Any Abhyāsa is only for the mind, you cannot go beyond that point.

Abhyāsa

“Any Abhyāsa is only for the mind,
you cannot go beyond that point.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 2

Satkāra – To feel better about things than in the past.

Satkāra
To feel better about things than in the past.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

Looking beyond the superficial to the source, this is Abhyāsa.

Abhyāsa

“Looking beyond the superficial to the source,
this is Abhyāsa.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

The starting point for Abhyāsa is not the mind….

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“The starting point for Abhyāsa is not the mind,
it is other than the mind.
The moment the mind takes over you are in difficulty.”
– From 121 Sūtra lessons with Desikachar

The phenomenon called Yoga allows the mind……

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“The phenomenon called Yoga
allows the mind and its functions to orientate in one direction
and receive something from that direction.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice……

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Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.
Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

Abhyāsa is the practice of reflecting on the difference……

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Abhyāsa is the practice of reflecting on the difference
between the nature of spirit and the nature of matter.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

In order to discipline the mind we need to develop a mental practice……

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“In order to discipline the mind,
we need to develop a mental practice that clearly reveals the distinction
between the nature of spirit and matter.”
– T Krishnamacharya commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

You should not get tired of the means or the practice.

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“You should not get tired of the means or the practice.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

How do you know the use of the right means is good?

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“How do you know the use of the right means is good?”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

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The spirit of Abhyāsa is to always verify the best means to go from……

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“The spirit of Abhyāsa is to always verify the best means to go from one step to another.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

All means by themselves have no direction……

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“All means by themselves have no direction.
One must fix the direction and make sure it is not lost.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises……

Abhyāsa and Vairāgya
Within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not clinging to what arises within the effort of trying to remain there not……..
abhyāsa vairāgyābhyāṃ tat nirodhaḥ
“By both practice and dispassion that contained.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 12

A series of linked questions on the first two chapters of the Yoga Sūtra

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Its that time of the year where many Yoga Teachers have a brief summer window during August during which they can turn their attention away from the needs of their students towards themselves.

Thus I am receiving requests from students as to how they may develop a directed study amidst the other demands that the summer break brings.

One suggestion is to offer a series of linked questions focused around the first two chapters of the Yoga Sūtra. These questions were part of a broader Yoga study project offered last year. However as the Yoga Sūtra section offers an opportunity for guided self study, it could be helpful to offer it again to support a reflective review on Yoga Psychology.

Further study and practice guides will be offered within other areas of Yoga Study and Practice.

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Meditation is about the quality of the effort rather than……

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Meditation is about the quality of the effort rather than the fruit of the time.
– Observation on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

Abhyāsa is the practice that leads to Viveka……

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Abhyāsa is the practice that leads to Viveka,
the state which there are no external distractions to prevent clear perception.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

Abhyāsa, when performed with reverence, without interruption, over……

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Abhyāsa, when performed with reverence,
without interruption,
over a long period of time,
will result in a healthy body, acute senses and extraordinary alertness.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

The concepts of Practice and Dispassion are co-essential in the teaching of Patañjali……

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 2.

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The concepts of Abhyāsa (Practice) and Vairāgya (Dispassion) in Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verses 12-16
are co-essential in the teaching of Patañjali.
Discuss their relationship and list and comment on the attitudes that support their practice.
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I do feel that verses 10 and 11 Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two offer……


This post arose from a comment in a thread yesterday on my facebook page:
“I feel that by now you are surely off Yoga Sūtra 2.1?”
Its not something I think about often from that perspective so my thanks to Ivan for the following reflection:

“I do feel that verses 10 and 11 Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two offer an inspiration for the transition from Kriyā Yoga towards Aṣṭāṅga Yoga.

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Since Dhyāna cannot occur without an object of concentration……

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“Since Dhyāna cannot occur without an object of concentration,
there must be an area (Deśa) where you fix your mind.
So, first you have to fix or bind (Bandha) your mind on a particular place (Deśa), a chosen object; this is known as (Deśa Bandha as in YS C3 v1).
And second, the mind should establish a relationship with this object which should last, at least, for a moment.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

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