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.

Link to Series: 108 Teaching Path Pointers

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

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

Rāga – Something in us needs to be satisfied.

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Rāga – Something in us needs to be satisfied.”
– TKV Desikachar 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

Actions either take us forwards or backwards.

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Actions either take us forwards or backwards.”
– TKV Desikachar

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 25 – Some are satisfied with what Āsana brings them.

Some are satisfied with what Āsana brings them.
Others are curious as to where Āsana can take them.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

Three Tools in the Application of Yoga 2017

Three Tools in the Application of Yoga
Āsana – Sūtra – Āyurveda
Practice – Psychology – Lifestyle

Four Days of Yoga Teaching on Practice and Study
with Paul Harvey
January 11th – 14th 2017 in Herzliya, Israel

 

  • Theme 1. Teaching Āsana as a Personal Practice
  • Theme 2. Learning Sūtra as a Psychological Practice
  • Theme 3. Exploring Āyurveda as a Lifestyle Practice

Our time together will explore the relationship of the above three themes in the Application or personal application of Yoga to individual situations within 121 teaching relationships.

We will spend our mornings focused around the Study of Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra and Teaching Āsana Practices for different students within 121 situations.

Our afternoons will again focus on Teaching Āsana Practice within 121 situations, as well as Exploring Āyurveda as a Lifestyle Practice.

We will immerse ourselves in the teachings of T Krishnamacharya on the Application of Yoga within 121 situations, as well as exploring his understanding of Haṭha, Rāja and Āyurveda from my 23 years of study with TKV Desikachar.

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Even Yogis have some reaction to what is Yoga.

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“Even Yogis have some reaction to what is Yoga.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Has the word Yoga lost its meaning?

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“Has the word Yoga lost its meaning?”
Question posed by TKV Desikachar August 1983
(over 33 years ago!)

Look at the present moment, what is gone is gone.

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“Look at the present moment,
what is gone is gone.”
– T Krishnamacharya

108 Teaching Path Pointers – 14 – The art of viniyoga presumes that the five application principles of……

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The art of viniyoga presumes that
the five application principles of
1. What is being taught,
2. Why it is being taught,
3. When it is being taught
4. Where it is being taught and especially
5. How it is being taught,
are personally applicable and
socially relevant to
Who is being taught.

Link to Series: 108 Teaching Path Pointers

Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four Study Workbook

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Four Kaivalya Pādaḥ

A Romanised Saṃskṛta verse by verse word by word personal study support workbook for chapter four of the Yoga Sūtra. Further workbooks will be available for the remaining chapter as well as a combined version.

For those wishing to use this workbook as a self study guide exploring the online chapter four 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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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 22 – The less we act from within the field of the present moment the……

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The less we act from within the field of the present moment,
the more we re-act from within the field of past memories.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 3-4

Link to Series: 108 Sutra Study Pointers

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 21 – Yoga is about cultivating a profound discernment of the……

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Yoga is about cultivating a profound discernment
of the difference between
the Nature of our Being and
the Being of our Nature.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-16

Link to Series: 108 Sutra Study Pointers

Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three Study Workbook

Patanjali Yoga Sutra

The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali Chapter Three Vibhūti Pādaḥ

A Romanised Saṃskṛta verse by verse word by word personal study support workbook for chapter three of the Yoga Sūtra. Further workbooks will be available for the remaining chapter as well as a combined version.

For those wishing to use this workbook as a self study guide exploring the online chapter three 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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Unless there is a shift from Manas to Citta it is not possible to do Dhāraṇā……

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“Unless there is a shift from Manas to Citta,
it is not possible to do Dhāraṇā.”
– TKV Desikachar 1998

All models for meditation have a preliminary step, Pūrva Aṅga……

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“All models for meditation have a preliminary step, Pūrva Aṅga,
in which one does things which lead to a situation where Dhyāna may be possible.
Dhyāna, then, the ability to pursue and fix a question,
also requires Pūrva Aṅga, preparation.”

“Proper preparation can involve eliminating divisive forces and
making certain the person is ready for the work.”

“Not everyone needs Pūrva Aṅga.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 2 – Sometimes the Vinyāsa Krama or special placing of steps from is more……

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Sometimes the Vinyāsa Krama,
or special placing of steps from,
is more important than the steps to.
At other times the Vinyāsa Krama,
or special placing of steps to,
is more important than the steps from.
In our life as well as our practice.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Planning Pointers