108 Dhāraṇā Practice Pointers – 13 – In the Indian tradition some Mantra are known as Mahāvakya…

In the Indian tradition some Mantra
are known as Mahāvakya or great sayings.
They express and re-mind us, in both
a mystical and poetical way, of the
presence of the eternal Awareness
within the everyday flux of existence.

There is one such Mahāvakya, renowned
and beautiful in its profound simplicity as
a heuristic means for revelation, whether
your Sādhana traverses either of two paths.
Either, the Sādhana path of Jñana Dhyānam
or, the Sādhana path of Bhakti Dhyānam.

Namely:

तत् त्वम् असि
Tat Tvam Asi ॥
“That Thou Art”

from the Chāndogya Upaniṣat VI.8.7

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108 Saṃskṛta Core Concept Pointers – 9 – Duḥkha

A lesser known facet of the Yoga Texts and Freenotes section of the Website is the Romanised Saṃskṛta Core Glossary and Cross Reference Guide. It started life as word by word linked index for the online Yoga Sūtra verses offering a meaning and a cross Sūtra reference resource when exploring related verses.

However, as more Yoga Related Texts were added to the online Database, it was obvious that the glossary needed to include relevant terms from other textual sources that matched or correlated with those in the Yoga Sūtra. So, the glossary now includes terms from related sources such as the Sāṃkhya Kārikā and the Gītārtha Saṃgraha, along with selected verses from the Bhagavad Gītā, and Haṭha Yoga Texts, such as the Yoga Rahasya.

The core word is shown in Romanised Saṃskṛta  and Devanāgarī script, along with a suggested translation, or alternative options where it holds different meanings within different contexts. These meanings are complemented by cross referencing with Similar, Opposite and Related Concept options around the Core Word.

Also added to these categories are:
– Links to Related Resources & Longer Articles, as well as
– Collated Related Short Posts & Quotes arranged in Textual and Practice listings.

Both offer further insight and are collated from all the posts involving the Core Word in the Yoga Journal and the Yoga Texts and Freenotes sections of the website. Together, these guidelines will hopefully help the reader navigate and utilise the ever increasing resources within the Glossary.

Meanwhile, as a further study and practice guide, a 108 Saṃskṛta Glossary Word Pointers Series is offered as an invitation into the depth and breadth of this online resource. The highlight words offered within this group within the series are shown below.

108 SAṂSKṚTA CORE CONCEPT POINTERS

9 – DUḤKHA
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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 113 – Āsana brings steadiness, improved health and lightness of limb……

For me, still to this day, one of the simplest,
direct and most succinct definitions on the
purpose of Āsana within the processes and
practices of Haṭha Yoga, is the one offered in
Chapter One verse 17 of the Haṭha Pradīpikā.

It is a definition valid for any situation,
discussion or presentation, or as a response
to questions from any background, or level
of interest around why we practice Āsana.

It can also be a springboard to linking
the body’s physiological qualities, such as
the relationship of Agni, to the energetic
qualities of health and lightness of limb.

Or, an investigation of the commentary by
Brahmānanda, as that explores psychological
qualities such as the relationship of the Guṇa,
Rajas, to mental qualities such as steadiness.

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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 – 112 – Haṭha Yoga has roles other than mere freedom of movement……

Freedom of, or in movement, is obviously an asset
and of course is a useful health and fitness pursuit in
the world of homo-sedens that abounds these days.

However, movement according to the subtle energetic
principles inherent in Haṭha Yoga, implies further roles.
Common to all of which is that Haṭha Yoga involves much
more than merely freedom of movement as an end in itself.

Thus, in Haṭha Yoga the purpose of freedom in movement,
even embedded with useful anatomical tips and insights,
is not the priority that appears to dominate the forms of
Āsana utilised today within many popularist Yoga styles.

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The Viniyoga of Yoga Practice and Yoga Study PDF Repository

The role of this post is to flag a centralised resource

where you can download any material from the cYs Yoga Journal or Yoga Freenotes sections of the website that is also available as a PDF. As of May this year the running total of downloadable PDF’s nears 350, and are correlated within 19 primary groupings, quick links to each are shown below.

Topic Headings for this Resource:
1. Material from & around T Krishnamacharya – Yoga, Yoga Sūtra & other references
2. Material from TKV Desikachar – Yoga, Yoga Sūtra & other reference points
3. Religiousness in Yoga with TKV Desikachar – Chapter by Chapter Study Guides
4. Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram – Darśanam Journal Articles
5. Articles by Srivatsa Ramaswami – Around the teachings of T Krishnamacharya 
6. Collected Yoga Articles, Practice Musings  & Interviews – by Paul Harvey

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 65 – Bhujaṅgāsana is more commonly known as the Cobra posture…

Bhujaṅgāsana is more commonly known as the
Cobra posture and is seen in many Yoga groups
as an example of a “classical” Yoga backbend.

It is an Āsana where the emphasis is intended to be
on arching the entire spine and expanding the upper
chest forwards rather than merely bending backwards.

Its energetic opening actions also make the Āsana
an  essential reference for people’s Yoga practice
as a prone backbend in one form or another.

