It appears that Yoga folks often talk about the effects of Yoga Āsana on the spine in Yoga yet the reality is more based on the effects of Yoga Āsana on the external aspects of the structural form. It has also been an observation over some four decades of teaching that the two can get confused in terms of assessing developmental progress within the practice of Yoga Āsana.Continue Reading
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“It seems that with modern Yoga the perception of ‘advanced’ is based around physical appearance and artistic performance, as exemplified by Āsana; over psychological efforts and cultivation of inner skills, as exemplified by Prāṇāyāma and Dhyānam.”
Its interesting to read this a decade later and reflect on whether if anything has changed and if so in what way?
“The current world of Yoga seems to be made up of many small parts,
each one competing with and often confusing the other.
This is not consistent with the spirit of Yoga,
whose very meaning is ‘to unite’.”
- TKV Desikachar May 2002
Also from the same place and time you might like to read an interview with TKV Desikachar and Kausthub Desikachar by Lisa Miriam Cherry. It was conducted during a seminar in the Omega Institute, New York State, May 2002 entitled “The Ocean of Yoga – from the parts to the whole”.
To read or download the interview with TKV Desikachar and his son conducted during this seminar, and published in Yoga and Health magazine in the UK in July 2003, as a PDF file – click here.
According to the Yoga Kuṇḍalinī Upaniṣad verse 1 – the activity of Citta (psyche) has two causes, the movement of Vāsana (latent impressions) and the movement of Vāyu (prāṇa). If one of them is active so is the other, equally if one of them is influenced so is the other. These are the primary foci within the principles and practices of Rāja Yoga (citta) and Haṭha Yoga (prāṇa). In terms of primary practices common to both we have Prāṇāyāma.