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 – 37 – Contemplate the Source of the Breath.

Contemplate the Source of the Breath.

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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 – 26 – To experience Āsana is to meld the Mastery of outer Stillness to the……

To experience Āsana is
to meld the Mastery of outer Stillness to the world
into the Mystery of inner Openness to the beyond.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46

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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 – 24 – Mahā Mudrā is a rock on which to take a seat…..

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Mahāmudrā is a rock on which to take a seat,
amidst the swirling waves in the ocean that is the Citta.

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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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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 21 – Yoga practice evolves from an external other cooked restaurant experience to……

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Yoga practice evolves from an external other cooked restaurant experience
to an internal self cooked home experience via the stages of:
1. Dependence on an outside teacher and external ambient venue.
2. Interdependence where we add the beginnings of a home practice to our outside support.
3. Independence where we have refined the skill to rely on and be primarily nourished by our home practice.
This is Svatantra.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 20 – The heart of Yoga is the way in which a profound change is effected…..

The heart of Yoga is the way in which a profound change is effected on the way we view our environment.
In other words arising out of the various complementary practices of Yoga,
the way we see the world and its processes,
is enriched by a sensitivity to change and understanding of impermanence.
Further, the different practices are not separate compartments,
they are linked through the principles underpinning them.
For example, a meditative attitude in the practice of postures,
complements a stable posture in the practice of seated meditation.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 19 – Dhāraṇā – a state of effortful attention……

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Dhāraṇā – a state of effortful attention.
Dhyānam – a state of effortless attention.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 18 – It seems that with ‘Modern Postural Yoga’ the perception of ‘advanced’ is……

It seems that with ‘Modern Postural Yoga’
the perception of ‘advanced’ practice is based
around physical appearance and artistic performance,
as exemplified by Āsana;
over psychological efforts and cultivation of inner skills,
as exemplified by Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 17 – One of the key concepts in the viniyoga of Āsana……

One of the key concepts in the viniyoga of Āsana
is how to facilitate movement in the spine
rather than just movement of the spine.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 16 – When practicing Āsana, it is as if something watches something……

When practicing Āsana,
it is as if something watches something.
What is the something that is watched?
What is the something that watches?

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