Show how Yoga Sūtra C2 v10 and v11 play a pivotal role in the teachings in this chapter.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 7.

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Show how Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 10 and verse 11 play a pivotal role in the
evolution of the teachings in the Sādhana aspect of Chapter Two.
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What are Kapālabhāti and Bhastrikā and why use them?

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 7.

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What are Kapālabhāti and Bhastrikā?
Compare and discuss their effects on Prāṇa Sthāna and Apāna Sthāna..
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Plan a practice which supports 12 Breaths 1.1.2.1 in Sthiti Paścimatānāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q7.

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Plan a practice which supports 12 Breaths 1.1.2.1 in Sthiti Paścimatānāsana.
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Translate and develop Yoga Sūtra C2 v6

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 6.

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Translate and develop Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 6
Dṛg Darśana Śaktyoḥ Eka Ātmatā Iva Asmitā
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Which techniques unique to Prāṇāyāma are used whilst practising Āsana?

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 6.

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Which techniques unique to Prāṇāyāma are used whilst practising Āsana?
What are the advantages?
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Plan a practice which focuses on Vīrabhadrāsana and Upaviṣṭa Koṇāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q6.

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Plan a practice which focuses on Vīrabhadrāsana and Upaviṣṭa Koṇāsana.
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Explain and develop the context of Rṭaṃbhara in Yoga Sūtra C1 v48.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 5.

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Explain and develop the context of Ṛtaṃ Bhara in Yoga Sūtra C1 verse 48.
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Discuss the structural and/or systemic functions of Matsyendrāsana……

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Q5

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Discuss the structural and/or systemic functions of Matsyendrāsana,
basing your response on the teaching in the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.
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Plan a practice leading to Sarvāṅgāsana with a crown of 12 breaths 1.1.1.1.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q5.

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Plan a practice leading to Sarvāṅgāsana with a crown of 12 breaths 1.1.1.1.
Justify your choices.
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Explain and develop the context of Antarāya in Yoga Sūtra C1 v29-30

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 4.

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Explain and develop the context of Antarāya in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 29 and verse 30.
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What are the Haṭha Yoga principles that inform the viniyoga of inverted Āsana?

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 4.

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What are the Haṭha Yoga principles that inform the viniyoga of inverted Āsana?

What are the criteria that determine whether or not a practitioner should,
even if they can, practice these postures?

What are the means of verifying this?
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Plan a practice to work dynamically in Eka Pāda Uttāna Mayūrāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q4.

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Plan a practice where the Pradhāna or crown is working dynamically
in the Pūrṇa form of Eka Pāda Uttāna Mayūrāsana.
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Place the term Śraddhā in the teaching of Patañjali.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 3.


Place the term Śraddhā, from Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 20-22, in the teaching of Patañjali.
Show the difference between this notion and that of Īśvara Praṇidhānā.
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Develop the concepts of Sṛṣṭi, Sthiti and Anta Krama.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Q3.

 
What are the concepts of Sṛṣṭi Krama, Sthiti Krama and Anta Krama
and what is their significance in relationship to the practice of Āsana?

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Compare Paścimatānāsana, Januśīrṣāsana, Upaviṣṭa Koṇāsana and Baddha Koṇāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Theory Question 2.

Compare:
Paścimatānāsana, Januśīrṣāsana, Upaviṣṭa Koṇāsana and Baddha Koṇāsana.
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I feel the importance of taking personal responsibility for correct pronunciation of Saṃskṛta…..

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I feel the importance of taking personal responsibility for correct pronunciation of Saṃskṛta should not be compromised by learning laziness and with it the sloppy pronunciation so apparent today, even amongst Yoga teachers of many years.

There is a vibrational power inherent in these powerful Yoga concepts in Saṃskṛta that can only be realised through correct pronunciation. Or at least learn how to pronounce the word Āsana as it is meant to be heard.

Plan a practice which focuses on linking Uttānāsana and Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana with……

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Question 3.

Plan a practice which focuses on linking Uttānāsana and Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana
with a ratio of 1.2.1.0. in Nāḍī Śodanam.
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The concepts of Practice and Dispassion are co-essential in the teaching of Patañjali……

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 2.

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The concepts of Abhyāsa (Practice) and Vairāgya (Dispassion) in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-16
are co-essential in the teaching of Patañjali.
Discuss their relationship and list and comment on the attitudes that support their practice.
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Plan a practice which focuses on Vasiṣṭhāsana and Eka Pāda Rājakapotāsana……

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Question 2.

Plan a practice which focuses on Vasiṣṭhāsana and Eka Pāda Rājakapotāsana for a capable student.
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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 3 – Make friends with a Mantra and you have a friend for life.

Make friends with a Mantra and you have a friend for life.

Link to Series: 108 Chanting Practice Pointers

Summarise the first four verses of Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra……

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 1.

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The first four verses of Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra are said to encapsulate the essence of the whole chapter.
Summarise them in a way so as to interest someone who knows little about Yoga.
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Compare the function, application and risks for Uṣṭrāsana and Dhanurāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Theory Question 1.

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Compare the function, application and risks for Uṣṭrāsana and Dhanurāsana.
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Plan a practice which focuses on Śalabhāsana and Nāvāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Question 1.


Plan a practice which focuses on Śalabhāsana and Nāvāsana.
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Thirty day Personal Study Project on Yoga Planning, Theory and Sūtra

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The crossover of the seasons arrived almost to the day as August transits to September and with it a resumption of my teaching Dharma as we crossover from Summer to Autumn.
However this September sees me on the road a lot one way or another with little opportunity for reflections around my Yoga study.
So as I will be unable to post consistently I have prepared a 30 day Personal Study Project on three topics, with an alternating post on each, thus 10 questions each around a different area of Study.

The three topics are:

  • Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning
  • Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory
  • Yoga Sūtra Study
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Learning Support for Chanting the Sūryanamaskāra Mantraḥ

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa 3.7.6 – Sūryanamaskāra Mantraḥ
– Om Hrām Udyannadya.
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
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To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Notations