108 Postural Practice Pointers – 30 – The starting point for the Āsana is the breath…

Postural Practice Pointer 30 – The Starting point for the Āsana

The starting point for the Āsana is the breath.
The finishing point for the Āsana is the breath.
The journey between the two is via the breath.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 84 – Taking care within the ‘small’ arisings…

Taking care within the ‘small’ arisings
is directly related to our capacity to
take care within the ‘big’ arisings.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 2

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 83 – Better to be creators of our future…

Better to be
creators of our future,
rather than
curators of our past.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 16

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What is the nature of the Dṛśya or what can be perceived…

“What is the nature of the Dṛśya or what can be perceived?
It has three qualities; it reveals, it acts, it has substance.

It has many components, the objects known and the means to know them.
They serve two roles.
When in strong association with the perceiver they produce pleasure or pain
when this association is absent they let the perceiver visualise its own nature.

Experience of pleasure or pain is by the perceiver.
Freedom from them is also its fundamental situation.
This freedom is no different from Mukti.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 18

We can really see the weaknesses of a body when a person is becoming tired…

“We can really see the weaknesses of a body when a person is becoming tired. Sometimes we have to bring the body to its limits for physical or psychological weaknesses to appear.

This need not take a long time; we just have to put the person in an unusual position. Someone who can easily sit in Daṇḍāsana, for example, could be asked to lean backward.

Someone who can do Utkaṭāsana could be asked to squat with one foot slightly in front of the other, comparing the two sides.

Breathing can also be used. It is possible to save time by asking someone to add special breathing requirements to their Āsana. They will be concerned about these and problems in the body may appear faster. For example repeating Uttānāsana twelve times with a 15″ inhale.”
– TKV Desikachar

108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 27 – A key to unlocking the mystery of Yoga is the breath.

A key to unlocking the mystery of Yoga is the breath.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 82 – What is it we are prepared to give up…

What is it we are prepared to give up,
in terms of that we know we know?
In order to be open to experiencing,
that which we don’t know we know.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 25

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 81 – We need to be able to separate our past from our present…

 

We need to be able to separate
our past from our present,
in order to move forward
within our meditational path.
The same applies as we move
forward within our life path.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 43

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 80 – Intelligent Yoga practice invites you into the field of the Heart…

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Intelligent Yoga practice invites you
into the field of the Heart within which
resides the mystery of its meaning.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verse 34

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 64 – Listening to the breath between Āsana is more important than…

Listening to the breath between Āsana is more
important than listening to the mind between Āsana.

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What causes Duḥkha?

“What causes Duḥkha?
In the school of Sāṃkhya it arises from within, or from external influences,
or from extraordinary phenomena such as drought, storm, earthquake.
However, the experience of Duḥkha is not the same for everyone.
The same circumstance may not bring Duḥkha in everyone.
Hence the cause of Duḥkha is associationAssociation implies “two”,
that which is “associated to” and that which is the “cause of association.”
In Yoga they are known as Draṣṭṛ and Dṛśya;
that which perceives and that which is perceived.
The next three Sūtra describe them.
How these two get associated is a subject matter of great debate.
Suffice it to say that this mystery is the Lord’s will.”
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 17

108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 11 – To help facilitate the characteristics  inherent within a particular ratio…

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Prāṇāyāma Pointer 11 – Bhāvana for Mental Counting

To help facilitate the characteristics
inherent within a particular ratio,
the mental counting needs to be
stronger than the mental mood.

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Śavāsana is the road between cities…

Śavāsana is the road between cities‎”Śavāsana
is the road between cities.”
TKV Desikachar England 1976

Navaratri or the Nine Nights of Durgā as a time for Mantra Sādhana……

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The nine-night long Navaratri, an important occasion in India, is celebrated as a time to honour the Divine Feminine, especially the Goddess Durgā within the Indian tradition. It will commence today Saturday 17th October 2020, the first day of the month of Aśvin, according to the Hindu calendar. During this time the primary focus is Durgā manifesting through three primary aspects of the Divine Feminine.

