Cikitsā Krama is to replenish depleted Ojas.

Cikitsā Krama is to replenish depleted Ojas.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to nurture replenished Ojas.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to garner nurtured Ojas.

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Cikitsā Krama is to gather dissipated Agni.

Cikitsā Krama is to gather dissipated Agni.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to conserve gathered Agni.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to intensify conserved Agni.

Cikitsā Krama is to gather dissipated Prāṇa……

Cikitsā Krama is to gather dissipated Prāṇa.
Rakṣaṇa Krama is to conserve gathered Prāṇa.
Śikṣaṇa Krama is to intensify conserved Prāṇa.

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The more they (the student) like you, the more they become attached.

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“The more they (the student) like you,
the more they become attached.”
– TKV Desikachar speaking with his senior Western students London 1998

Yoga is about remaining true to the self within the wiles of myself.

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Yoga is about remaining true to the self
within the wiles of myself.
– Reflections on Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 21

The more we live in or from the past, the more we miss the present.

forget-past-cry-for-help-ecard-someecardsThe more we live in or from the past,
the more we miss the present.

The more we live in or for the future, the more we miss the present.

cutting_edge_of_humorThe more we live in or for the future,
the more we miss the present.
My bucket list is 10,000 moments in the present,
rather than 10,000 experiences in the future.

As a Yoga teacher we need to ensure that our personal Yoga Practice……

As a Yoga teacher we need to ensure that our personal Yoga Practice doesn’t become a repetition or rehearsal of our teaching plans.

The belief that the individual can be his or her own teacher is one point of view.

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“The belief that the individual can be his or her own teacher is one point of view.”
TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988

Yoga Practice turns and prepares the soil…..

Yoga Practice turns and prepares the soil.
Yoga Study offers a range of seeds for planting.
We may need advice on how to integrate the two.

Yoga Practice is an essential part of Yoga Study……

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Yoga Practice is an essential part of Yoga Study.
Rather than Yoga Study being an essential part of Yoga Practice.

Feedback from a teacher-student about a student who asked to ‘try before buying’……

Feedback from a teacher-student about a student who asked to ‘try before buying’ a group class and then didn’t wish to continue with the group because:-
“I’m not going to make any friends, the class was too quiet at the end, nobody was talking.”

Sthira Sukham Āsanam – Means what happens before and after a posture……

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Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 46 Sthira Sukham Āsanam
“Means what happens before and after a posture.
One should be able to move to another posture with ease.
– TKV Desikachar England 1980

Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva in Yoga Sūtra C2 v48……

Yoga Sūtra Study Question 10.

patanjali-1Explore and discuss the concept of Dvandva  in Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 48,
by relating it to the definition of Āsana in Chapter One of the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.
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Explain the theoretical progression within the different Prāṇāyāma techniques.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 10

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Explain the theoretical progression within the different Prāṇāyāma techniques.
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Dhyāna Sādhana was taught according to the principles of Cikitsa, Rakṣaṇa and Śikṣaṇa……

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Dhyāna Sādhana was taught
according to the principles of CikitsāRakṣaṇa and Śikṣaṇa Krama,
with meditational practices ranging
from pacification to protection to empowerment.

Plan a practice to stay in Mahā Mudrā with Uḍḍīyāna Bandha.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q10.

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Plan a practice to stay 12 breaths each side in Mahā Mudrā with
Uḍḍīyāna Bandha, choosing and justifying the ratio used within it.
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Compare and discuss the effects of Samavṛtti and Viṣamavṛtti breathing ratios……

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 9.

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Compare and discuss the effects of Samavṛtti and Viṣamavṛtti breathing ratios
on Prāṇa Sthāna and Apāna Sthāna.
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Plan a practice to stay 12 breaths each side in Mahā Mudrā.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q9.

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Plan a practice to stay 12 breaths each side in Mahā Mudrā.
Choosing and justifying the ratio used within it.
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Compare the techniques and functions and applications for Śītalī and Sītkārī.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 8.

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Compare the techniques and functions and applications for Śītalī and Sītkārī.
Especially with regard to their effects on Agni.
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Plan a practice to stay Tiryaṅgmukha Ekapāda Paścimatānāsana and Paryaṅkāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q8.

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Plan a practice to include staying 6 breaths each side Tiryaṅgmukha Ekapāda Paścimatānāsana
and staying 12 breaths in Paryaṅkāsana.
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What are Kapālabhāti and Bhastrikā and why use them?

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 7.

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What are Kapālabhāti and Bhastrikā?
Compare and discuss their effects on Prāṇa Sthāna and Apāna Sthāna..
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Plan a practice which supports 12 Breaths 1.1.2.1 in Sthiti Paścimatānāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q7.

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Plan a practice which supports 12 Breaths 1.1.2.1 in Sthiti Paścimatānāsana.
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Which techniques unique to Prāṇāyāma are used whilst practising Āsana?

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Theory Question 6.

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Which techniques unique to Prāṇāyāma are used whilst practising Āsana?
What are the advantages?
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Plan a practice which focuses on Vīrabhadrāsana and Upaviṣṭa Koṇāsana.

Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Practice Planning Q6.

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Plan a practice which focuses on Vīrabhadrāsana and Upaviṣṭa Koṇāsana.
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