108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 104 – Bṛṃhaṇa Kriyā has a Lakṣaṇa of feeling brighter…

Bṛṃhaṇa Kriyā
has a Lakṣaṇa of
feeling brighter in
the Prāṇa Sthāna.
Laṅghana Kriyā
has a Lakṣaṇa of
feeling lighter in
the Apāna Sthāna.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

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

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

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 103 – Bhāvana on Directional Breathing within a Śikṣaṇa Practice…

Bhāvana on Directional Breathing within Śikṣaṇa Practice

When inhaling, start the movement in the
Prāṇa Sthāna from the Viśuddhi Sthāna
and move the inhale as if towards the
diaphragm without distending the belly.
When exhaling, start the movement in the
Apāna Sthāna from the Svādhiṣṭhāna Sthāna
and move the exhale as if towards the
diaphragm without collapsing the chest.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

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 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 29 – The ‘seed’ of potential for Ujjāyī as an Ajapā Mantra…


The ‘seed’ of potential for Ujjāyī as an
Ajapā Mantra abides within the ‘shell’ of
a Bhāvana for Ujjāyī as a Dhāraṇā Deśa.
The Deśa also needs to be supported by
utilising a locationally relevant Ādhāra,
as in this instance, the Viśuddhi Ādhāra.
Further considerations can be around the
linking of the sound of Ujjāyī to a semantic
thought-form, by adding Mano Japā Rūpa to
this Ajapā, as some do through using Haṃsa.
However, one could argue that this formation,
shifting from a non-language feeling-based
experience into a language thought-based
experience, can detract from the Bhāvana,
in that a unique Lakṣaṇa of Ujjāyī resides in
the notion of ‘sounding’ without language.

Link to Series: 108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers

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

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

108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 28 – Ujjāyī is a form of Ajapā Mantra…

Bhāvana on Ujjāyī as a Dhāraṇā Deśa

Ujjāyī is a form of Ajapā Mantra.”

Link to Series: 108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers

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

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

108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 27 – What defines the transition between Cikitsā Krama, Rakṣaṇa Krama and

What defines the transition between
Cikitsā Krama, Rakṣaṇa Krama and
Śikṣaṇa Krama is the desire to practice
Prāṇāyāma for the sake of Prāṇāyāma,
rather than for purposes such as recovery, or
preventative health, or constitutional support,
or reducing agitation, or promoting relaxation.
Exploring Prāṇāyāma as Prāṇāyāma offers the
potential to propagate a fresh perspective into
the relationship between Prāṇa and Nirodha.

Link to Series: 108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers

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

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

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 152 – Śraddhā – A sense of confidence arising from the source.

Śraddhā
A sense of confidence
arising from the source.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Questions – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Reflections – Collected & Collated into Chapters
TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Yoga Teaching Path Pointers – 46 – The First and Second Chapters of the Yoga Sūtra can be linked…

The First and Second Chapters of the Yoga Sūtra
can be linked to the teaching concepts of
Śikṣaṇa, Rakṣaṇa and Cikitsā Krama.
In that the Samādhi Yoga in Chapter One
can be seen as apt for a Śikṣaṇa situation,
whereby the primary aim is discernment, as in
exploring what lies within the sense of I-Am.
Whereas in Chapter Two, the Kriya Yoga section
can be seen as being apt for a Cikitsā situation,
whereby the primary aim is recovering, as in
reducing agitation through lifestyle changes.
and the Bāhya Aṅga section of Aṣṭāṅga Yoga
can be seen as being apt for a Rakṣaṇa situation,
whereby the primary aim is establishing stability,
through a formal practice within a Yoga Sādhana.

Link to Series: 108 Teaching Path Pointers

108 Postural Practice Pointers – 40 – Bhāvana on Śavāsana within an…

Bhāvana on Śavāsana within a Śikṣaṇa Āsana practice.

Inherent within the application of Śavāsana
as an Āsana within a Śikṣaṇa Krama practice,
is the active cultivation of a quality of Nirodha,
or what can be described as ‘witness awareness’.
As in the notion of the Cit observing the Citta.
Thus, a key to directing the attention in
Śavāsana, is to intentionally cultivate
a quality of passive observation.

Link to Series: 108 Postural Practice Pointers

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

108 Postural Practice Pointers – 39 – The role of Śavāsana within the Viniyoga of…

The role of Śavāsana within the Viniyoga of…

Within the application of Cikitsā Krama
Śavāsana is a position for relaxation.
Within the application of Rakṣaṇa Krama
Śavāsana is an Āsana for resting.
Within the application of Śikṣaṇa Krama 
Śavāsana is an Āsana for observation.