Thus for the first three nights the focus is around the Divine Feminine in her power-bestowing aspect known as Durgā. For the second three nights the focus is around the Divine Feminine in her prosperity-bestowing aspect known as Lakṣmī. For the third three nights the focus is around the Divine Feminine in her wisdom-bestowing aspect known as Sarasvatī.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 79 – Yoga is about learning  how to……

Yoga is about learning how to
get out of the way of the Way.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 43

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 4 – The way to Yoga is experienced through the art of living skilfully……

The way to Yoga is experienced
through the art of living skilfully
within the defects of translation,
rather than aspiring romantically
after the effects of transcendence.
– Paul Harvey on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 50

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T Krishnamacharya’s accomplishments should not be defined just by his more well known characterisations……

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I feel Krishnamacharya’s accomplishments should not be defined just by his more well known characterisations, such as his remarkable philosophical background being applied to contextualising traditional Indian texts from within a Yoga viewpoint, or his unique access to Haṭha teachings and texts and innovating from these resources when choreographing modern postural Āsana synthesises for children and young adults.

“All of Krishnamacharya’s and Desikachar’s
life work focused on the training of students,
some of whom then went on to become teachers.”

However, what he is less well known for is his work with individual students, probably because it happened behind closed doors and students rarely had cause to speak about it to others. Nor would they have reason to want to teach it to others as it had been taught to them, as it was given at a particular moment in time, within a unique situation, with a specific purpose and within a private, rather than a public group setting.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 63 – Specific breathing patterns in Āsana………

Specific breathing patterns in Āsana
ensure a harmony
a sense of involvement
allow an investigation into the Āsana
offer a mirror for observing subtle changes
within our responses to the Āsana
and its place within the practice.

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The Viniyoga of Āsana Part 7 of 15 – Different Types of Postural Activity in Āsana Practice

7. Different Types of Postural Activity in Āsana Practice

Generally in terms of Āsana practice we can consider two types of physical activity:

– Dynamic or Movement and Stay or Static.

1. Dynamic is the movement aspect of an Āsana or posture.

– Though some Āsana are more suited to Movement or Dynamic Work

For Example:

2. Stay is the Static aspect of an Āsana or posture.

– Though some Āsana are more suited to Stay or Static Work

For Example:

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 29 – Bhāvana on the rear leg when moving in and out of Parśva Uttānāsana

Postural Practice Pointer 29 – Bhāvana on the rear leg when moving in and out of Parśva Uttānāsana

In keeping with the Bhāvana in Parśva Uttānāsana
around the intelligent leg being the rear leg.
Consider when entering and leaving the pose dynamically
paying attention to the rear leg remaining a working leg;
within the tendency for the front leg to increasingly
become the supporting leg as the body lowers and
the bracing leg as the trunk is raised upwards.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 78 – To discern what can become knowing……

To discern what can become knowing,
we may need to give up what can be believed.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 48

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T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated……

Over the past seven years I have been posting quotes and commentaries from T Krishnamacharya 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 presentation of aspects of the textual side of Desikachar’s and Krishnamacharya’s teaching already developing as an online access through:

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

This new resource can be found at:

T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated

108 Postural Practice Pointers – 28 – Bhāvana when staying in Ardha Matsyendrāsana

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Postural Practice Pointer 28 – Bhāvana when staying in Ardha Matsyendrāsana

In terms of weight bearing pressure on the front foot and rear hand.
Keep all the toes on the front foot as if nailed to the ground, and the
ground contact weight in the rear fingers, as if as light as a feather.

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cYs Practitioner Training Programme Retreat Extract 3 – Self Planning & Self Practice

cYs Practitioner Training Programme 2004 Retreat Extract 3

Session 4 – Self Planning & Self Practice

This was a five day mid-afternoon Prāṇāyāma only planning and practice project for year Four students within a four year Practitioner Training Programme.

The format was:

  • 5′ Pulse taking
  • 15′ Prāṇāyāma Planning
  • 10’ Group Chanting
  • 15′ Prāṇāyāma Practice
  • 5’ Sitting
  • 5′ Pulse taking
  • 5’ For recording your pulse, personal notes or reflections from the practice

The Bhāvana practice proposition and Prāṇāyāma practice techniques that set each afternoons focus, technique and crown ratio are shown below.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 77 – From Meditation arises Integration……

From Meditation
arises Integration.
The Splendour of Knowing
Connective Moments of
Containment within the Psyche.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter 3 verse 3

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