What does reflecting on our relationship with Annamaya reveal?

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What does reflecting on our relationship with Annamaya reveal?
– Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter Three Bhṛguvallī verse 1

Something spreading does not automatically imply that……

Something spreading does not automatically imply that something is evolving.
Good to reflect on what will help Yoga to evolve rather than what will help Yoga to spread.
I feel the two may not even be mutually compatible.

After having seen the consequences of your action……

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“After having seen the consequences of your action,
to think and then to jump,
not the other way round.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

General outline on Cikitsa Krama……

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“General outline on Cikitsa Krama.
More sophisticated than Śikṣaṇa Krama.
Already when you know an object it is seen differently by different people.
So when I offer a healing object it is seen as a cause of disease by others.
One mind can influence minds differently,
because different minds receive things differently.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

Modern Yoga appears to be increasingly about being someone……

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Modern Yoga appears to be increasingly about being someone, rather than being no one.

Modern Yoga appears to be increasingly about going somewhere……

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Modern Yoga appears to be increasingly about going somewhere, rather than going nowhere.

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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The re-action of Tapas should lead you towards Svādhyāya……

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Svādhyāya
Reflecting on our actions will tell us something about oneself.
The word means going toward oneself.
The re-action of Tapas should lead you towards Svādhyāya.
Also means study of texts.
For example Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā and Pūrṇa Matsyendrāsana.
Is the effect different from what it said will happen?
This leads to Svādhyāya and Anumāna or to a teacher.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

What is Yoga? – An interview with Paul Harvey on BBC Radio Bristol 1986.

What is Yoga?

– An interview with Paul Harvey on BBC Radio Bristol Feb 1986.

I. Yoga is often portrayed as sitting still perhaps in rather bizarre positions communicating with the depths of human relaxation and comprehension. How accurate a picture is that?

I am delighted to welcome to the Programme this afternoon Paul Harvey who among other things teaches Yoga at the Centre for Yoga Studies in Bath and at the Whiteladies Natural Health Clinic. You also, I think, have a couple of diplomas haven’t you?

PH. Yes I have though I feel that my main training has come not from diploma work but from the closer experience of studying and practising Yoga in India.

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Before launching on Antaraṅga Sādhana, one should be a Nistavān……

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“Before launching on Antaraṅga Sādhana, one should be a Nistavān (a consistent expert) in Bahiraṅga Sādhana.
If this earlier stage is very well established, then only a teacher may teach Dhyāna.”
– T Krishnamacharya 1984

Patañjali has proposed 3 approaches to verify the indications……

Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 1
tapaḥ svādhyāya-īśvara-praṇidhānāni kriyā-yogaḥ
“The activities of Yoga are self-discipline, self-study and contemplation on the divine.”

Patañjali has proposed 3 approaches to verify the indications.
Tapas – Process of action
FoodĀsanaPrāṇāyāma.
You will be doing something that you will not be habitually doing.
For example one day no salt, cigarettes, Prāṇāyāma.
Tapas is from the root to create thirst.
It means to deprive.
It will tell us about ourselves.
It will reveal our Saṃskāra and Pariṇāma or changes in ourselves.
From this Tapas we will start to get an indication of our individual nature.
For example active or lazy.
Tapas indicates the the beginning of the Bheda, through the Bhāva.”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983

The viniyoga of Planning Principles – 1 – According to the viniyoga of Yoga

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The viniyoga of Planning Principles 1 – According to the viniyoga of Yoga

Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6
tasya bhūmiṣu viniyogaḥ
“Its application is in stages.”

“The spirit of viniyoga is starting from where one finds oneself.
As everybody is different and changes from time to time,
there can be no common starting point and ready-made answers are useless.
The present situation must be examined and the habitually established status must be re-examined.”
– TKV Desikachar

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Yet, whatever the advances in the medium of the manual, I feel as……

I am here deeply immersed these past few weeks with finalising and sorting out printing for 750 pages of Course, Yoga Sūtra and Chanting manuals for the next 3 year Practitioner Programme and 250 pages Course and Yoga Sūtra manuals for the next 2 year Postgraduate Programme, both starting over the next two weeks.
Within this I find myself reflecting back to my first Practitioner Training Programme in 1985.
This was a different story with introducing the use of handouts with typewriters, lots of Snopake (typing correction fluid) and photocopiers.
Now, nearly 3 decades later, I send a file to the printers at the push of a button and they produce a finished manual, good to go in 24 hours.
Yet, whatever the advances in the medium of the manual, I feel as inspired as ever with the message offered to me all those decades ago.
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Yoga Practice offers the Soil……

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Yoga Practice offers the Soil.
Yoga Study offers the Seeds.

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.’

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

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 Saṃnyāsa is not possible!
Sthiti Krama 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 Saṃhāra Krama.”
TKV Desikachar France 1983

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 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 August 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 VarṇaĀśramaDharma
and DharmaArthaKāmaMokṣa.
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 August 1983