Explain the theoretical progression within the different Prāṇāyāma techniques.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 10

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Explain the theoretical progression within the different Prāṇāyāma techniques.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Śānti Pataḥ – Bhadraṃ Karṇe

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.1 – Śānti Pataḥ
– Bhadraṃ Karṇe
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
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108 Teaching Path Pointers – 4 – Dhyāna Sādhana was taught according to the principles of Cikitsa, Rakṣaṇa and Śikṣaṇa……

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Dhyāna Sādhana was taught
according to the principles of CikitsāRakṣaṇa and Śikṣaṇa Krama,
with meditational practices ranging
from pacification to protection to empowerment.

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Plan a practice to stay in Mahā Mudrā with Uḍḍīyāna Bandha.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q10.

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Plan a practice to stay 12 breaths each side in Mahāmudrā with
Uḍḍīyāna Bandha, choosing and justifying the ratio used within it.
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What does Patañjali mean by Pratipakṣa Bhāvanam in Yoga Sūtra C2 v33?

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 9.

patanjali-1 What does Patañjali mean by Pratipakṣa Bhāvanam in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 33?
Discuss.
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Sāṃkhya postulates what appears and what causes it to appear……

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Sāṃkhya postulates what appears and what causes it to appear.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras November 24th 1979 on Sāṃkhya and Yoga

Compare and discuss the effects of Samavṛtti and Viṣamavṛtti breathing ratios……

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 9.

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Compare and discuss the effects of Samavṛtti and Viṣamavṛtti breathing ratios
on Prāṇa Sthāna and Apāna Sthāna.
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Plan a practice to stay 12 breaths each side in Mahā Mudrā.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q9.

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Plan a practice to stay 12 breaths each side in Mahā Mudrā.
Choosing and justifying the ratio used within it.
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Show how The word Hāna in Yoga Sūtra C2 v25 has the meaning ’giving up’.

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 8.

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Show how The word Hāna in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 25 has the meaning ’giving up’.
What is the ’giving up’ in question?
How is it obtained?
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Compare the techniques and functions and applications for Śītalī and Sītkārī.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 8.

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Compare the techniques and functions and applications for Śītalī and Sītkārī.
Especially with regard to their effects on Agni.
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Plan a practice to stay in Tiryaṅgmukha Ekapāda Paścimatānāsana and Paryaṅkāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q8.

Plan a practice to include staying 6 breaths each side Tiryaṅgmukha Ekapāda Paścimatānāsana
and staying 12 breaths in Paryaṅkāsana.
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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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