Here I am choosing not to focus on the PūrvaAṅga, the ascending or preparatory phase, nor on the UttaraAṅga, the descending or compensatory phase of the Āsana used in the VinyāsaKrama for the whole practice.
It also does not include the building in of additional techniques such as Prāṇāyāma, nor exploring the different roles Prāṇāyāma may have …
“Another thing that he made very simple,
and practical, is the use of Mahāmudrā.
This is a very well known posture now,
but when you start looking at the texts, nothing is clear there.
He has incorporated the Āsana part,
the breathing part, and the Mudrā part,
and, he feels, Mahāmudrā,
if practiced every day, prevents ill health.”
– TKV Desikachar Switzerland 1981.…
Mudrā Pointer 6 – To experience the intention behind the Bandha……
To experience the intention behind
the Bandha, the body must be prepared.
For example if the pulse remains increased
after their use, it is an indicator that we are not ready.
If excessive tension is felt in the areas where they are used,
then an indicator that we are not ready for Bandha in Mahāmudrā.
According to such as the GheraṇḍaSaṃhitā, AśvinīMudrā and MūlaBandha
are seen as very different forms in terms of definition and application.
Regarding application, only AśvinīMudrā is focussed around
the repeated contraction of the anal sphincter muscles.
It also appears that there is a widespread confusion between
the use, definition and application of the two terms,
with AśvinīMudrā often being passed off as MūlaBandha.
For example MūlaBandha is described as something you always
take all the time whether sitting, talking, walking, or eating.
This would not be possible given T Krishnamacharya’s view …
As Desikachar actually had very few long term students, many peoples views around such as his Āsana teaching, or views on Yoga in general are formed from experiencing him teaching within a group situation, either at a seminar, lecture or retreat.
Actually he really was not very comfortable teaching mixed public groups in these situations, and in relation to teaching practices, what practices he could present had to be very generalised and therefore contrary to the principles he taught according to what he learnt from his father.
On the other hand as a private student the Āsana practices I was …