108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 45 – The journey into the breath in Āsana is one……

The journey into the breath in Āsana is one where we
evolve from firstly, finding the breath within ourself,
towards ultimately, finding ourself within the breath.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 44 – Āsana is the interface between the body……

Āsana is an interface between the body
and the systemic energy processes.
Prāṇāyāma is an interface between the
systemic energy processes and the psyche.
Dhyāna is an interface between the psyche and
the awareness that pervades our sense of being.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 42 – In Āsana the Breath is an accessory to the Āsana……

In Āsana, the Breath is an accessory to the Āsana.
In Prāṇāyāma, the Āsana is an accessory to the Breath.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 41 – Cutivating a home Yoga practice……

Cultivating a home Yoga practice
presents a solution to an obstacle.
Maintaining a home Yoga practice
presents an obstacle to a solution.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 40 – At times getting to the practice mat……

At times getting to the practice mat
is more about exercising Mind over Matter.
In other words getting there because of the Mind.
At other times getting to the practice mat
is more about exercising Matter over Mind.
In other words getting there in spite of the Mind.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 39 – Yoga is not so much about what we bring to the practice mat……

In the novice phase of our relationship with personal practice,
Yoga is not so much about what we bring to the practice mat,
it’s more about what we take away from the practice mat.

A sign of a maturing in our relationship with personal practice,
is that we accept more responsibility for what we bring to the practice mat
being a determining factor in what we take away from the practice mat.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 38 – Our Yoga practice needs to evolve….

Our Yoga practice needs to evolve,
amongst other longer term unfoldings,
towards a live-in personalised relationship,
rather than just a go-out group class affair.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 36 – Once you lose the breath in Āsana……

Once you lose the breath in Āsana,
effort becomes force.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 35 – Because I am too wired to practice I don’t practice……

Because I am too wired to practice I don’t practice.
Because I don’t practice I am too wired to practice.
Because I am too wired to practice I don’t practice.
Because…….

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 34 – Because I am too tired to practice I don’t practice…..

Because I am too tired to practice I don’t practice.
Because I don’t practice I am too tired to practice.
Because I am too tired to practice I don’t practice.
Because…….

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 33 – Life is often divided into agendas, two of which are headed “chore” and “reward”……

Life is often divided into agendas,
two of which are headed “chore” and “reward”.
Try to keep some room on the latter list for your practice
in the same way that you would greet an old friend.
Take time in their company and return to your everyday life rejuvenated
and better able to embrace your surroundings.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 32 – We can make a profession out of the myriad of ways we use Āsana….

We can make a profession out of the myriad of ways we find
to use Āsana to stay too busy to make time for Prāṇāyāma.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 31 – We can make a career out of finding a myriad of ways……

We can make a profession out of the myriad of ways we find
to stay too busy to make time for home practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 30 – Prāṇa is the élan vital……

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Prāṇa is the élan vital.
It is the mover and the sustainer of the body in all living beings.
Because of this all pervasive movement and irrepressible vitality,
it is also hard to keep reined in through the ten sensory horses.
When the personalised field of Prāṇa becomes unreined,
it transforms into Vāta and the system becomes disturbed.
The primary practice in Yoga to minimise the
conversion of Prāṇa into Vāta is Prāṇāyāma.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 29 – Are we confusing the maturation of our Āsana practice with the maturation of our Yoga practice?

Are we confusing the maturation of our Āsana practice
with the maturation of our Yoga practice?

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 28 – Haṭha Yoga is about Nāḍī Śodhana…….

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Haṭha Yoga is about Nāḍī Śodhana.
Rāja Yoga is about Citta Śodhana.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 27 – One of the primary roles for Āsana is to make the spine a fit vehicle for Prāṇāyāma.

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One of the primary roles for Āsana
is to make the spine a fit vehicle for Prāṇāyāma.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 25 – Some are satisfied with what Āsana brings them.

Some are satisfied with what Āsana brings them.
Others are curious as to where Āsana can take them.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 23 – Ujjāyī is a breathing technique that can facilitate the ability to remain in the doorway……

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Amongst other roles Ujjāyī is a breathing technique that
can facilitate the ability to remain in the doorway of awareness,
neither going in and introverting, when tempted by the manoeuvring of the mind,
nor going out and extraverting, when tempted by the shimmering of the senses.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 22 – Ultimately our experience of the Āsana is refined through……

Ultimately our experience of the Āsana is refined
through the mystery of the breath,
rather than the mastery of the form.

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