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108 Saṃskṛta Core Concept Pointers – 8 – Samādhi

A lesser known facet of the Yoga Texts and Freenotes section of the Website is the Romanised Saṃskṛta Core Glossary and Cross Reference Guide. It started life as word by word linked index for the online Yoga Sūtra verses offering a meaning and a cross Sūtra reference resource when exploring related verses.

However, as more Yoga Related Texts were added to the online Database, it was obvious that the glossary needed to include relevant terms from other textual sources that matched or correlated with those in the Yoga Sūtra. So, the glossary now includes terms from related sources such as the Sāṃkhya Kārikā and the Gītārtha Saṃgraha, along with selected verses from the Bhagavad Gītā, and Haṭha Yoga Texts, such as the Yoga Rahasya.

The core word is shown in Romanised Saṃskṛta  and Devanāgarī script, along with a suggested translation, or alternative options where it holds different meanings within different contexts. These meanings are complemented by cross referencing with Similar, Opposite and Related Concept options around the Core Word.

Also added to these categories are:
– Links to Related Resources & Longer Articles, as well as
– Collated Related Short Posts & Quotes arranged in Textual and Practice listings.

Both offer further insight and are collated from all the posts involving the Core Word in the Yoga Journal and the Yoga Texts and Freenotes sections of the website. Together, these guidelines will hopefully help the reader navigate and utilise the ever increasing resources within the Glossary.

Meanwhile, as a further study and practice guide, a 108 Saṃskṛta Glossary Word Pointers Series is offered as an invitation into the depth and breadth of this online resource. The highlight words offered within this group within the series are shown below.

108 SAṂSKṚTA CORE CONCEPT POINTERS

3 – ĀSANA
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4 – PRĀṆĀYĀMA
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5 – PRATYĀHĀRA
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6 – DHĀRAṆĀ
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7 – DHYĀNA
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8 – SAMĀDHI
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Patañjali defines Yoga as a particular state of mind…

Patañjali defines Yoga as a particular state of mind.
This can be developed through Abhyāsa and Vairāgya.
Abhyāsa is the effort to remain there,
Patañjali doesn’t say what this effort is.
Vairāgya is when somebody is not interested in
what is in the senses, or what is beyond the senses.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

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If one takes care of the breath much more happens…

Criteria for the quality of Āsana

“If one takes care of the breath much more happens.
Perhaps some bad effects can be reduced.
But, because of its importance we can force it on people
and they find it difficult to understand the
mechanics and application, such as counting.”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

One must be present in the action…

Criteria for the quality of Āsana

1. One must be present in the action.
2. Even with the eyes closed one must recognise the Āsana.
3. One should not suffer and want to be away from the Āsana.
4. It is the breath which defines the quality of the Āsana.
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

In the beginning the breath must be good…

Criteria for the quality of Āsana

1. In the beginning the breath must be good.
2. As one progresses the breath must still be good,
but the Āsana is better than it was.
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

In other words, begin your practice from where you are…

Principles behind the Practice of Āsana

In other words:
Begin your practice from where you are.
Finish your practice where you are going.
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

Do not fight yourself…

Principles behind the Practice of Āsana

1. Do not fight yourself.
2. Do not take your body for granted.
3. We must consider and relate age and interest.
4. Start with something normal or neutral.
5. Let the first part of the practice be an investigation into how you feel.
6. Have some aim in your practice.
7. Let the goal also be that you have enough time to come back to a normal body posture.
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

What appears as Yoga to an outsider is…

“What appears as Yoga to
an outsider is mainly the
physical aspects of our practice.
They will not be aware of
how we breathe,
how we feel the breath,
and how we co-ordinate
breathing with physical movement.
They tend to be interested only
in our flexibility and suppleness.”
– TKV Desikachar 1976

The test for intelligent effort is the response of the breath…

Principles behind the Practice of Āsana

“The test for intelligent effort
is the response of the breath.
Therefore, the technique is
proper and intelligent effort
and the response of the
breath to that effort.”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

We investigate the reaction of the effort on the breath…

Principles behind the Practice of Āsana

“We investigate the reaction
of the effort on the breath.
The sound and speed of the
breath expresses the effort.
Therefore, in Āsana, there
is a relationship between
the effort and the breath.”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

With step by step intelligent application…

Principles behind the Practice of Āsana

“With step by step
intelligent application,
less effort is required.
In other words, effort
that will reduce effort.”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

In technique, as stated by Patañjali, we must apply effort…

Principles behind the Practice of Āsana

“In technique, as stated by Patañjali,
we must apply effort, but not force.
That effort must be intelligent.
The difference in effort and
force can cause a reaction.
Perhaps more reaction than action?”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

People come to study Yoga for many reasons……

Of the Four Aspects of the Breath which is more important

“People come to study Yoga for many reasons,
however they fall into two groups.
They come to learn or study, or they come
to us for support rather than to study.
So the Yoga we offer to the person
who is inquiring is not the Yoga we
offer to the person seeking protection.
Therefore one can give the wrong advice
to the right person and vice versa.
This can do more harm than if the
person had not come. The intention
must be right, as must be the execution.”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

What are the impediments which disturb the mind?

“What are the impediments which disturb the mind?
What are these called and how many are there?
The obstacles in question are nine in number
and are discussed in the next Sūtra.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

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