Principles of Practice Planning according to the viniyoga of Yoga

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The viniyoga of Planning Principles Series Post 1

Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6
tasya bhūmiṣu viniyogaḥ
“Its application is in stages.”

“The spirit of viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself.
As everybody is different and changes from time to time,
there can be no common starting point and ready-made answers are useless.
The present situation must be examined and the habitually established status must be re-examined.”
– TKV Desikachar

Series

  1. Consider the accumulative effect of Āsana and Pratikriyāsana...... (April 23, 2015)
    The viniyoga of Planning Principles Series Post 5 Vinyāsa Krama - Intelligent sequence building within Āsana, Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma Specific Areas within Āsana, Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma practice to consider when planning: 1. Consider the overall purpose of practice (short/long term as appropriate) Be clear about the goal and don’t try to reach too many goals in same practice Keep the practice short and simple in intention and execution Consider time of day and season both inside and out Consider the accumulative effect of Āsana and Pratikriyāsana, in any one practice, and over time if being practiced regularly Consider psychological, physiological and energetic aspects of practice. Energetically we seek to expand, open upper part of the body, above diaphragm and close, reduce lower part of the body below the diaphragm
  2. Whatever the specific aims or intended outcomes preserve the spirit of Yoga...... (March 23, 2015)
    The viniyoga of Planning Principles Series Post 4 General Aims and Intended Outcomes around Practice Planning: Be clear about the difference between aim(s) and intended outcome(s) Distinguish between short-term and long-term aim(s) and intended outcome(s) Appreciate how you can factor short term outcomes within long term aims Avoid having too many aims or intended outcomes within one practice – keep it focused Consider the five areas that practice can interact with – body, spine, breath, mind and emotions Whatever the specific aims or intended outcomes preserve the spirit of Yoga
  3. Make the practice shorter than the time available...... (March 22, 2015)
    The viniyoga of Planning Principles Series Post 3 Some General Guidelines: Be clear about your purpose Hold the reflection that practice is a means not an end Remember ‘can’ is not the same as ‘should’ Ask yourself what is most effective Plan for others as it applies to them, not as it applies to you Consider its relationship to both short term and long term goals Aim to cultivate a state of Sattva by reducing Tamas and stabilising Rajas Keep it simple and consider how to spend more time in fewer Āsana Make the practice shorter than the time available Stick to the conventions of technique unless there is a reason to change them
  4. In terms of practice planning the spirit of viniyoga is achieved...... (March 21, 2015)
    The viniyoga of Planning Principles Series Post 2 In terms of practice planning the spirit of viniyoga is achieved by two broad means: 1. The selection of practice material that is appropriate to the needs and circumstances of the student. 2. The intelligent use of Vinyāsa Krama.
  5. Principles of Practice Planning according to the viniyoga of Yoga (May 15, 2013)
    The viniyoga of Planning Principles Series Post 1 Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6 tasya bhūmiṣu viniyogaḥ “Its application is in stages.” “The spirit of viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself. As everybody is different and changes from time to time, there can be no common starting point and ready-made answers are useless. The present situation must be examined and the habitually established status must be re-examined.” - TKV Desikachar

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