Changes are according to the predisposition of the Saṃskāra…

Changes are according to
the predisposition of the
Saṃskāra of the person,
and therefore not identical,
and therefore may not be
what the source desires.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 180 – Chapter Four verses 4 and 5  talk about the medium and potential…

Chapter Four verses 4 and 5 talk about the medium
and potential of the link both to and from Nimitta.
This link is through Asmitā, though the openness
and motive within the link determines its quality.
Asmitā is the common channel of communication.
However the quality of the link depends on how much
Asmitā is coloured by Kleśa, or uncoloured by Jñāna.
Thus, when Asmitā Kleśa dominates, the link and the
quality of the communication are potentially impaired.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 4-5

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 179 – Those who use their Nimitta have another facility at their disposal…

Those who use their Nimitta have another facility at
their disposal. They have the ability to influence another.
In that they can change other people’s states of mind.
Asmitā is the common source of this influence over another.
The link between teacher and student is through Asmitā.
The more open the link the stronger the influences.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 4

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 178 – To start with, Nimitta is usually an external agency…

To start with, Nimitta is usually an external agency, but this
external agency must itself also be linked to some Nimitta.
In early life for example, our parents, friends or teachers can
be a Nimitta. As to Yoga, the best external Nimitta is a teacher.
Here, the teacher’s role is to help guide you towards your internal
Nimitta, in that the teacher will get to know you and support you
with the appropriate means for your journey from outer to inner.
From this process, a mirror for Nimitta can be through any number
of things, for example Dharma or even Duḥkha can offer guidance.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 177 – Metaphorically speaking, we are all made of the same clay…

Metaphorically speaking, we are all made of the same clay.
Therefore, we all have a similar potential for change.
However, to make something different out of this clay,
a wheel is needed, but this is no use without a potter.
Here, the skill of the potter is crucial.
Patañjali uses the word Nimitta
as a cause for change in the clay.
Hence, the potter is Nimitta.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 110 – These days, is  there any difference between Breathing, Breathwork, and Pranayama?

These days, given its increasingly
populist context and application,
is there any difference between
Breathing, Breathwork,
and Prāṇāyāma?
If so does it matter
and if so,
why does it matter?

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 66 – Regarding personal practice, one might suggest that…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

5. Regarding personal practice, one might suggest that,
both the intention and application of adaptation needs
to be more short-term regarding the external factors.
This is amidst sustaining the longer-term internal direction,
within a more consistent constant with minimum compromise.
In other words, look after your short-term personal practice needs
within the scope and scape of your longer-term practice aims.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 65 – Thus, there are always changes or Pariṇāma…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

4. Thus, there are always changes, or Pariṇāma,
in the outcome of the interactions between our
physical processes and breathing processes, and
our mental patterns within our emotional flows.
However, we can also tend towards becoming
either over-adaptable or under-adaptable, in trying
to absorb, or overcome, these changes in ourselves.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 64 – There is also the impact of fluctuations in the body…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

3. There is also the impact of fluctuations in
the body’s physical and breathing processes,
on our mental patterns and emotional flows.
Along with the opposite, namely the impact of
our mental patterns and emotional flows on
the body’s physical and breathing processes.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 63 – By combining adaptation along with the idea…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

2. By combining adaptation along with
the idea of using the value of constants,
to better understand the fluctuations
in the peaks and troughs. No practice
is ever the same over a  period of days.

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 62 – The question that arises here is how to relate…

The Adaptation of the Āsana Practice

1. The question that arises here is how
to relate the idea of adapting the
practice to the peaks and troughs
of the body, mind and emotions?

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108 Postural Practice Pointers – 62 – Supta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana is a lying and apparently relatively simple Āsana…

Supta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana is a lying and apparently
relatively simple Āsana in its external form.

It is described as the fingers and thumbs holding the
big toes of each foot, with the legs extended straight
and held upwards at an angle of 45 degrees with the
spine and head fully in contact with the ground.

In reality, this is literally beyond the reach of most students.
Though, given consistent time and appropriate development
in accessing this Āsana, there is the possibility of deep work.
This is initially felt primarily through the effect on the legs,
Though, given time the primary effect is felt more in the spine.

As a Samāna Āsana, an equal breath would be emphasised with
a Samavṛtti ratio, perhaps incorporating the use of Kumbhaka.
The focus of attention is on the spine, from crown to coccyx,
and is accessed via the breath, which can help support the
student’s effort within the external demands of the Āsana,
such as that more often found within the tightness in the legs.

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We need some means – that is called Nimitta…

“Who does this?
What is the force that brings about this adjustment?
We need some means – that is called Nimitta.
We must have the intelligence to know the basic
characteristics of our materials and their possibilities.
We must also have ability to bring about desired change.
Change of the mind, as in the movement from an ordinary mind
to one that is extraordinary, is similar to the process of irrigation.
A farmer attempts to direct the flow of water from
an oversupplied plot to one with insufficient supply.
The very nature of water makes it necessary only to cut
a dam to cause it to flow. However, he must recognise
which plot is surplus, which is deprived and which
dam he must cut in order to solve his problem.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 176 – Nimitta is seen as the agent for change, as if a farmer…

Nimitta is seen as the agent for change, as if a farmer.
Everything required is there, along with the intelligence.
You just have to find the intelligence to find the intelligence.
So verse 3 talks about the tools, materials and intelligence.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 3

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What is the common factor of all the ideas in this Sūtra?

“What is the common factor of all the ideas in this Sūtra?
From one character to another.
Changes of mind are not based on the acquisition of new qualities,
but on those that already exist.
To bring about a desired change in the mind,
one must vary the proportion of the three basic qualities:
openness, activity and heaviness.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 2

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 175 – Powers are different arrangements of what already exists as us…

Powers are different arrangements
of what already exists as us.
The common factor is a redistribution of matter.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 2

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 174 – The fourth book called Kaivalya Pādaḥ reinforces the idea…

The fourth book, called Kaivalya Pādaḥ, reinforces the idea
that whatever happens is actually already existing within us.
It is not something we can or need to acquire from outside
and it reminds us that the mind is the essential tool to help
in the final discernment of what is the unchanging essence.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 173 – Mantra is that which is reflected on…

Mantra is that which is reflected on.
It needs to be received from a reliable source.
In other words from one who has reflected on Mantra
received from a person who has reflected on Mantra.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 109 – These days, is  there any difference between Postures, Bodywork, and Āsana?

These days, given its increasingly
populist context and application,
is there any difference between
Postures, Bodywork, and Āsana?
If so, does it matter
and if so,
why does it matter?

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108 Saṃskṛta Glossary Core Concept Pointers – 5 – Pratyāhāra

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 entire Sāṃkhya Kārikā and the Gītārtha Saṃgraha, along with selected verses from the Bhagavad Gītā, and Haṭha Yoga Texts. As we begin 2024 the glossary word count exceeds 1600, though inevitably this will continue to expand.

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 drawn from all the posts involving the Core Word in the Yoga Journal and the Yoga Texts and Freenotes sections of the website. 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 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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