What are the points to be considered while planning an Āsana practice?

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Question asked from the recent post on moving into the posture after the exhale:
What are the points to be considered while planning an Āsana practice?

Response:
An important question within which there are many aspects that come into three primary areas.
Firstly the general considerations or directional overview around planning a Yoga practice.

For Example:

Yoga Practice and Study was seen by T Krishnamacharya as……

Secondly the general considerations around planning an Āsana practice.

For Example:

Aṣṭāṅgāsana – The eight limbs of Āsana Planning and Practice

Thirdly how these practice principles need to be applied according to the background of the practitioner.

For Example:

Practice as a Process and Practice as Content…..

Obviously the last point implies that there needs to be some reflective reference in terms of a teacher who knows something around who is asking the question regarding where to focus regarding the individual characteristics of the prospective practitioner in terms of the tendencies of their body, breath and mind and aims, potential and interests.

For Example:

Know your breath and its unique characteristics in Āsana and you will……

All in all it means that there needs to be both a study of the various aspects of practice and how they might be developed both short term and longer term within the situation of the practitioner.

The former, regarding the study of the various aspects of practice, can be approached through study of the theory of Āsana practice through such options as:

For Example:

Overview of the viniyoga of Āsana Practice Techniques and Theory Modules

The latter, how they might be developed both shorter term and longer term within the situation of the practitioner, is more difficult to offer anything more than a generalised response around.

For Example Shorter Term:

Principles behind why Krishnamacharya only taught adults 121……

For Example Longer Term:

Reflections on TKV Desikachar’s Teaching and Svatantra……

Thank you for your question.

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