The belief that the individual can be his or her own teacher is one point of view.

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“The belief that the individual can be his or her own teacher is one point of view.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Yoga Practice turns and prepares the soil…..

Yoga Practice turns and prepares the soil.
Yoga Study offers a range of seeds for planting.
We may need advice on how to integrate the two.

Yoga Practice is an essential part of Yoga Study……

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Yoga Practice is an essential part of Yoga Study.
Rather than Yoga Study being an essential part of Yoga Practice.

Feedback from a teacher-student about a student who asked to ‘try before buying’……

Feedback from a teacher-student about a student who asked to ‘try before buying’ a group class and then didn’t wish to continue with the group because:-
“I’m not going to make any friends, the class was too quiet at the end, nobody was talking.”

Sthira Sukham Āsanam – Means what happens before and after a posture……

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Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46 Sthira Sukham Āsanam
“Means what happens before and after a posture.
One should be able to move to another posture with ease.
– TKV Desikachar England 1980

Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva in Yoga Sūtra C2 v48……

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 10.


Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva  in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 48,
by relating it to the definition of Āsana in Chapter One of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.
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Explain the theoretical progression within the different Prāṇāyāma techniques.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 10

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Explain the theoretical progression within the different Prāṇāyāma techniques.
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Is the Yoga teachers search for Yoga students or trainee teachers…..

Is the Yoga teachers search for Yoga students or trainee teachers in danger of usurping the search for Yoga for both teacher and student?

I feel the importance of taking personal responsibility for correct pronunciation of Saṃskṛta…..

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I feel the importance of taking personal responsibility for correct pronunciation of Saṃskṛta should not be compromised by learning laziness and with it the sloppy pronunciation so apparent today, even amongst Yoga teachers of many years.

There is a vibrational power inherent in these powerful Yoga concepts in Saṃskṛta that can only be realised through correct pronunciation. Or at least learn how to pronounce the word Āsana as it is meant to be heard.

Thirty day Personal Study Project on Yoga Planning, Theory and Sūtra

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The crossover of the seasons arrived almost to the day as August transits to September and with it a resumption of my teaching Dharma as we crossover from Summer to Autumn.
However this September sees me on the road a lot one way or another with little opportunity for reflections around my Yoga study.
So as I will be unable to post consistently I have prepared a 30 day Personal Study Project on three topics, with an alternating post on each, thus 10 questions each around a different area of Study.

The three topics are:

  • Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning
  • Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory
  • Yoga Sūtra Study
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For me, observing a students personal practice skills are a vital aspect……

For me, observing a students personal practice skills are a vital aspect in accessing their preparedness for teaching the core principles of practice to others.

For me training in learning how to teach Yoga is not the same as……

For me training in learning how to teach Yoga is not the same as training in learning how to practice Yoga.
These days the burgeoning ‘fast track’ priorities to accumulate prospective trainees,
coupled with their own desires to become a Yoga teacher,
quite often before being grounded in personal practice,
will only further obscure this distinction.

In the West whilst they don’t accept authority, they would like to be……

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“In the West whilst they don’t accept authority,
they would like to be the authority.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras 1998

Strange to find my bananas enveloped by Yoga teachings on vinyāsa krama.

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I was shopping one day at my favourite fruit stall in Adyar one day in 1980, in the days prior to such things as plastic bags, plastic bottles, etc.

So my fruit was put into paper bags and as she handed them to me I noticed that they had been handmade from someones old A4 notes written in a distinctive green ink.

S’funny I thought, as that looks familiar writing/drawing and sure enough it was my own notes from my personal lessons with Desikachar.

Somehow my original notes had worked their way from being written up by me, to the waste paper basket in my apartment, and via my cook, to a paper bag maker, to be resold to the street vendors.

A curious juxtaposition to find my bananas enveloped by Yoga teachings on vinyāsa krama.

Stay lean and keep the fire going in your belly……

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“With discipline and modest fare.
Stay lean and keep the fire going in your belly.
Think of God and repeat his words – silently and out loud.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v5

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Useful to be informed when we proffer opinions……

Useful to be informed when we proffer opinions.
Otherwise they can pose as if facts.
Not something we come across much in Yoga of course:-)

You Yogis, you are always preparing to meditate.

“You Yogis, you are always preparing to meditate.”
– from a personal dialogue with a former Abbot of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery (Cittaviveka) circa 1985

What does reflecting on our relationship with Prāṇamaya reveal?

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What does reflecting on our relationship with Prāṇamaya reveal?
– Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter Three Bhṛguvallī verse 2

What does reflecting on our relationship with Annamaya reveal?

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What does reflecting on our relationship with Annamaya reveal?
– Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter Three Bhṛguvallī verse 1

After having seen the consequences of your action……

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“After having seen the consequences of your action,
to think and then to jump,
not the other way round.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

General outline on Cikitsa Krama……

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“General outline on Cikitsa Krama.
More sophisticated than Śikṣaṇa Krama.
Already when you know an object it is seen differently by different people.
So when I offer a healing object it is seen as a cause of disease by others.
One mind can influence minds differently,
because different minds receive things differently.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

Modern Yoga appears to be increasingly about being someone……

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Modern Yoga appears to be increasingly about being someone, rather than being no one.

Modern Yoga appears to be increasingly about going somewhere……

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Modern Yoga appears to be increasingly about going somewhere, rather than going nowhere.

Is there an equivalent of “redemption” in the Yogic system?

UnknownQuestion:
Is there an equivalent of “redemption” in the Yogic system? Getting out of the trouble caused by Avidyā?

Response:
A complex question as all the major Religious traditions have different views as to what it is and how it works.

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The re-action of Tapas should lead you towards Svādhyāya……

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Svādhyāya
Reflecting on our actions will tell us something about oneself.
The word means going toward oneself.
The re-action of Tapas should lead you towards Svādhyāya.
Also means study of texts.
For example Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā and Pūrṇa Matsyendrāsana.
Is the effect different from what it said will happen?
This leads to Svādhyāya and Anumāna or to a teacher.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983