This way I have collected hundreds of handwritten Yoga practice examples


Some years ago now I changed the process around how students notated various practices I taught for groups within Student Training Courses or Practitioner Training Programmes.

My methodology previously had prioritised students learning the skills of being able to remember and context what they had just practiced by also being able to recall and then record it accurately. This was part of cultivating personal practice skills, as well as helping in establishing the art of keeping a practice journal over a several year period.

Thus I would teach a small group of students, studying within the contexts of either personal study courses or professional training programmes, a practice and then wait, before perhaps writing it on the board, for it to be notated down from the student’s memory and then we would at some point discuss it and its context to the current situation.

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20 Minute Prāṇāyāma Practice focused on Pūraka without Kumbhaka

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20 Minute Prāṇāyāma Practice focused on Pūraka without Kumbhaka

 

Ascent:
Anuloma Ujjāyī Technique with 8.0.16.0. Ratio/Length for 8 Breaths

Crown:
Pratiloma Ujjāyī Technique with 16.0.16.0. Ratio/Length for 16 Breaths

Descent:
Anuloma Ujjāyī Technique with 8.0.12.0. Ratio/Length for 8 Breaths

Closing:
Ujjāyī Technique with 4.0.4.0. Ratio/Length for 4 Breaths

Completion:
Drop the breath and remain with the experience for 5 minutes

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Āsana practice to ascertain capability for Sarvāṅgāsana……

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Āsana practice for an intermediate level Āsana student to ascertain capability for working with and exploring in depth the potential of Sarvāṅgāsana or shoulderstand as an Āsana.

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Another personal practice from 1980 from TKV Desikachar……

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Following on from previous posts on practices from my teacher I wanted to offer a another example, this time purely around the Āsana element of my practice, given to me by my teacher, TKV Desikachar.

It evolved from within our one to one lessons in Chennai, from over 35 years ago, in 1980 and is based around working on a stiff, but strong lower back.

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Children’s Āsana Practice Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram Jan 1981

Whilst living in Madras between 1979 and 1981 studying with Desikachar my daughter Sīta went to the Krishnamurti school and attended kids Āsana classes at the KYM.

Here is one practice from a class at the KYM from January 1981, like other classes in those days they were small groups (in both senses here) and each student got a hand written copy of the days practice, to which they added their name. More examples will be posted.

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Children’s Āsana Practice Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram Sept 1980

Whilst living in Madras between 1979 and 1981 studying with Desikachar my daughter Sīta went to the Krishnamurti school and attended kids Āsana classes at the KYM.

Here is one practice from a class at the KYM from September 1980, like other classes in those days they were small groups (in both senses here) and each student got a hand written copy of the days practice, to which they added their name. More examples will be posted.

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Simple Yoga Practice from Yoga For Every Body by Paul Harvey

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Came across this simple beginners practice plan from the book ‘Yoga For Every Body’, published in 2002.
Although well out of print used copies can be had from Amazon in the US or UK at budget prices.
2014 will also see chapters from the book published as support articles for Practitioners.
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