Yoga is a Saṃskāra, a process that prepares us to……

“Yoga is a Saṃskāra, a process that prepares us to
realise the things we wish to achieve at various moments in life.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1

It is not possible for everyone to reach the same level of meditation……

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“It is not possible for everyone to reach the same level of meditation (Dhyānam),
even meditation should be taught or presented in stages (viniyoga).
It should be used at a level suitable to the student and gradually increased,
start simply and increase in complexity.
This is dependant on the growth of the student and according to the purpose.”
– From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 4 – Mahā Mudrā is a rock on which to take a seat…..

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Mudrā Pointer 4 – Mahā Mudrā is a rock…..

Mahāmudrā is a rock on which to take a seat,
amidst the swirling waves in the ocean that is the Citta.

Link to Series: 108 Mudrā Practice Pointers

There are many postures to suit a variety of different body types…..

“There are many postures to suit a variety of different body types.
Āsana practice is to prepare the body, to sit for Prāṇāyāma.
Āsana also helps to get rid of impurities
so that it is possible to do something deeper, inside the mind.”
– TKV Desikachar England 1992

108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 9 – To be within the presence of the Mantra……..

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To be within the presence of the Mantra
is to be within the presence of Grace.
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

Link to Series: 108 Chanting Practice Pointers

Āsana practice should take into account……

Āsana practice should take into account:
– Where we are – Where am I?
– Where are we going – What is my goal?
– What happens afterwards – How do I continue with my life?
There needs to be steps in the sequence to lead to the goal and counter postures
to prepare for life after the Yoga practice, a Vinyāsa.
The postures need to be visualised prior to being executed, Bhāva.
It is important to prepare for life after a Yoga practice
so that a student is fully prepared for life outside the Yoga room.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar in England 1992

Yoga  is often attributed to Āsana practice alone……

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Yoga  is often attributed to Āsana practice alone,
which is only the part of Yoga focusing on the physical body or servicing the body.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Planning should precede practice….

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Planning should precede practice,
fix your goal, building step by step
and there should be check points along the way.”
– From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Principles behind why Krishnamacharya only taught adults 121……

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“There is another practical thing, it is like what we call Vinyāsa.

At different times, he (Krishnamacharya) has said that any teaching must have the following conditions:

First, from where is the student coming? What is called Deśa. Is he from America, or is he from North India? Teaching must consider whether the person is from one country or another.

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Inhale from top to bottom makes sure that the spine is erect.

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“Inhale (Pūraka) from top to bottom makes sure that the spine is erect.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Moving into the posture after the exhale is an adaptation.

“Moving into the posture after the exhale (Bāhya Kumbhaka) is an adaptation.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

The Doṣa and the Guṇa are related, we need to be able to……

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“The Doṣa and the Guṇa are related,
we need to be able to understand the Guṇa
to be able to understand the Doṣa.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

We can recognise which of our Guṇa is dominant by observation in Āsana practice.

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“We can recognise which of our Guṇa is dominant by observation in Āsana practice.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Primary Prāṇāyāma Techniques as taught by Krishnamacharya and Desikachar

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1. Primary Prāṇāyāma Techniques

Anuloma Ujjāyī
– Inhale or Pūraka both Nostrils with Ujjāyī Throat Control
– Alternate Nostril Exhale (Starting with Left)

Viloma Ujjāyī
– Alternate Nostril Inhale (Starting with Left)
– Exhale or Recaka both Nostrils with Ujjāyī Throat Control

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 23 – Ujjāyī is a breathing technique that can facilitate the ability to remain in the doorway……

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Amongst other roles Ujjāyī is a breathing technique that
can facilitate the ability to remain in the doorway of awareness,
neither going in and introverting, when tempted by the manoeuvring of the mind,
nor going out and extraverting, when tempted by the shimmering of the senses.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 22 – Ultimately our experience of the Āsana is refined through……

Ultimately our experience of the Āsana is refined
through the mystery of the breath,
rather than the mastery of the form.

Link to Series: 108 Yoga Practice Pointers

What we observe today might not be the same tomorrow.

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“What we observe today might not be the same tomorrow.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Devotion is the basis for seeing the truth……

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Devotion is the basis for seeing the truth.
This truth is, the Lord.
But devotion must grow from following ones duty
in a spirit of selflessness and search.”
– TKV Desikachar Commentary on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Three

The position of a particular posture in an Āsana practice will change……

“The position of a particular posture in an Āsana practice will change its effect
and will influence a particular part of the body.”
– From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

According to the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā, Aśvinī Mudrā and Mūla Bandha are……

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According to such as the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā, Aśvinī Mudrā and Mūla Bandha
are seen as very different forms in terms of definition and application.
Regarding application, only Aśvinī Mudrā is focussed around
the repeated contraction of the anal sphincter muscles.

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