It feels as if ‘Modern Postural Yoga’ is increasingly concerned with…….

It feels as if ‘Modern Postural Yoga’
is increasingly concerned with the
Movement of the Silhouette rather
than the Stillness of the Source.”

Yoga is the experience of stillness……

“Yoga is the experience of stillness,
within the fluctuations of mind,
rather than the experience of stillness,
of the fluctuations of mind.”

Yoga is more about looking inwards at what we fear most…….

Yoga is about looking inwards,
at what we fear most.
Rather than looking outwards,
at what we desire most.

I find myself reflecting on the notion of ‘authentic lineage’……

I find myself reflecting on the notion of ‘authentic lineage’, often taught within the statement of Paramparā or ‘from one to another’ as in a succession from teacher to student et al. Both from questions asked of me and questions I have around what I see, generally within the world of ‘Modern’ Yoga and more specifically emerging around the claims on facets in the evolution of TKV Desikachar’s teaching over four decades.

Currently I see various representational phrases being used in modern organisational setups around pupils or students of TKV Desikachar such as ‘Influenced by the Teaching of…..’ or ‘The Living Tradition of…..’ or ‘The Lineage of……’ as if a provenance of authority alluding to authenticity, studentship and tradition.

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A sign of a maturing in our relationship with a 121 Yoga Teacher is……

In the novice phase of our relationship with a 121 Yoga Teacher,
it’s not so much about what we bring to the Lesson,
it’s more about what we take away from the Lesson.

A sign of a maturing in our relationship with a 121 Yoga Teacher,
is that we accept more responsibility for what we bring to the Lesson,
being a determining factor in what we take away from the Lesson.

Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.

Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.”

Before there can be Yoga or linking there must be Viyoga……

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“Before there can be Yoga or linking there must be Viyoga or unlinking.
What are we prepared to unlink from in order to link?”

One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us with the challenge……

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One of the purposes of Yoga is to help us with the challenge of
discerning between what is our Dharma and what is our Karma.

Musings on the Student’s Relationship with the Teacher

Memories from my early days, over 40 years ago now, of going to teachers to teach me Yoga were generally around the notion, replete with conscious and unconscious expectations, that the teacher was there to bring out the best in me.

For example I feel that many of us if group class teachers are used to working with the Lazarus factor (raising folks from the dead each week). Here we can get caught or even need the expectation, both in you and/or in the student, that you will be or are ‘the one’ to revitalise the students tired and/or wired bodies as well as restoring confident dispositions.

However my experiences arising from working with TKV Desikachar stood that notion on its head. This was not through anything he said or did but from my own slowly acquired realisation that my way of looking at the relationship was confused.

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Initially our Yoga Journey is towards our relationship with living…..

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Initially our Yoga Journey is towards our relationship with living.
Ultimately our Yoga Journey is towards our relationship with dying.

Yoga offers me an intelligent way to come out of my mistakes.

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Yoga offers me an intelligent way to come out of my mistakes.

The greatest gift in old age is the ability to be in the present.

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The greatest gift in old age is the ability to be in the present.
The greatest forfeit in old age is the tendency to be in the past or the future.

The Road to Good Intention is Paved with Hell.

The Road to Good Intention is Paved with Hell

“The Road to Good Intention is Paved with Hell.”

Happy New Year 2016 🙂

Yoga is a process that evolves…..

Yoga is a process that evolves

Yoga is a process that evolves,
from an enquiry into our limitations,
towards an inquiry that expands our potentials.

Even these days the influence of Krishnamacharya’s teachings……

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Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Even these days, the influence of Krishnamacharya’s teachings around Yoga are primarily known through his exacting teaching of Āsana. This has also been mainly experienced in the West with the developmental work of his early students, such as through the choreographical artistry in the work of Pattabhi Jois or through the geometrical precision in the work of BKS Iyengar.

However this area of Āsana teaching, though itself multifaceted and hugely influential, if disproportionately predominant within Yoga today, only reveals one aspect of the many dimensions of practice expressed within his teaching. This teaching evolved and refined over 70 years, from his return from his long stay around the borders of Nepal and Tibet in 1919, to his death in 1989

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The heart of the breath is our home.

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The heart of the breath is our home.

Until we see through the illusion of life……

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Until we see through the illusion of life,
we will be unable to see,
through the illusion of life.

Yoga is about recognising change and recognising that which recognises change.

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Yoga is about recognising change and recognising that which recognises change.

Yoga Dhyānam is the art of settling the mind in the heartspace.

3anahataYoga Dhyānam is the art of settling the mind in the heartspace.

Through Yoga Sādhana we work towards the present dominating the past……

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More usually the past dominates the present.
Through Yoga Sādhana we work towards the present dominating the past.

Teaching 121 lessons remained at the heart of Krishnamacharya’s and Desikachar’s priorities

TKV Desikachar and Paul Harvey

My experience of the application (though not known as Viniyoga till some years after I began my studies in India) of Yoga as a 121 personalised practice methodology transmitted from teacher to student has been formed by a 23 year apprenticeship through intensive immersions in personal lessons, from numerous visits to Madras in South India, learning Yoga practice techniques and theory and associated Yoga and lifestyle texts study under my root teacher TKV Desikachar.

My journey to this relationship with 121 lessons as an authentic and traditional medium for adults learning Yoga as a practice tool and study reference for our personal support and development started in 1972, as for most of us with joining a group Yoga Class. In my case from an interest in meditation coupled with an inability to even sit on my heels.

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If you remove the past from the present what is left?

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If you remove the past from the present what is left?

Be with your breath……

Be with your breath,
as if with your lover,
both passionate and tender,
present with body and mind,
within the fullness of soul.

Its not until we create a space will we know what can arise.

Its not until we create a space will we know what can arise.

Better to be clear about being confused……

Better to be clear about being confused,
rather than being confused about being clear.

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