Personal Sādhana and Professional Teaching Today……

Personal Sādhana and Professional Teaching

Chatting recently with a student about starting their first group class applying the principles of the viniyoga of Yoga. They were saying how the practice arts they had learnt so far had only been applied in the context of their personal Sādhana. As such what had been experienced felt very precious and they felt as if they didn’t want to share it with others yet.

They were reassured when I said I not only understood and agreed, but felt that too many want to ‘share’ what they have learnt far too quickly.

I remember once teaching something that was personally unique and specific to a student, who was also a teacher. Some 10 days later I happened to be taking a day seminar in their area and a student came up and starting talking to me about their teacher because they knew they were my student and about something new they had learnt from them in their group class only the previous week, you can guess what that was.

For me what I received from my teacher were like small cuttings from a special plant. They need to be carefully rooted and tended for through the food of practice and the water of consistency. Only once they become strong and rooted in their own nature can we start to consider offering cuttings to others.

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Taking Yoga Further – Excerpt from Yoga for Every Body

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Students often ask:
“How do I progress?
How do I know when I’ve progressed?
Does it mean staying longer in a posture?
Does it mean practising more often or for a longer time?
What are the next steps?”
and so on

These questions can be explored by looking at Yoga from three different viewpoints. They can help us appreciate what it means to change the unhelpful patterns of behaviour which cause us problems and difficulties time and time again.

The three viewpoints are:
1) Practice
2) Lifestyle
3) Attitude

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Is there an equivalent of “redemption” in the Yogic system?

UnknownQuestion:
Is there an equivalent of “redemption” in the Yogic system? Getting out of the trouble caused by Avidyā?

Response:
A complex question as all the major Religious traditions have different views as to what it is and how it works.

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I feel reflecting on the recent three posts on Īśvara Praṇidhānā……

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I feel reflecting on the recent three posts on Īśvara Praṇidhānā from TKV Desikachar in relation to our actions needs to consider the Sat Viniyoga or appropriate application of the Citta or psyche in terms of:

Vikalpa or the ability to skilfully use imagination and fantasy.
Pramāṇa or the ability to skilfully use right perception.
Smṛti or the ability to skilfully use our memory of experiences.

And the Sat Viniyoga or appropriate application of Time In terms of its three faces – Past, Present and Future.
These two aspects psyche and time offer a myriad of combinations for reflection such as:

  • Past – “īśvara Praṇidhānā – How do we take the fruit of our action?”
    How skilful is my use of Pramāṇa around being present with possible impacts of previous actions?
  • Present – “The relationship we have developed with the fruits of our actions is īśvara Praṇidhānā
    How skilful is my use of Smṛti around being present with possible effects of current actions?
  • Future – “īśvara Praṇidhānā – What is our attitude towards our own action?”
    How skilful is my use of Vikalpa around possible outcomes of future actions?

I do feel that verses 10 and 11 Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two offer……


This post arose from a comment in a thread yesterday on my facebook page:
“I feel that by now you are surely off Yoga Sūtra 2.1?”
Its not something I think about often from that perspective so my thanks to Ivan for the following reflection:

“I do feel that verses 10 and 11 Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two offer an inspiration for the transition from Kriyā Yoga towards Aṣṭāṅga Yoga.

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Increasingly I observe Yoga teachers, even if not trained specifically in……

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Increasingly I observe Yoga teachers, even if not trained specifically in this area, offering private tuition or 121’s as an adjunct to their other teaching activities.

I also observe a proliferation of Yoga trainings for becoming a teacher within 121 situations, especially Yoga Therapy, often as an adjunct or ‘bolt on’ to group teacher trainings, accepting students even if from other approaches, styles or traditions.

I have increasing questions around the personal developmental aspects of these options within the context of them being acquisitional skill based professional add-ons to ones teaching repertoire.

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It is the student in us that must realize ‘Avasthānam’…..

This post continues from the quote below posted in January 2013:

“These days there is lots of talk on what is involved in training to be a Yoga Teacher,
however little talk on what is involved in training to be a Yoga Student.”

Developing this further I feel it is the student in us that must, through an appropriate Sādhana received within an auspicious context with a teacher, realize ‘Avasthānam’ in that the ‘Svarūpa’ or the ‘own character’ of the inner student ‘takes up its place’.

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