108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 56 – Is our Yoga Practice an offering to the Ātma……

Is our Yoga Practice,
an offering to the ĀtmaBuddhi Dynamic or,
a gratification for our ManasIndriya expectations?

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 47 – Feelings from the past remain eternally potent ravagers…….

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Feelings from the past remain eternally potent ravagers,
especially pervasive within the illusion of our present and
with it a tendency to recreate an old shape from our past,
whilst we are believing it to be a new shape for our future.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 27

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108 Study Path Pointers – 23 – The primary purpose for Āsana is to take us towards Yoga……

The primary purpose for Āsana is to take us towards Yoga,
rather than just taking us towards more and more Āsana.

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The more you try to know Īśvara the more you come to know your self.

“The more you try to know Īśvara,
the more you come to know your self.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 55 – It is possible to have left the practice……

It is possible to have left the practice,
even before we have got onto the mat.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 46 – We look at the world through the eyes of……

We look at the world through the eyes of
our needs and expectations.
– Commentary around Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 17

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When the mind is not very clear……

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“When the mind is not very clear,
you only get the message from the mind.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 4

When the mind is very clear……

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“When the mind is very clear,
you get the message from deep inside.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 3

108 Teaching Path Pointers – 38 – looking at inventive ways of accessing a particular Āsana

I wonder whether too much time is being spent around
looking at inventive ways of performing a particular Āsana,
rather than looking at questions around its role and purpose in Yoga.
A rationale to consider as to why or even whether we need to do it?

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 21 – Backbends disturb the length and quality of the exhale……

Postural Practice Pointer 21 – Backbends disturb the exhale

Backbends disturb the length and quality of the exhale,
in that they impact the Apāna and push the Mūla downwards.
Thus we need to consider an appropriate Pratikriyā Āsana
to compensate for this disturbance to the Apāna Sthāna.
Hence Pratikriyā such as Apānāsana to restore the Apāna.

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Mystery is always present; it need not be limited to symbols or God……

“Mystery is always present;
it need not be limited to symbols or God.
It can be found in anything, provided we seek it.
It is in the hands of the seeker, not in the object.
Mystery is always there, everywhere,
provided the seeker is serious.”
TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga
‘A Session for Questions’
Chapter Sixteen Page 230

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 54 – I find my personal practice mat a place to face myself……

I find my personal practice mat a place to face myself.
Thus when I feel resistance to getting onto my mat,
I find it helpful to ask myself a question around,
what is it in myself that I don’t want to face today.

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The Art of Sūtra Psychology – Personal Sādhana Study Modules 2019-2022

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I was privileged to be able to study the Yoga Sūtra in its entirety over three times, word by word, Sūtra by Sūtra along with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar, within the intimacy and vitality of private lessons over 23 years of visits to Chennai.

“The beauty of the Sūtra is that they are only related to the mind.
Thus they stand above various religions and can be studied and
related to by all types of persons from all types of religions.”

– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 1

Rooted through this traditional method of transmission the Yoga Sūtra have long been a support for my personal Yoga practice and study Sādhana. With this in mind I designed a range of Workshop and Course Modules with detailed Yoga Sūtra Workbooks to facilitate being able to offer these teachings to individuals and small study groups of five students for both a personal and professional pursuit.

The Art of Sūtra Psychology Module One Workshops

Offer a 2 day Module as an opportunity for a student from any Yoga background or style to have an in-depth introduction to the primary principles and teachings introducing and underpinning the Yoga Sūtra and how they can inspire and guide our personal Yoga practice and study Sādhana, either for personal development or, if relevant, professional skills.

  • Module One – Yoga Sūtra Overview Chapters 1-4

Upcoming Dates for 2019 Module One Workshops – for groups of five students:

The Art of Sūtra Psychology – Module One Two Day Workshop December 7/8th 2019

Upcoming Dates for 2020 Module One Workshops – for groups of five students:

The Art of Sūtra Psychology – Module One Two Day Workshop November 7/8th 2020

Upcoming Dates for 2021 Module One Workshops – for groups of five students:

The Art of Sūtra Psychology – Module One Two Day Workshop November 6/7th 2021

(Follow this link for details of Online Art of Sūtra Psychology 121 eStudy Module 1 options)

The Art of Sūtra Psychology Modules Two – Five Courses 

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 53 – It is possible to achieve the form of an Āsana without accessing the function……

It is possible to achieve the form of an Āsana
without accessing the function of an Āsana.
In other words accessing the form of an Āsana
does not guarantee accessing its function.

