108 Yoga Teaching Path Pointers – 51 – If we can accept that Yoga is more than just Āsana…

If we can accept that Yoga is more than just Āsana,
what would you see as the difference between
Āsana as a practice and Yoga as a Sādhana?

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108 Yoga Teaching Path Pointers – 50 – When talking about Yoga as if a practice…

When talking about Yoga as if a practice,
I feel it could be helpful to distinguish
between which aspects of Yoga practice
we are actually referring to as they tend to
have differing, and at times even seemingly
contrasting, facets, paradigms and purposes.

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Design and Experiment with a Practice around Āsana, Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma…

Design and Experiment with a Practice around Jaṭhara Parivṛtti, Mahā Mudrā and Pratiloma Ujjāyī Prāṇāyāma

– Staying in Jaṭhara Parivṛtti and Mahā Mudrā for a minimum of 8 breaths each side and Pratiloma Ujjāyī Prāṇāyāma with a crown of 16 breaths.

– Within this Vinyāsa Krama will be a common thread within each of the three crowns of the ratio 1.1.1.1.
This may also be accessed as a crown within each of the three peaks.
However within the planning there will be a developmental thread, in that the ratio of 1.1.1.1. will increase in actual length, whilst the four aspects of the breath remain constant.
In other words, if the base unit for each of the four aspects of the breath in Jaṭhara Parivṛtti is 8 seconds, then the base unit in Mahā Mudrā is 10 seconds and the base unit in Pratiloma Ujjāyī Prāṇāyāma is 12 seconds.
This relationship is to remain progressive within the three crowns, so it may be in the form of 6, 8 or 10 seconds, et al.

The Vinyāsa Krama or planning steps in the complete practice will be for a total of 120 working breaths.

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108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 38 – Perhaps be careful that the habits you are re-habituating towards…

“Perhaps be careful that the habits
you are re-habituating towards
are not just as blinding as the
habits you are de-habituating from.”

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 48 – Responses should be looked at according to the psychological…

A third factor, that of Respect for Responses

2. Responses should be looked at according to
the psychological attitude of the individual.
We need to consider what is the end
and what are the means.
This is also seen as cause and effect.
The responses to the voluntary action
should be considered as a safety valve.
All this assumes we have respect for the individual and
the individual has or develops respect for themselves.

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108 Yoga Study Path Pointers – 37 – According to the Paramparā of  Krishnamacharya and Desikachar…

According to the Paramparā of
Krishnamacharya and Desikachar,
Āsana begets Mudrā,
Mudrā begets Prāṇāyāma,
Prāṇāyāma begets Pratyāhāra,
Pratyāhāra begets Dhāraṇā,
Dhāraṇā begets Dhyāna.
Of these five Upāya, only
Dhyāna is Meditation.

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Observation must have a direction and be complete…

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“Observation must have a direction and be complete.
We always have a tendency to tell more than what we see,
which is a mistake.
If we tell somebody that they have a problem,
yet we know that we will not be able to give them a solution
because of a lack of time or any other reason,
maybe we are going to hurt them.
Therefore,
we should first make sure that we have a solution to offer.”
– TKV Desikachar 1981

108 Mudrā Practice Pointers – 28 – As with Pranayama, the role and practice of Mudra needs to be considered…

As with Prāṇāyāma, the role and practice of Mudrā
needs to be considered from two distinct, but
complementary and developmental viewpoints.
In other words, there are Mudrā that are primarily
utilised within the context of Haṭha Yoga and there are
Mudrā that are utilised within the context of Rāja Yoga.
Within these two viewpoints, there are also those Mudrā
that can be applied in either context, depending on the
Saṃkalpa and Bhāvana employed by the practitioner.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 157 – Dhyanam is both a Sadhana and a Siddhi…

Dhyānam is both a Sādhana and a Siddhi.
In that, it is a Siddhi of Dhāraṇā,
as well as a Sādhana for Samādhi.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 2

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Then what is required is the clarity…

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“Then what is required is
the clarity that is stable in
the midst of provocation and
the ability to do ones duty
with complete dedication,
without insisting on results.”
– TKV Desikachar on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Six
(Yāmunācārya commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two)

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108 Yoga Planning Pointers – 47 – There is also a third factor besides voluntary efforts and involuntary effects…

A third factor, that of Respect for Responses

1. There is also a third factor besides the relationship
between voluntary efforts and involuntary effects,
namely a person’s response to the notion of effort and effect.
In the travel from our everyday postures to Yoga postures
we need to consider respect for the idea of responses.
We can often ignore the body’s response to our efforts
within our aims and intentions for ideals, such as in Āsana.
Voluntary efforts and involuntary effects are the variables.

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Yoga is that which enables us to sustain what is required…

“Yoga is that which enables us
to sustain what is required and
reduce that which is not required.”
(Here Yoga is Avasthā)
– T Krishnamacharya on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 13

When I do something is it because I want to do it or……

“When I do something is it
because I want to do it,
or am I being led to
do it by the mind?”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 9

The Bhagavad Gītā is addressed to those seekers…

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“The Bhagavad Gītā is addressed to those seekers
who are suffering because of lack of clarity with
regard to friendship, compassion and Dharma.”
– TKV Desikachar on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Five
(Yāmunācārya’s commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter One)

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 9 – The Yoga of dejection, rejection and projection.

“The Yoga of dejection, rejection and projection.”
– Paul Harvey Introduction to Bhagavad Gītā Chapter One

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108 Gītā Study Pointers – 8 – The journey with and through the Bhagavad Gītā is one of a Vinyāsa Krama…

“The journey with and through the Bhagavad Gītā
is one of a Vinyāsa Krama with three distinct stages.
Firstly, the Pūrva Aṅga aspect of our journey in the ascension
from confusion to clarity, as epitomised in the first hexad.
Here we start from being disturbingly yoked to Viṣāda
as in the first Chapter, and through a chapter by chapter
process, we deepen our self-inquiry into the nature of who.
In other words, this hexad is an exploration of our relationship
with what we perceive and identify with as if our perennial self.
Through chapters two to five, we learn how to approach and
refine the practice of Dhyāna as in Chapter six, through which
clarity arises in our efforts to cultivate a sense of an inner guide.”
Paul Harvey on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Two

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Design and Experiment with a Practice around Baddha Koṇāsana and Mahā Mudrā…

Design and Experiment with a Practice around Baddha Koṇāsana and Mahā Mudrā

– Staying in Baddha Koṇāsana for a minimum of 8 breaths and Mahā Mudrā for a minimum of 8 breaths each side

The Vinyāsa Krama or planning steps in the practice will be for a total of 90 working breaths.

– It will be based around Āsana and Mudrā especially Baddha Koṇāsana and Mahā Mudrā.
– In this instance, the practice will not include any Prāṇāyāma or Dhyāna.

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108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 156 – Dhāraṇā is both a Sadhana and a Siddhi…

Dhāraṇā is both a Sādhana and a Siddhi.
In that, it is a Siddhi of Pratyāhāra,
as well as a Sādhana for Dhyāna.
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 1

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