and Theory Questions – Collected & Collated