Link to Series: 108 Postural Practice Pointers

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

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 102 – Energetically in terms of Prāṇa and Cakra, we seek to expand and lengthen…

Energetically, in terms of Prāṇa
and Cakra, we seek to expand
and lengthen the upper part of
the body above the diaphragm.
Energetically, in terms of Apāna
and Cakra, we seek to reduce
and shorten the lower part of
the body below the diaphragm.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

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

108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 9 – Better not to confuse what are merely meditational practices…

Better not to confuse what are
merely meditational practices,
with the practice of meditation.
The former may be taught as a
learning step towards the latter.
The latter is something that really
can’t be taught, but can be learnt.

Link to Series: 108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 151 – Yoga is about being more with the experience of seeing…

Yoga is about being more with
the experience of seeing rather
than the experience of the seen.
Bhogā is about being more with
the experience of the seen rather
than the experience of seeing.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 3

T Krishnamacharya Sūtra Quotes Collected and Collated
TKV Desikachar Sūtra Quotes Collected and Collated
Paul’s Sūtra Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali
Paul’s Sūtra Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Sūtra Questions – Collected & Collated into Chapters

The Viniyoga of Āsana – Planning an Appropriate Āsana Practice

Planning an Appropriate Āsana Practice

How can we consider factors around the planning of an appropriate Āsana practice?

For example, how would we consider the following situation:

  • Rising at 6.30 am
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Stiffness in the legs
  • Nostrils blocked
  • Stomach tight
  • Head feeling heavy
  • Work meeting at 8.30 am (20 minutes walking time needed)

We can find out how much time is available, say 30′. So now we can prepare a practice. Though, whatever principles we use there are certain things that need to happen.

However, we should have respect for:

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Yoga is a mystery. It does not mean the same thing to each and every one…

viniyoga

“Yoga is a mystery.
It does not mean the same thing to each and every one.
In spite of the vast field it covers curing
chronic ailments, extra-sensory perception, etc,
hardly anyone is able to define it in simple terms.
Where is then the hope of experiencing its true significance?
What about the risks of inappropriate use of Yoga methods and practices?
Why are so many people all over the world taking the word
and the substance of Yoga so lightly, so ridiculously?
Like everything, Yoga must be presented intelligently.
It should be spoken of carefully and offered according to
the aspiration, requirements and culture of the individual.
This should be done in stages.
Systematic application of Yoga, be it
concerned with physical exercises, deep breathing,
relaxation, meditation, lifestyle, food, studies,
is the need of the day.
This I believe – is what the word Viniyoga represents.”
TKV Desikachar

The Spirit of Viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself……

viniyoga

“The Spirit of Viniyoga is starting
from where one finds oneself.
As everybody is different and
changes from time to time, there
can be no common starting point,
and ready-made answers are useless.
The present situation must be examined
and the habitually established
status must be re-examined.”
TKV Desikachar

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 30 – Finally, whatever the Practice Aims or Intended Learning Outcomes….

General Guidelines for Setting Practice Aims and Learning Outcomes:

9. Finally, whatever the Practice Aims,
or the Intended Learning Outcomes,
try to conserve the Spirit of Viniyoga.

Āsana Mudrā & Prāṇāyāma
– Collected Viniyoga of Practice Planning Principles

Āsana Mudrā & Prāṇāyāma
– Collected Practice Planning and Practice Theory Questions

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 29 – Thus the relationship between Aims and Intended Learning Outcomes…

General Guidelines for Setting Practice Aims and Learning Outcomes:

8. Thus the relationship between Aims
and Intended Learning Outcomes
needs to consider the ‘What’ as
being very different from the ‘Who’.

Āsana Mudrā & Prāṇāyāma
– Collected Viniyoga of Practice Planning Principles

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 28 – Allow for any unexpected or unintended learning outcomes.

General Guidelines for Setting Practice Aims and Learning Outcomes:

7. Allow for any unexpected or
unintended learning outcomes.

Āsana Mudrā & Prāṇāyāma
– Collected Viniyoga of Practice Planning Principles

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 27 – Consider the accumulative effect of Āsana and Pratikriyāsana…

General Guidelines for Setting Practice Aims and Learning Outcomes:

6. If being practised regularly, consider
the impact of the accumulative effect
of Āsana and Pratikriyāsana, in any
one practice, and especially over time
on any aims and intended outcomes.
Observations here can be helped by
keeping the practice concise, consistent
and coherent in intention and execution.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 26 – Consider, the Physiological, Energetic and Psychological aspects of practice…

General Guidelines for Setting Practice Aims and Learning Outcomes:

5. Consider, the Physiological, Energetic
and Psychological aspects of practice.
Perhaps exploring intended learning
outcomes across five areas that practice
can enable us to interact with, namely the
Body, Spine, Breath, Mind and Emotions.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated