Yoga is a Journey to be Experienced

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

“Yoga is a journey to be experienced. However, that journey not only requires patience and perseverance, but also enthusiasm and respect.
In this respect, as in any relationship between people, it is necessary to consider priorities. To students interested in undertaking a home practice with its attendant fruits, two suggestions are offered.
First, think of Yoga as acquiring a new book. Before you try to fit this book into what is probably an already overcrowded bookshelf, take a decision to remove an existing book to make room for the new one.
Do not, however, try to remove a large book thus making unrealistic adjustments in the space on your shelf (and thus unrealistic expectations around the space in your life). Instead, take out a slim volume and this way, create realistic space without Yoga becoming another pressure or something else that is jammed into the already overcrowded bookshelf of your life.
This leads on to the second suggestion.
Life is often divided into agendas, two of which are headed “chore” and “reward”. Try to keep some room on the latter list for your practice in the same way that you would greet an old friend. Take time in their company and return to your everyday life rejuvenated and better able to embrace your surroundings.”
– Paul Harvey 1996

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A Lesson in Perception

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

In conversation with a colleague yesterday we spoke about the challenges associated with interpretation and perception in the context of hearing and recording information, and how differently the same piece of information can be perceived.

As part of a seminar recently run by this colleague participants were instructed to record the seminar leader’s answers to a questionnaire by selecting the relevant tick box in a document on their laptops. Each question had a multiple of 4 possible answers. They were asked to select the box according to the verbal answer provided.

The purpose of the exercise was for the participants to become familiar with the use of the questionnaire in preparation for a live situation. The learning was quite different. As my colleague walked around the room, he observed that sometimes participants were selecting boxes other than the box relating to the answer he had just provided. So at the end of the exercise the questionnaire outcome were not consistent among the participants.

Why was the recording not consistent, a result of misapprehension, misinterpretation?

During the conversation a post from Paul Harvey’s – Yoga Sūtra Freenotes relating to perception came to mind:

“Past tendencies also determine the mind’s direction and quality of perception.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v4

And today this morning’s post:
“Even when our understanding is consistent with our perception or related experience, it does not necessarily indicate a fact.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C1 v8


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Initially our efforts with practice…..

Posted by Michele Harney, Yoga Rathgar & Dundrum – Dublin

“Initially our efforts with practice are as a Sādhana towards finding the means to unveil the experience of the percipience of Cit.
Ultimately our efforts with practice are as a Yajña or oblation in gratitude for having found the means to unveil the experience of the percipience of Cit.”

Courtesy – Paul Harvey’s Daily Quotes – Centre for Yoga Studies

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