Meditation also depends on the meditator…

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Meditation also depends on the meditator.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6

TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated

How can we distinguish the actual state of Dhyāna…

“How can we distinguish
the actual state of Dhyāna
from infatuation with an object
that pleases and fills the mind?”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 2

TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated

Since Dhyāna cannot occur without an object of concentration…

“Since Dhyāna cannot occur without an object of concentration,
there must be an area where you fix your mind.
So, first you have to fix or bind your mind
on a particular place, a chosen object;
this is known as Deśa Bandha.
And second, the mind should establish
a relationship with this object which
should last, at least, for a moment.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 1

TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 162 – Also, better not to confuse the ardour for experiences…

“Also, better not to
confuse the ardour
for experience
with the ardour
for experiences.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 22

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TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters

Dhyāna is not simply to still the mind…

Dhyāna is not simply to still the mind.
It involves our ability to reflect afresh,
to discover what we had not known before.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 2

TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated

Meditation must elevate the mind…

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Meditation must elevate the mind.
That is its basic purpose, to be where I was not.
This involves an ascent of the individual’s mind.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 5

TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Study Quotes Collected and Collated

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 161 – Although from that, distinctions in ardour…

Although from that,
distinctions in ardour,
according to inclination.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 22

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Questions – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Reflections – Collected & Collated into Chapters
TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Sūtra Study Pointers – 160 – The intensity of the ardour determines the proximity.

“The intensity of the ardour
determines the proximity.”
– Paul Harvey on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 21

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Questions – Collected & Collated into Chapters
Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Reflections – Collected & Collated into Chapters
TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters

108 Postural Practice Pointers – 56 – In Asana one should vary the breath ratio.

In Āsana one should vary the breath ratio.

Link to Series: 108 Postural Practice Pointers

Āsana and Mudrā Glossary
– Grouped into Standing, Kneeling,
Lying, Inverted, Backbend, Seated & Sitting

108 Postural Practice Pointers – 55 – Bhāvana on the relationship between the Viśuddhi Sthāna and Jālandhara Bandha…

A common escape when using Dvi Pāda Pīṭham is the neck arching rather than lengthening, resulting in the lifting of the head as if to compensate for the increased sense of the neck compressing.

Hence a key Bhāvana here is the deepening of the Jālandhara Bandha whilst working with the potential dissipation that can arise through the simultaneous lifting of the arms.

This escape is something that is also further exaggerated when raising the arms at the same time as lifting the hips, due to the increasingly upward force from the hips pushing down onto the shoulders, also increasingly unstable due to the lifting of the arms.

We can explore this escape by holding a Bhāvana on the relationship between the Viśuddhi Sthāna and Jālandhara Bandha through choosing an alternative Vinyāsa Krama in Dvi Pāda Pīṭham. One suggestion here is to investigate the interaction between the arms and trunk via the breath as shown in the illustration above.

The intention here is to maintain a gradual lengthening in the neck whilst resisting the tendency for the shoulders to as if skateboard on the scapula and increase the distance between the head and the feet. Here also an active role for the arms and shoulders is suggested at all points especially when they are not being lifted.

Perhaps experiment with repeating this alternate suggestion for a  Vinyāsa Krama in Dvi Pāda Pīṭham some 6 times whilst maintaining a breath pattern of around 4 breaths per minute. The entire sequence taking some six minutes to explore.

Link to Series: 108 Postural Practice Pointers

Āsana and Mudrā Glossary
– Grouped into Standing, Kneeling,
Lying, Inverted, Backbend, Seated & Sitting

108 Yoga Sūtra Study Question Pointers – 20 – In Sūtra 1.20 introduces four concepts which are progressively linked…

The aim of this series, and its companion series (108 Yoga Sūtra 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 20

śraddhā-vīrya-smṛti-samādhi-prajñā-pūrvakaḥ itareśām |

In Sūtra 1.20 Patañjali introduces four concepts which are
progressively linked outcomes of the experiential presence of Śraddhā.

For your own reflection firstly, list these four concepts using your own
choice of words to express their qualities and yet one which
also illustrates the progressive relationship between them.

Secondly, consider and describe what is it that intervenes
within and diverts us from our potential to experience
Śraddhā and its progressively linked outcomes?

To Download or View this Question as a PDF Study Sheet

Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Keywords – Collected & Collated into Chapters
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Paul’s Yoga Sūtra Reflections – Collected & Collated into Chapters
TKV Desikachar Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters
T Krishnamacharya Yoga Sūtra Quotes – Collected & Collated into Chapters

Apart from Āsana and Prāṇāyāma there are some special techniques…

“Apart from Āsana and Prāṇāyāma there are some special techniques.
Amongst them, those known as Mudrā need special mention.
Mudrā are essentially some more refinements to
Prāṇāyāma to intensify the effect.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras 1996

Navarātri or the Nine Nights of Durgā as a time for Mantra Sādhana……

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The ninenight long Nava Rātri, an important occasion in India, is celebrated as a time to honour the Divine Feminine, especially the Goddess Durgā within the Indian tradition. It will commence today Sunday 15th October 2023, the first day of the month of Aśvin, according to the Hindu calendar. During this time the primary focus is Durgā manifesting through three primary aspects of the Divine Feminine.

Thus for the first three nights, the focus is around the Divine Feminine in her power-bestowing aspect known as Durgā. For the second three nights, the focus is around the Divine Feminine in her prosperity-bestowing aspect known as Lakṣmī. For the third three nights, the focus is around the Divine Feminine in her wisdom-bestowing aspect known as Sarasvatī.

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Learning Support for Chanting the Tri Guṇa Mantra – Krama Pāṭhaḥ – Typical Rhythm

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 3.3.1 –  Tri Guṇa Mantra
Agne Tejasvin – Krama Pāṭhaḥ – Typical Rhythm
– Private Recording of TKV Desikachar and Sujaya Sridhar by Paul Harvey
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet in Romanised Saṃskṛta with Notations

Link to Veda Mantra Chanting Practice – PDF & MP3 Support Resources
Link to Yoga Sūtra Chanting Practice – PDF & MP3 Support Resources

Learning Support for Chanting the Tri Guṇa Mantra – Krama Pāṭhaḥ Learning Rhythm

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 3.3.1 –  Tri Guṇa Mantra
Agne Tejasvin – Krama Pāṭhaḥ – Learning Rhythm
– Private Recording of TKV Desikachar by Paul Harvey
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet in Romanised Saṃskṛta with Notations

Link to Veda Mantra Chanting Practice – PDF & MP3 Support Resources
Link to Yoga Sūtra Chanting Practice – PDF & MP3 Support Resources

Learning Support for Chanting the Tri Guṇa Mantra – Saṃhitā Pāṭhaḥ Learning Rhythm

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 3.3.1 –  Tri Guṇa Mantra
Agne TejasvinSaṃhitā Pāṭhaḥ – Learning Rhythm
– Private Recording of TKV Desikachar by Paul Harvey
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet in Romanised Saṃskṛta with Notations

Link to Veda Mantra Chanting Practice – PDF & MP3 Support Resources
Link to Yoga Sūtra Chanting Practice – PDF & MP3 Support Resources