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The Art of Sāṃkhya Philosophy Module One Workshop February 22/23rd 2020

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Module One Art of Sāṃkhya Philosophy
– Exploring the Primary Principles of Sāṃkhya and its relationship to Yoga

The Art of Sāṃkhya Philosophy Module One Workshop offers a weekend opportunity for a student from any Yoga background or style to have an in-depth introduction to the primary principles and teachings from the Sāṃkhya Kārikā and how they can inspire and guide our personal Yoga practice and study Sādhana, either for personal development or, if relevant, professional skills.

“Sāṃkhya has been fundamental in its influence on the philosophical foundations
underpinning such as Yoga, Buddhism and Āyurveda.”

Based in the Cotswolds, it is open to all except complete beginners and is limited to around five students to allow for a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student.

Upcoming Dates

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 45 – One of the aims in Yoga is to yoke to…..

One of the aims in Yoga is to yoke to
the more discerning aspects of the psyche,
rather than to the more distracting aspects of the psyche.
– Commentary around Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 37 – Consider Āsana as vehicles to transmit the fundamental principles of practice……

As a teacher it can be helpful to consider Āsana as
vehicles to transmit the fundamental principles of practice.
For example a cardinal principle of practice is that Āsana
have a primary and a secondary aspect within their Lakṣana.
Thus we must inquire into what is the primary aspect in this Āsana,
and what is the secondary aspect in this particular Āsana?
The idea is to maintain the integrity of the primary characteristics.
Thus we may need to compromise the secondary characteristics.
For example in Uttānāsana to sustain the primary work in the spine
we can consider a secondary compromise by releasing the knees.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 52 – Āsana is the primary choice to work the breath.

Āsana is the primary choice to work the breath.
Prāṇāyāma is the primary choice to refine the breath.

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The idea is to bridge the gap that is between what exists and what is desired….

“The idea is to bridge the gap that is between what exists and what is desired.
This is what Abhyāsa refers to. This is not exactly practice.
1. We first require an appreciation of what we want to do or learn.
2. We then find out how to travel or go in that direction.
3. We then learn the techniques by which we travel.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 51 – Is it a misdirection within Āsana from talking about effects on the body…..

maha_mudraIs it a misdirection within Āsana from talking
about effects on the body as if on the spine?
Thus too much focus on talking about effects on the body
and not enough on looking at the actual effects on the spine?

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Online Art of Sūtra Psychology – 121 eStudy Module One

The Online Art of Sūtra Psychology – 121 eStudy Module One
Clear your Flow Exploring Awareness within Mind and Emotions

This particular eStudy Module One consists of nine 121 live video meetings to facilitate a personalised approach and in-depth transmission between teacher and student. It introduces the student, through an online teaching dialogue, to the primary principles and essential teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar within the Yoga Sūtra.

It is open to all except complete beginners and offers an opportunity for any Yoga Student, teacher or trainee teacher from any Yoga background to develop and deepen their personal Yoga Sādhana.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 36 – I feel we need to ensure that we use our practice……

I feel we need to ensure that
we use our practice to support our teaching,
rather than using our teaching to support our practice.

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Abhyāsa means constant effort and attention in order to continue in one direction……

Abhyāsa means constant effort and attention
in order to continue in one direction.
We must never break this process because we
never really know in advance how things might change”
TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga
‘A Session for Questions’
Chapter Sixteen Page 223

108 Study Path Pointers – 22 – It’s not until I understand how to cultivate a space in My self……

It’s not until I understand how to
cultivate a space within My self
can I begin to experience that
which is the essence of the Self.

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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 35 – There are those Yoga teachers who speak to your fantasies…….

There are those Yoga teachers who speak to your fantasies
and those Yoga teachers who speak to your realities.

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