Useful to be informed when we proffer opinions……

Useful to be informed when we proffer opinions.
Otherwise they can pose as if facts.
Not something we come across much in Yoga of course:-)

Pratiloma Ujjāyī is both an elegant and eloquent Prāṇāyāma technique.

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Pratiloma Ujjāyī is both an elegant and eloquent Prāṇāyāma technique.

Prāṇāyāma is the key to the door of Dhāraṇā.

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Prāṇāyāma is the key to the door of Dhāraṇā.

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You Yogis, you are always preparing to meditate.

“You Yogis, you are always preparing to meditate.”
– from a personal dialogue with a former Abbot of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery (Cittaviveka) circa 1985

What does reflecting on our relationship with Prāṇamaya reveal?

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What does reflecting on our relationship with Prāṇamaya reveal?
– Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter Three Bhṛguvallī verse 2

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

I was taught a lot about Prāṇāyāma through my 121’s with……

I was taught a lot about Prāṇāyāma through my 121’s with Desikachar from 1979 to 2002.
These practices, unique to Yoga, were integrated right from my first lesson in Madras.
In its learning infancy as a consistent practice, it was taught as a skilful means, as an essential part of the preparation for Dhyānam, through affecting the Citta Guṇa.
Some decades later in its experiential maturity, I find it a skilful means for a re-union with and extension of Dhyānam.

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

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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