Thirty day Personal Study Project on Yoga Planning, Theory and Sūtra Summary

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Thirty days have passed and ten posts have been posted on each on the three topics below which can be downloaded as PDF’s as three themed topics, each with ten questions or a single thirty question collective:

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Questions 1-10

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Study Theory Questions 1-10

Yoga Sūtra Study Questions 1-10

The thirty posts collated into a single downloadable PDF Study Workbook

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Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.

Ātma is the source of the sunlight in the Psyche.”

Reflect the essence of each of the first eleven Sūtra in Chapter One…

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Yoga Sūtra Study Question:

Identify and list one key word that reflects the essence of each
of the first eleven Sūtra in Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra.

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The presence and actions of Prāṇa Śakti……..

The presence and actions of Prāṇa Śakti

Generally the purpose of Yoga is to bring about a change within the prominence of awareness and its subsequent impact on the attitude and function of the individual.

Whether this change is explored as a yoking of two opposites, as in Prāṇa and Apāna, or an unyoking of two seemingly inseparable aspects, as in Puruṣa and Prakṛti, time and a process are involved. Also this notion of change may be initiated within an individual’s physical body, energetic processes, mental attitude and emotional responses.

However, within Indian thought there is a concept that is common to the different philosophies and to the different aspects of the individual. This concept is the presence, power and actions of Prāṇa.

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Svādhyāya – to look at that which helps me understand.

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Svādhyāya – to look at that which helps me understand.”
Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1

Laṅghana Kriyā can be used for pacification or for purification…….

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Following on from yesterdays post on Bṛṃhaṇa Kriyā and Laṅghana Kriyā as expansive and contractive activities I felt it could be helpful to republish a post from last year developing the concept and application of Laṅghana Kriyā. There is little published information available on these important concepts that Krishnamacharya drew from Āyurveda and applied through his Yoga teaching. For more on this teaching relationship of Yoga and Āyurveda view ‘The Krishnamacharya methodology of melding the viniyoga of Āyurveda with that of Yoga‘.

Whilst reposting this piece on Laṅghana Kriyā and its application within the teaching concepts of Śamanam Kriyā and Śodhanam Kriyā, I have also added links so the reader can further reference the Saṃskṛta Words Compendium, with its now 750 Saṃskṛta word database cross linking concepts and texts.

Finally the original piece can be downloaded as a PDF and is listed on the Yoga Posts as PDF’s Repository, a further resource now approaching 150 downloadable PDF Links.

Laṅghana Kriyā is the viniyoga methodology with its reducing, lightening or contractive potentials within the practice of ĀsanaMudrā and Prāṇāyāma. As a practice process it is actualised through an understanding of the primary principles that inform Haṭha Yoga and Āyurveda.

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Bṛṃhaṇa Kriyā and Laṅghana Kriyā as Expansive and Contractive potentials…..

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Bṛṃhaṇa Kriyā and Laṅghana Kriyā as expansive and contractive activities are two potentials actualised through the Breath and Āsana.

Within the practice of Āsana, Mudrā and Prāṇāyāma they are actualised through an understanding of the primary principles that inform Haṭha Yoga and Āyurveda.

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List five of the key concepts for Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra in order of appearance

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Yoga Sūtra Study Question:

List five of the key concepts for Chapter One of the Yoga Sūtra in order of appearance.

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The search for understanding is driven by misunderstanding……

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“The search for understanding is driven by misunderstanding,
though not always in the right direction.”
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 5

Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge….

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Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge,
over the fear bringing streams of the mind.”
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit within the wanderings of the Citta.

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It is difficult to realise the wonders of Cit
within the wanderings of the Citta.

How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice……

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Yukta Abhyāsa or skilful practice.
How to cultivate as intimate a relationship with our Practice,
as with our Problems.
Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 14

In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind

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In Jñāna Dhyānam the most difficult exercise for the mind
is the one of not exercising the mind.
– Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 13

The Das Upāya or ten approaches to Sādhana…….

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In introducing the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One Upāya section within verses 2039,
Krishnamacharya talks about Das Upāya or ten approaches,
of which two are Śodhanam (Purifying) Sādhana
and eight are Śamanam (Palliating) Sādhana.

Pratyāhāra is not feeding the minds identification with the senses……

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Pratyāhāra is not feeding the tendency of the Citta to automatically form a positive, negative, or neutral identification with whatever stimuli the senses present to it. From that we can begin to understand how their external gathering activities stimulate our conscious and especially, unconscious choices.

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Vāsanā is an unconscious motivation directed towards……

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Vāsanā is an unconscious motivation directed towards
satisfying a physiological or psychological need.”
Commentary on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four verse 8

Sūtra Mālā – A Thread of Pearls on Yoga Chapter One verses 1-4

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Chapter One Samādhi Pādaḥ

First Theme Nirodha or Containment verses 1-4

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Now,
Follow the Teachings of Yoga.

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Yoga arises from the containment of,
Our propensity to fluctuate.

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From this state,
Clarity of being,
As vision is from the source of perception.

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At all other times,
We identify with the fluctuations.

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