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 – Yoga practice is much more than just Āsana……

In terms of ageing mainframes and creaking joints,
it is perhaps useful to remind ourselves that
Yoga practice is much more than just Āsana.
In other words, even as the body slows down,
can we continue to slow the Breath down,
can we continue to slow the Mind down,
can we be Still within the distraction of age?

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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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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 15 – It increasingly appears that Yoga has been acculturated into the fitness mindset……

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It increasingly appears that Yoga has been acculturated into the fitness mindset
rather than fitness being acculturated into the Yoga mindset.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 14 – Freedom of movement within the Annamaya does not presume……

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Freedom of movement within the Annamaya
does not presume freedom of movement within the Prāṇamaya.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 13 – I feel our priorities need to be more around how we practice rather……

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In terms of Yoga Practice within adult lifestyles
I feel our priorities need to be based more around
how we practice, rather than what we practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 12 – In its beginning stages it’s about our practice supporting our life……

In its beginning stages it’s about
our practice supporting our life.
In its maturing stages it’s about
our life supporting our practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 11 – I may not feel ‘better’ after a practice……

I may not feel ‘better’ after a practice.
I always feel ‘different’ after a practice.
That difference offers new views within old patterns.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 10 – Don’t get stuck on the sticky……

dhyanamDon’t get stuck on the sticky.
Learn Prāṇāyāma.
Learn Pratyāhāra.
Learn Nādānusandhāna.
Learn Adhyayanam.
Learn Dhyānam.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 9 – Cikitsā Krama is to replenish depleted Ojas.

Cikitsā Krama is to replenish depleted Ojas.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to nurture replenished Ojas.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to garner nurtured Ojas.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 8 – Cikitsā Krama is to gather dissipated Agni.

Cikitsā Krama is to gather dissipated Agni.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to conserve gathered Agni.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to intensify conserved Agni.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 7 – Cikitsā Krama is to gather dissipated Prāṇa……

Cikitsā Krama is to gather dissipated Prāṇa.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to conserve gathered Prāṇa.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to intensify conserved Prāṇa.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 6 – Sādhana is about what grows out of practising……

Yoga Sādhana is about what grows out of
practising alone amidst the inside at home, rather
than practising with others amidst the outside in class.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 5 – Constancy of the body reveals the inconstancy of the breath……

Constancy of the body
reveals the inconstancy of the breath.
Constancy of the body and breath
reveals the inconstancy of the mind.
Constancy of the body, breath and mind
reveals the constancy of awareness.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 4 – Yoga practice is an Upāya to support……

Yoga practice is an Upāya to support
the art of living more skilfully.
Living more skilfully is an Upāya
to support the art of Yoga practice.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 3 – Adapting the form of Yoga is one thing……

Adapting the form of Yoga is one thing.
Adapting the roots of Yoga another.
Better not to confuse the two when choosing.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 2 – Āsana involves the extending the length of the breath beyond the body……

According to the teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar,
Āsana involves extending the length of the breath beyond the body,
rather than the extending of the body beyond the length of the breath.
The purpose is to facilitate the field of Prāṇa accumulating in its intensity.

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108 Yoga Practice Pointers – 1 – Yoga Practice needs a Mat and a Map……

Yoga Practice needs a Mat and a Map,
of the two the more important question is,
what Map are you using, rather than,
what Mat are you using.

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