There are Yoga teachers who speak to your dreams……

There are Yoga teachers who speak to your dreams,
and Yoga teachers who speak to your truths.

A Yoga teacher needs good students rather than good numbers.

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A Yoga teacher needs good students rather than good numbers.

Teach for the moment with seeds that can flower.

Teach for the moment with seeds that can flower.

As an esoteric art Yoga is a minority pursuit……

As an esoteric art Yoga is a minority pursuit.
As an acrobatic art Yoga is a majority pursuit.

I was practicing yoga last week, still using the pin figures on……

I received this yesterday and thought it a quirky 25 year later feedback follow-on to my post yesterday on 121 teaching:

“Dear Paul,
I was practicing yoga last week, still using the pin figures on graph paper (once white that is now yellow) that you drew for me back in 1987 when I lived in Bath.
I thought that I would search for you and say thank you!
I still run and my body feels good and free – I am glad I met you when I did when I was starting to wreck my body with the running rather than open it.
I hope all is well with you.
Best wishes”

I also feel that 121 priorities must take precedence over workshops and……

Extract from an email sent today that I felt I would like to offer as a post:
‘I also feel that 121 teaching priorities must take precedence over workshops and trainings.
This is part of my Dharma to my teacher and to the essence of viniyoga.
I feel that once we cease to be chronologically or financially available as a 121 teacher,
in favour of being a group class, workshop or trainer teacher,
in terms of such as group size or financial benefits,
we lose our heart contact with the Paramparā,
as we have received it,
or as it was intended to be transmitted by T Krishnamacharya.’

Most important, if we make a fundamental mistake about the student or……

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“Most important, if we make a fundamental mistake about the student or the teacher,
then everything else is wrong.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

There are also other practices such as such as during certain……

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“There are also other practices such as during certain moon phases.
These help prepare us for the eventuality.
Still more variations according to a persons background.
How do we adapt these ideas in our Yoga Sādhana?”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

If you respect India and Indians don’t make a joke of OM.

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“If you respect India and Indians don’t make a joke of OM.”
TKV Desikachar – Lecture on September 5th 1983 in Zinal, Switzerland (Fuller notes on this lecture yet to be posted)

According to Manu’s authority of behaviour, in Kālī Yuga Saṃyāsa……

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“According to Manu’s authority on behaviour,
in Kālī Yuga Saṃyāsa is not possible!
Sthiti Krama (sustaining phase of life) is a transition to the next stage
where you begin to accept the inevitable.
There is a great Saṃskāra of youth.
We then accept that there will be a setting of the Sun.
You eat less, reflect more, you think of God.
This is Saṃhara Krama (sequence of drawing together, contracting).”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

The irony of variety is that it becomes a monotony in the constant search for it.

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“The irony of variety is that it becomes a monotony in the constant search for it.”

Our personal Yoga practice needs to reflect on what we need……

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Our personal Yoga practice needs to reflect on what we need to do amidst what we are used to doing or want to do.

The Significance of the PĀDUKA……

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Released on the occasion of the Pāduka Pratiṣṭhā of Sri T Krishnamacharya on 15th March 1991 by the KYM.

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Sthiti Krama – Having grown, not to become old too soon

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“Sthiti Krama – Having grown, not to become old too soon, let us maintain a status quo.
Sthiti Krama (the middle sequence in the growing, sustaining and contraction phases of the life process) is for a person who has responsibilities, marriage, work.
No longer a full time student.
Still time for Svādhyāya.
Preservation of what you have received as a student.
So Sthiti Krama very critical in one’s life.
The difference is that you have your own responsibilities.
You cannot forsake them to study this or that.
Considered important because it is a challenge from 25-60 to sustain this position.
Because it is very difficult, there is a great excuse for escaping Svādhyāya.
We must do it to handle or approach problems around us – children, students, etc.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

Adapting the form of Yoga is one thing……

Adapting the form of Yoga is one thing.
Adapting the roots of Yoga another.
Better not to confuse the two when choosing.

So as such it should be Sṛṣṭi Krama for a certain level of people……

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“In the indian tradition we have the idea of Varṇa-Āśrama-Dharma and Dharma-Artha-Kāma-Mokṣa.
According to a persons environment, development or stage of activity in life, the choice must vary.
Which will help a person grow at the body and mental level?
So as such it should be Sṛṣṭi Krama for a certain level of people.
In old times. up to the age of 24 years should be in the direction of Sṛṣṭi Krama.
In other words more risk taken with the body, more ability to grasp ideas.
i.e. Vinyāsa almost like gymnastics.
Not suitable for older person starting Yoga.
We need to be open to this beautiful idea of adaptation.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983