Yoga is when different actions are done……

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“Yoga is when different actions are done.
You think and act with proper investigation.
How do you feel at the end of the action?
Do you feel quite good?
Is this Sādhana or Siddhi?”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Often when we are talking about Yoga we are not sure whether we……

Often when we are talking about Yoga we are not sure whether we are talking about Sādhana or Siddhi

“Often when we are talking about Yoga
we are not sure whether we are talking about Sādhana or Siddhi.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Words have meanings based on roots and on usage……

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“Words have meanings based on roots and on usage, its origin and how it is utilised.
Yoga is a good example of a word based on its original meaning and convention.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Even though we feel good about Yoga and we have some……

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“Even though we feel good about Yoga and we have some understanding,
we have problems relating this to others.
Even before saying anything they have one idea or another.
We have problems communicating with people when it comes to Yoga.
Not so with Art, etc.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

Of the Four Aspects of the Breath which is more important?

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“Of the Four Aspects of the breath which is more important,
(such as) holding after inhalation by will and so on?”
TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1978

You must have teachers who will have supervision to respond in……

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“You must have teachers who will have supervision to respond in the following fields:
Health, Psychology and Spirituality.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

If the Saṅga is at the Puruṣa level it will stay; if it is at the Prakṛti level it……

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“If the Saṅga is at the Puruṣa level it will stay;
if it is at the Prakṛti level it will change.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

The Indian culture says: ‘Dharma will protect the one who protects the Dharma’……

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“The Indian culture says:
Dharma will protect the one who protects the Dharma‘.
If you serve something it will serve you.
The more I honour the other person
the better will be the response,
of course it may take some time.”
TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

It is necessary to have a competent and accessible teacher.

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“It is necessary to have a competent and accessible teacher.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

Although Krishnamacharya came from a strict Indian tradition……

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T Krishnamacharya at 91

“Although Krishnamacharya came from a strict Indian tradition,
he liberated the restrictions.
He segregated his personal beliefs from his teaching
and his interest in the different texts on Yoga and Vedānta.

It isn’t necessary to be a Hindu to practice Yoga,
the Hindu text, the Brahma Sūtra refute Yoga.
In the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali God is not emphasised.

Hindus have taken advantage of Yoga,
Brahmin rituals use Yoga breathing,
even if it is only symbolic and they use Mantra.

Krishnamacharya didn’t mix the different teachings,
he didn’t start a class with prayers when he worked with foreigners.”
From study notes with TKV Desikachar England 1992

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So if certain Yoga Sādhana have a place in another culture……

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So if certain Yoga Sādhana have a place in another culture we must consider whether this symbol (Om) has a place with people who don’t understand it.”

TKV Desikachar – Lecture on September 5th 1983 in Zinal, Switzerland (Fuller notes on this lecture yet to be posted)