108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 73 – The more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna…

The more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna,
the more you can experience the work in the upper back.
The more you can experience the work in the upper back,
the more you can work the inhale in the Prāṇa Sthāna.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 72 – Remain between the sides  for at least one long breath…

Remain between the two sides
for at least one long breath,
in order to savour the taste
inherent within this space.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 71 – In terms of reasons to practice…

In terms of reasons to practice,
reducing the external is not the
same as enhancing the internal.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 70 – Until you have an intimate relationship with the breath…

Until you have an intimate relationship with the breath,
it’s difficult to have an intimate relationship with the spine.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 69 – Some need to direct their Yoga practice at disconnecting from…

Some need to direct their Yoga
practice at disconnecting from.
Whilst others need to direct their
Yoga practice at connecting to.
Some need to direct their Yoga
practice at disconnecting from,
before being able to connect to.
Whilst others need to direct their
practice at connecting to, before
being able to disconnect from.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 68 – Āsana works from the outside inwards…

Āsana works from
the outside inwards.
Prāṇāyāma works from
the inside outwards.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 67 – Refining the relationship with mid-range movement…

Refining the relationship with mid-range movement,
refines the relationship with the spine.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 66 – Āsana is about the movement of the force…

Āsana is about the movement of the force,
rather than the force of the movement.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 65 – The starting point for the Āsana is the breath…

The starting point for the Āsana is the breath.
The finishing point for the Āsana is the breath.
The journey between the two is via the breath.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 64 – Listening to the breath between Āsana is more important than…

Listening to the breath between Āsana is more
important than listening to the mind between Āsana.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 63 – Specific breathing patterns in Āsana………

Specific breathing patterns in Āsana
ensure a harmony
a sense of involvement
allow an investigation into the Āsana
offer a mirror for observing subtle changes
within our responses to the Āsana
and its place within the practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 62 – We realise the Āsana through the breath……

We realise the Āsana through the breath,
rather than the breath through the Āsana.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 61 – There are those who can’t find time for Prāṇāyāma……

There are those who can’t find time
for Prāṇāyāma but don’t make time.
There are those who can’t find time
for Prāṇāyāma but do make time.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 60 – The place of learning is in the space between the Āsana.

The place of learning is in the space between the Āsana.
In that Āsana practice is a movie, not a series of pictures.
A marker towards Nirodha is not leaking between Āsana.
Thus containing energetic itches on coming back to stillness.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 59 – Yoga is the performance of a practice……

Yoga is the performance of a practice,
rather than the practice of a performance.
Though these days it appears to be getting
more difficult to distinguish one from the other.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 58 – The purpose of modifying the Form of an Āsana……

The purpose of modifying the Form of an Āsana
is to facilitate access to the Function of an Āsana.
Here the Viniyoga is according to the starting point
and potential within the students approach to practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 57 – Initiating movement of the trunk……

Initiating movement of the trunk,
does not automatically guarantee
initiating movement in the spine.
We need to appreciate the difference
and learn how to prioritise the latter.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 56 – Better to think about Āsana being part of your Yoga practice……

Better to think about Āsana
being part of your Yoga practice.
Rather than your Yoga practice
being part of an Āsana practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 55 – The ABC of the Viniyoga of Yoga……

The ABC of the Viniyoga of Yoga
is the bespoke long term cultivation of
a personalised, pertinent and progressive
Āsana Practice as a foundation for a separate
Breathing Practice with its own identity alongside a
Chanting Practice to honour teachings and transmission.
Dhyānam is the fabric that time weaves from these related threads.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 54 – I find my personal practice mat a place to face myself……

I find my personal practice mat a place to face myself.
Thus when I feel resistance to getting onto my mat,
I find it helpful to ask myself a question around,
what is it in myself that I don’t want to face today.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 53 – It is possible to achieve the form of an Āsana without accessing the function……

It is possible to achieve the form of an Āsana
without accessing the function of an Āsana.
In other words accessing the form of an Āsana
does not guarantee accessing its function.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 52 – Āsana is the primary choice to work the breath.

Āsana is the primary choice to work the breath.
Prāṇāyāma is the primary choice to refine the breath.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 51 – Is it a misdirection within Āsana from talking about effects on the body…..

maha_mudraIs it a misdirection within Āsana from talking
about effects on the body as if on the spine?
Thus too much focus on talking about effects on the body
and not enough on looking at the actual effects on the spine?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 50 – Candra is that which can direct Prāṇa and Apāna in order to influence……

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Within the energetic processes in Haṭha Yoga
the concept of Candra is that which can direct
Prāṇa and Apāna in order to influence the activities of Sūrya.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 49 – You must change the mind In order to meditate……

According to the teachings of Krishnamacharya,
you must first change the mind In order to meditate,
rather than trying to meditate in order to change the mind.

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