The effect upon Prāṇa will not be as much as in Prāṇāyāma

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“However, in Āsana attention is divided between the breath and the body movement.
In Āsana we use the breath as the medium of movement to affect the body.
Since our attention is divided between body and breath,
the effect upon Prāṇa will not be as much as in Prāṇāyāma.”
– TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Ten Page 138

The best time to introduce Mantra is while holding the breath.

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“Holding the breath gives us a moment when there is nothing happening.
A moment when it should be possible to count.
In fact, the best time to introduce Mantra is not during inhalation or exhalation but while holding the breath.
It is said that a moment of holding the breath is a moment of Dhyāna.
Some Mantra are very long.
Since we do not have to concentrate on breathing while holding the breath,
these longer Mantra can be recited correctly.”
– TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Nine Page 128-129

Mental attitude is very important in the practice of Prāṇāyāma.

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“Mental attitude is very important in the practice of Prāṇāyāma.
In Prāṇāyāma we have no body movement to see; it involves mostly what we feel.
The only thing dynamic in Prāṇāyāma is the breath.
Yet, we must have the same attitude of attention in Prāṇāyāma, as in Āsana.”
– TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Nine Page 125

We normally practice Ujjāyī for a long time before introducing Nāḍī Śodhana Prāṇāyāma.

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“We normally practice Ujjāyī for a long time before introducing Nāḍī Śodhana Prāṇāyāma”
– TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Nine Page 121

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In Prāṇāyāma we accept the posture and forget the body……

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“While we use the breath for the body in Āsana,
in Prāṇāyāma we accept the posture and forget the body.
The only requirement is that we must be comfortable and keep our backs straight.”
– TKV Desikachar Religiousness in Yoga Chapter Nine Page 117

The strength, depth and potential of Krishnamacharya’s teachings around practice Sādhana……

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The teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar around Yoga practice were far more complex than is often presumed from the popular perception, often formed from the more well publicised work of some of Krishnamacharya’s early students.

My own experiences with Desikachar, developed over repeated study visits to Madras over two decades, may offer an insight into the practice possibilities that I became increasingly exposed to. As with many, being introduced to this tradition meant that Āsana was the starting point for our Bahya Aṅga Sādhana.

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Candra is that which directs Prāṇa and Apāna in order to influence……

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Within the energetic processes in Haṭha Yoga the concept of Candra is that
which directs Prāṇa and Apāna in order to influence the activities of Sūrya.
These and other important concepts integral to the purpose of Haṭha Yoga form the
basis of the the Art of Haṭha Energetics Module One Personal Sādhana Study Workshop.

Mudrā practice is important since it assists the 10 Prāṇa to move freely in the Nāḍī.

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Mudrā practice is important since it assists the ten Prāṇa to move freely in the Nāḍī.”
– T Krishnamacharya introducing Chapter Three in the Gheraṇḍa Saṃhitā

There is a particular order of teaching Āsana……

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“There is a particular order of teaching Āsana,
so also an order to follow when teaching Prāṇāyāma.”
– From T Krishnamacharya’s composition, the Yoga Rahasya Chapter One verse 89

For the householder the most important practice is Prāṇāyāma.

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“For the householder, in line with Sthiti Krama,
the most important practice is Prāṇāyāma.”
– From T Krishnamacharya’s composition, the Yoga Rahasya

Prāṇāyāma done, along with a Mantra, has a role to play in Yoga Cikitsā.

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Prāṇāyāma done, along with a Mantra, has a role to play in Yoga Cikitsā.”
From T Krishnamacharya’s composition, the Yoga Rahasya

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For the mind which is disturbed Prāṇāyāma is the best solution.

“For the mind which is disturbed Prāṇāyāma is the best solution.”
– From T Krishnamacharya’s composition, the Yoga Rahasya

All Āsana are not meant for everybody……

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“Owing to differences in the body structure,
all Āsana are not meant for everybody.”
– From T Krishnamacharya’s composition, the Yoga Rahasya

Without Āsana practice Prāṇāyāma cannot be mastered……

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“Without Āsana practice Prāṇāyāma cannot be mastered.
Without Prāna Nirodha mind will not become stable.”
TKV Desikachar commentary on T Krishnamacharya’s composition, the Yoga Rahasya

Mind should follow the breath……

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recapūraka kumbheṣu mano’nusaraṇaṃ smṛtam |
recapūraka kumbhākhyāḥ sarve prāṇavidhārakāḥ ||

“Mind should follow the breath.
Exhale, Inhale and Retention support life.
So during Āsana it is desirable that the mind must follow them.”
TKV Desikachar commentary on T Krishnamacharya’s composition, the Yoga Rahasya Chapter One verse 34

When practicing Āsana, it is as if something watches something……

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When practicing Āsana,
it is as if something watches something.
What is the something that is watched?
What is the something that watches?