Yoga is not so much about what we bring to the practice mat……

In the novice phase of our relationship with personal practice,
Yoga is not so much about what we bring to the practice mat,
it’s more about what we take away from the practice mat.

A sign of a maturing in our relationship with personal practice,
is that we accept more responsibility for what we bring to the practice mat
being a determining factor in what we take away from the practice mat.

As a Yoga Teacher we need to ensure that our personal Yoga Practice…..

As a Yoga Teacher we need to ensure that our personal Yoga Practice
doesn’t become a repetition of, or rehearsal for, our Yoga Teaching plans.

Our Yoga Teaching needs to be an appurtenance to our Yoga Practice.

Our Yoga Teaching needs to be an appurtenance to our Yoga Practice.
Rather than our Yoga Practice being an appurtenance to our Yoga Teaching.

Our Yoga practice needs to evolve….

Our Yoga practice needs to evolve,
amongst other longer term unfoldings,
towards a live-in personalised relationship,
rather than just a go-out group class affair.

Contemplate the Source of the Breath.

“Contemplate the Source of the Breath.”

Once you lose the breath in Āsana……

Once you lose the breath in Āsana, effort becomes force.

Because I am too wired to practice I don’t practice……

Because I am too wired to practice I don’t practice.
Because I don’t practice I am too wired to practice.
Because I am too wired to practice I don’t practice.
Because…….

Because I am too tired to practice I don’t practice…..

Because I am too tired to practice I don’t practice.
Because I don’t practice I am too tired to practice.
Because I am too tired to practice I don’t practice.
Because…….

Life is often divided into agendas, two of which are headed “chore” and “reward”……

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“Life is often divided into agendas,
two of which are headed “chore” and “reward”.
Try to keep some room on the latter list for your practice
in the same way that you would greet an old friend.
Take time in their company and return to your everyday life rejuvenated
and better able to embrace your surroundings.”

We can make a profession out of the myriad of ways we use Āsana….

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“We can make a profession out of the myriad of ways we find
to use Āsana to stay too busy to make time for Prāṇāyāma.”

We can make a career out of finding a myriad of ways……

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“We can make a profession out of the myriad of ways we find
to stay too busy to make time for home practice.”

Then there are those Āsana that you learn solely for practices other than Āsana.

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Then there are those Āsana that you learn solely for practices other than Āsana.

Are we confusing the maturation of our Āsana practice with the maturation of our Yoga practice?

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Are we confusing the maturation of our Āsana practice
with the maturation of our Yoga practice?

Just because a person can achieve the form of the Āsana….

“Just because a person can achieve the form of the Āsana,
we can’t presume they will also achieve the experience of the Āsana.”

One of the primary roles for Āsana is to make the spine a fit vehicle for Prāṇāyāma.

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“One of the primary roles for Āsana
is to make the spine a fit vehicle for Prāṇāyāma.”

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Mahā Mudrā is a rock on which to take a seat…..

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Mahāmudrā is a rock on which to take a seat,
amidst the swirling waves in the ocean that is the Citta.

Ultimately our experience of the Āsana is refined through……

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“Ultimately our experience of the Āsana is refined
through the mystery of the breath,
rather than the mastery of the form.”

Tri Bandha Sādhana starts from the top down rather than the bottom up.

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Tri Bandha Sādhana – Jālandhara, Uḍḍīyāna and Mūla,
starts from the top down rather than the bottom up,
in both senses.

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Mūla Bandha is that part of Uḍḍīyāna Bandha that you do not release.

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Mūla Bandha is that part of Uḍḍīyāna Bandha that you do not release.

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Nyāsa – The Art of drawing the Mantra into the Heart through the Body.

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Nyāsa
The Art of drawing the Mantra into the Heart through the Body.”

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Yoga practice evolves from an external other cooked restaurant experience to……

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Yoga practice evolves from an external other cooked restaurant experience
to an internal self cooked home experience via the stages of:
1. Dependence on an outside teacher and external ambient venue.
2. Interdependence where we add the beginnings of a home practice to our outside support.
3. Independence where we have refined the skill to rely on and be primarily nourished by our home practice.
This is Svatantra.

Yoga Sūtra Chanting for the Mind……

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Temple Chanting in Ansuyadevi on Pañca Kedar

Yoga Sūtra Chanting for the Mind.
Veda Mantra Chanting for the Soul.

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One of the key concepts in the viniyoga of Āsana……

One of the key concepts in the viniyoga of Āsana
is how to facilitate movement in the spine
rather than just movement of the spine.

First look at the circumstances around the practice……

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First look at the circumstances around the practice rather than the practice itself.
For example, what is the purpose of the practice?

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Mahā Mudrā is the bridge between Āsana and Prāṇāyāma.

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Mahā Mudrā is the bridge between Āsana and Prāṇāyāma.

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