Religiousness in Yoga Study Guide: Chapter Eight Theory

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

‘Religiousness in Yoga: Lectures on Theory and Practice’ by the University Press of America,
a transcript of recordings of a one month Yoga Programme in Colgate University in 1976, published in 1980.

Unlike the later redacted edition, re-published in 1995 as the ‘Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice’, it captures the evolution of the retreat with the days lectures and Q & A dialogues as they alternated between ‘lectures on the principles and purposes of Yoga and discussions related to the practice of Yoga with special reference to the postures and the breathing techniques’.

TKV Desikachar, in his forward to the original version wrote:

“These lectures and discussions, printed words put before persons I might never meet,
are but reflections of that deeper result that grew out of a living face-to-face encounter.
Coming to learn of Yoga only through reading leaves much to be desired.
Yet, something worthwhile about Yoga might be shared through the medium of the printed word.”

A chapter by chapter Study guide is offered below with added verse and word cross-references where possible to support a a deeper linking with the teachings within these lectures and Q & A sessions.

Chapter Eight Theory:
Yama, Niyama and Āsana – The First Three Aṅga of Yoga
– Pages 107-115

1. Review P107

2. Yama and Niyama P107-108

3. Yama P108-110

4. Signs of progress P110-111

5. Limbs no steps P111

  • Link to Aṅga

6. Niyama P111

7. Signs of Progress P111-113

8. Question on of relationship of Kriyā and Śauca P113

9. Question on Tapas as austerity P113

10. Āsana  P113-114

11. Means to achieve definition P113-114

12. Result of practice of Āsana P114-115

13. Summary and Preview P115

Follow this link for a Downloadable PDF version of the Chapter Eight Study Guide

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