How do we apply Viniyoga to students already set in a particular mode of Āsana practice?

How do we apply Viniyoga to students already set in a particular mode of Āsana practice?

If we have certain principles underpinning how we teach, how do we apply Viniyoga to students already set in a particular mode of Āsana practice?

For example, if they have a physical problem then you have something to work with. However, you need to be tactful about pointing such things out, maybe waiting. Otherwise, you can try to meet them halfway i.e. adding a couple of things to their practice they know and a couple they don’t.

If they have been practising in this way for several years what does it matter if it takes several months to influence their Āsana practice.

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108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers – 16 – In the beginning, Ujjāyī is experienced more as a sound…

Prāṇāyāma Pointer 16 – Relationship of Sound and Sensation in Ujjāyī

In the beginning, Ujjāyī is experienced more as a sound.
As we refine its relationship with the breath, through
increasing the Length and deepening the Subtlety,
Ujjāyī is felt more as a sensation within the body
and less as a sound and vibration in the throat.

Link to Posts Series: 108 Prāṇāyāma Practice Pointers

There are Many Approaches to Āsana Practice…

There are Many Approaches to Āsana Practice

To consider this statement we need to look at different approaches to Āsana practice. Here, we can use viewpoints of different ‘styles’ of practice as to what are seen by many as the two primary ‘classical’ Āsana.

For example:

From these examples we are led to the belief that we must respect that there are various viewpoints on the principles of practice for these two primary Āsana.

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Only a minority seeks Yoga as a preventive measure to prevent illness…

Preventive health is a self-discipline and only a minority
seeks Yoga as a preventive measure to prevent illness.
Most people seem to seek Yoga only for therapy.

But it must be remembered that the essence of Yoga is discipline.
Essentially it is the discipline of the body,
it is the discipline of the mind and
it is also the discipline of the spirit.
But prevention does not interest people
even though it is of obvious importance.

People get interested only when they are in trouble.
So we now need to develop strategies
using the salient principles of Yoga practice,
so that it can be adapted to people with specific problems.”

YOGA: SURGERY SANS INSTRUMENTS
Interview with TKV Desikachar from ‘The Hindu’ 1998

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 128 – Āsana, according to this verse, needs to correlate the two qualities of…

Āsana, according to this verse, needs to correlate the
two qualities of steady attentiveness and spacious clarity.
However, we are being offered qualities that are actually
the fruits or outcome of the practice guidelines in the next verse.
Hence this verse is a definition, but one that arises as an outcome
of an attitude around the way we go about exploring Āsana.
Although it could be added that this definition also relates
to the direction of one’s Āsana practice as a whole.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 11 – Stick to the conventions of technique unless there is a reason to change them.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


10. Stick to the conventions of technique unless there is a reason to change them.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 10 – Make the practice shorter than the time available.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

9. Make the practice shorter than the time available.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 9 – Keep it simple and consider how to spend more time in fewer Āsana.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

8. Keep it simple and consider how to spend more time in fewer Āsana.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 8 – Look to cultivate a quality of Sattva by diminishing Tamas and channelling Rajas.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


7. Look to cultivate a quality of Sattva by diminishing Tamas and channelling Rajas.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 7 – Consider its relationship to both short term and long term goals.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


6. Consider its relationship to both short term and long term goals.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 6 – Plan for others as it applies to them, not as it applies to you.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

5. Plan for others as it applies to them, not as it applies to you.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 5 – Ask yourself what is most effective.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

4. Ask yourself what is most effective.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 4 – Remember ‘can’ is not the same as ‘should’.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


3. Remember ‘can’ is not the same as ‘should’.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 3 – Hold the reflection that practice is a means, not an end.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:


2. Hold the reflection that practice is a means, not an end.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 2 – Be clear about your purpose.

General Guidelines for Practice Planning:

1. Be clear about your purpose.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 1 – In terms of practice planning the spirit of Viniyoga…..

In terms of practice planning the spirit of Viniyoga
is achieved by two broad means:
1. The selection of practice material that is appropriate
to the needs and circumstances of the student.
2. The intelligent use of Vinyāsa Krama.

The Viniyoga of Planning Principles Guidelines – Collected & Collated

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Question Pointers – 8 – In Sūtra 1.8 Patañjali defines Viparyaya as a false knowing…

The aim of this series, and its companion series (Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Keywords), with its single guided Sūtra word within a parallel flow, is to progress through a themed reflective journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

On this page, a question will be proffered as a reflection and inquiry into a single verse. Here each verse in the text will be explored successively, via a link to its translation, word by word breakdown and added commentaries collated from the website, to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

On the companion page, a word will be listed as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. It will offer an exploration, via a link to the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected quotations and posts, collated from within the website these past 12 years, again to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

My wish is to offer an insight into the spectrum of Yoga teachings received from T Krishnamacharya mainly via TKV Desikachar, in terms of both breadth and depth.

Chapter One Samādhi Pādaḥ verse 8

viparyayaḥ mithyā-jñānam-atadrūpa-pratiṣṭham |

In Sūtra 1.8 Patañjali defines Viparyaya as a false knowing.
How can we discern a right perception from a wrong perception
and can a false knowing be both Kliṣṭa and Akliṣṭa?

To Download or View this Question as a PDF Study Sheet

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Questions – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 6 – Viparyaya

The aim of this Series, and its companion page (Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Questions), with its Sūtra by Sūtra guided study question within a parallel flow, is to progress through a themed reflective journey across the four chapters or Pāda that comprise the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

In this post, a word will be listed as a symbol for a specific verse or set of verses as we progressively traverse each chapter. It will offer an exploration, via the Saṃskṛta Glossary, of all the connected textual links, quotations and posts, collated from within the website these past 12 years, to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

On the companion page, a question will be proffered as a reflection and inquiry into a single verse. Here each verse in the text will be explored successively, via a link to its translation, word by word breakdown and added commentaries collated from the website, again to invite the reader to form their own opinion as to what is implied.

My wish is to offer an insight into the spectrum of Yoga teachings received from T Krishnamacharya mainly via TKV Desikachar, in terms of both breadth and depth.

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Word Pointers – 6

VIPARYAYA

Chapter One verse 8

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Study Questions – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 128 – Are our impulses to act self serving…

Are our impulses to act self serving,
as in arising from a place of Karma?
Or, are our impulses to act serving the self,
as in arising from a place of Dharma?
Furthermore, how to discern the difference
betwixt my and thy, given the facility of
Karma to proclaim itself as being Dharma?
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 127 – Āsana alone can be a support for our outer relationship…

Āsana alone can be a support for
our outer relationship with living.
However, can Āsana alone be a support
for our inner relationship with dying?
Especially as our disposition towards
clinging to life is continuous, as well as
being deeply buried within our psyche.
This is why Yoga offers vehicles beyond Āsana
for the inner and especially the final journey.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 9

Paul’s Yoga Mālā – A Thread of Pearls from Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra