“We can make a profession out of the myriad of ways we find
to stay too busy to make time for home practice.”
“There are certain things we do in Yoga which seem to aid Dhyāna
because they remove something which is blocking it.”
– TKV Desikachar ‘The Antaraṅga Sādhana, Saṃyama and Kaivalya’
Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Thirteen Page 186
The Art of the viniyoga of Yoga Core Workshop
– Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Mantra & Sūtra Study & Practice
Having just put together a 60 page manual for the upcoming viniyoga of Yoga Core Workshop this May weekend, I thought it might be interesting to create a post so readers can get an idea of its content from a breakdown of its four primary themes and study foci within each topic.
The two day workshop draws together a number of the core practice and study strands, that the practice and teaching priorities of Krishnamcharya and Desikachar specialised in, into one composite introductory programme. The next workshop will be in November 2017 and then May 2018, there are currently two places available for this November and five for next May.
The viniyoga of Yoga Core Workshop Topics total around 10 hours on:
Practice Study Question around Āsana Planning Theory:
Identify a minimum of two modifications of preparatory Āsana
which can be used to make Adho Mukha Śvānāsana more effective.
The purpose of Vedānta is to become God…..
At an ideological level, Vedānta rejects Yoga’s idea of God as something potentially helpful,
beside that point it likewise rejects whatever is said in Yoga that does not take one toward God.
However, the Vedānta Sūtra does emphasise the importance of sitting properly for meditation
and the Bhagavad Gītā speaks of the need for proper breathing.
All the Śāstra, in fact, accept the physical discipline of Yoga.”
– TKV Desikachar Chennai July 1981
“The ultimate goal of Yoga is to always observe things accurately,
and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.”
– TKV Desikachar
अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥
“Now follow the teachings of Yoga.”
“Atha – Now in the sense of nowness.
By convention let there be something auspicious.
The Sūtra are different in the sense of not having a prayer dedication in the first Sūtra.
Thus Atha fills this role.
Particularly the letter ‘A’ which is a dedication.
“Of sounds I am the first letter A.”
Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Ten verse 33
Now I am going to tell you something about Yoga.
A serious discussion as you, the students, are ready.
This also refers to the student’s previous attempts at learning, which will now be clarified.