Fix yourself on something that doesn’t change….

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“Fix yourself on something that doesn’t change
and seek something higher than material things.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 45

Where there is Duḥkha, there is Avidyā.

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‎”Where there is Duḥkha, there is Avidyā.”
– TKV Desikachar 1995

108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 6 – Chanting is a practice that uses language to experience ‘That’……

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Chanting is a practice that uses language
to experience ‘That’ which is beyond language.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 18 – The Das Indriya or ten senses of experience and action……

The Dasa Indriya or ten senses of experience and action,
whilst seen as belonging to the Bāhya Aṅga or five external limbs
in the eight limb Aṣṭa Aṅga Yoga of Patañjali,
are also the gateway to the Antar Aṅga or three internal limbs.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 54

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 1 – Jaṭhara Parivṛtti and Movement

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Postural Practice Pointer 1 – Jaṭhara Parivṛtti and Movement

When coming up focus on on the lower leg lifting up the upper leg,
rather than the upper leg hauling up the lower leg.

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The Ten Senses or Das Indriya are the gateway between…….

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The ten senses or Das Indriya are the gateway between the inner and the outer,
in the twin roads of this phenomena we call experience or action.

The five senses that transport experience from the outer to the inner
are called the Jñāna Indriya, or the senses through which we receive the world.

The five senses that transport actions from the the inner to the outer
are called the Karma Indriya, or the senses through which we put out into the world.

The co-ordinator of this remarkable interface is known as Manas.
The identifier in this remarkable process is known as Ahaṃkāra.
The discerner in this remarkable trinity is known as Buddhi.
The observer in this remarkable play of experience and action is known as Cit or Puruṣa.

Yoga Postures in Practice – A series on Āsana by Paul Part 2 Tāḍāsana

Part Two – Growing from our Roots with Tāḍāsana

This is the second in a series of articles presenting the core principles for āsana practice as taught to me through many years of personal lessons in India with my teacher TKV Desikachar.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 17 – Prāṇāyāma brings fitness of the mind for concentration.

As Prāṇāyāma dissolves the covering of the light,
fitness of the mind for concentration arises.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 53

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 16 – From Prāṇāyāma the covering of the light dissolves.

From Prāṇāyāma the covering of the light dissolves.
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 52

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 15 – Negative reasoning such as harming and the rest……

Negative reasoning such as harming and the rest;
may be done, brought about, or by approval;
is preceded by greed, anger or delusion;
may be mild, moderate or intense;
its infinite fruits are suffering and ignorance;
thus cultivate the opposite side.
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 34

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 14 – When oppressed by negative reasoning cultivate the opposite side.

When oppressed by negative reasoning cultivate the opposite side.
– Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33

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Yoga is not an escape from life but an approach to living.

Yoga is not an escape from life but an approach to living.

‎”Yoga is not an escape from life but an approach to living.”
TKV Desikachar England 1976

T Krishnamacharya on Kriyā Yoga from the Yogavallī

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The Yoga Sūtra is divided into four chapters.

The first chapter called Samādhi Pādaḥ assumes the aspirant has progressed adequately to be in a state called Samāhita.

Such a person is not easily agitated.
They have a clearer perception to comprehend concepts such as Īśvara, Vairāgya.

What about others who are known as Vyutthita Citta,
a mind easily prone to agitations and distractions?

This second chapter known as Sādhana Pādaḥ caters to them.

Chapter Two verse 1 – Kriyā Yoga

“The activites of Yoga are
self discipline, self-inquiry and contemplation on the divine.”

The first step consists of:

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Svādhyāya is an inquiry into one’s true nature.

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Svādhyāya is an inquiry into one’s true nature.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

The three Upāya to take control of our inability to see things clearly…….

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तपः स्वाध्यायेश्वरप्रणिधानानि क्रियायोगः ॥१॥
tapaḥ svādhyāya-īśvara-praṇidhānāni kriyā-yogaḥ |
“The activities of Yoga are self-discipline, self-study and contemplation on the divine.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

“The three Upāya to take control of our inability to see things clearly.

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It is not enough to clean a vessel, you must put something in.

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‎”It is not enough to clean a vessel,
you must put something in.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

We cannot say that this Āsana or this Prāṇāyāma can be given……

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“We cannot say that this Āsana or this Prāṇāyāma can be given for this disease.”
– T Krishnamacharya 1984

If a person can’t exhale from the lower abdomen then you can be sure……

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‎”If a person can’t exhale from the lower abdomen
then you can be sure their Mūla is gone.”
– T Krishnamacharya

108 Study Path Pointers – 11 – Reflection on Saṃkalpa – The Art of Volition……

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Yesterdays Smṛti can become Todays Saṃskāra,
without Tomorrows Saṃkalpa being re-affirmed,
through Todays Sādhana each and every day.
– Reflection on Saṃkalpa – The Art of Volition

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What sustains Saṃkalpa day after day?

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“What sustains Saṃkalpa day after day?”
– TKV Desikachar 1998