Category Archives: Yoga Quotes

The mind is part of a team…..

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” The mind is part of a team, along with the body, the breath and the senses. Everything that we do is a product of that team, but the mind is generally the boss……..We know that the state of the mind affects the breath and, luckily for us, the opposite is also true”
What are we Seeking – TKV Desikachar

The target of Yoga is ‘svatantra’ which means…..

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“The target of Yoga is ‘svatantra’ 
which means to discover our own technique.
‘Sva’ means self and ‘Tantra’ means technique.
The techniques are in oneself and we must discover them;
if not we will depend on others.
This is ‘svatantra’.”
– TKV Desikachar

…..it is the purpose of Yoga to unify their movement

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“While it is theoretically possible for the body, the breath, and the mind to work independently, it is the purpose of Yoga to unify their movement. In our very first practice classes, we will experience this unification. What appears as Yoga to an outsider is mainly the physical aspects of our practice. They will not be aware of how we breathe, how we feel the breath, and how we coordinate breathing with physical movement.”

TKV Desikachar – Religiousness in Yoga, ch2, p13

Duḥkha is a disturbance of the mind…..

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“Duḥkha is a disturbance of the mind. While sometimes the words sorrow, misery, and disease are used to define duḥkha, it is best identified as a feeling of restriction.
Somehow something deeply disturbs us and we feel restricted.
This restriction is duḥkha…….
We all aim to remove duḥkha……..
That is what Yoga is trying to do.”

TKV Desikachar, Religiousness in Yoga

The person who taught me how to vary postures is Krishnamacharya……

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The person who taught me how to vary postures, to bend the legs, to turn the neck, all the simple and complicated variations, as necessary, is Krishnamacharya. It is important to vary each posture according to the individuals requirements.

Further, he also introduced the use of other aids or supports, so that the person gets the benefit of a posture through other means when he is not able to do the posture itself. This can involve sitting on a chair, using a roll, using supports, etc., the use of other means to help a person achieve certain results.”

– TKV Desikachar from lectures on ‘The Yoga of T Krishnamacharya’, given at Zinal, Switzerland 1981.

Shared from Paul Harvey’s Yoga Studies Blog

The movement of the breath is a mirror……

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” The movement of the breath is a mirror to the movement of the mind.”
– Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā Chapter Two verse 2

Shared from Paul Harvey’s Yoga Studies Blog

The greatness of Patanjali…..

“The greatness of Patañjali is to look at Duḥkha as the stepping stone to success.”
– T Krishnamacharya’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra C2 v16

Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

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TKV Desikachar – It is not enough to realise that…..

“It is not enough to realise that there is somewhere to go,
you must also be really interested in taking the step.”
– TKV Desikachar on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 20

Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

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To reach a point we have not reached before

Yoga “to reach a point we have not reached before”
TKV Desikachar

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Life Shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage”
Anais Nin

Śraddhā is essential for progress whether…..

“Śraddhā is essential for progress, whether in Yoga or any other endeavour. It is a feeling that cannot be expressed or intellectually discussed. It, however, is a feeling that is not always uncovered in every person.
When absent or weak, it is evident through the lack of stability and focus in a person. Where present and strong, it is evident through the commitment, perseverance and enthusiasm the person exhibits.
For such a person, life is meaningful.”

– TKV Desikachar

Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

We must treat first the condition that bothers the mind

“We must treat first the condition that bothers the mind.”
TKV Desikachar

Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

The viniyoga of Yoga is about Relationship

The viniyoga of Yoga is about Relationship……

The viniyoga of Yoga is the application of the principles that link together to offer possibilities to enhance your relationship with yourself through your practice.

This opens the possibility that a deepening of your practice comes not from adding more difficult postures, but from refining your relationship with what you already have.

Life is already full of pressures to go for the newest model, to bring more in from the outside rather than concentrating on bringing more out from the inside.

So we need to take care that we do not become an avid consumer of a new posture or new technique purely for the sake of it.

Yoga is a relationship within which you commit yourself to depth of involvement rather than breadth of involvement.

In that sense, Yoga is no different from how any relationship with someone or something we care for and wish to spend time with should be.

From this relationship we can eventually start to experience the fruits that arise from the time, care, effort and attention.

Perhaps keeping the following words of a teacher from long ago in our mind as we adapt Yoga to suit our particular needs:

“Only through Yoga Yoga is known,
Only through Yoga Yoga changes.
One who is patient at Yoga,
enjoys the fruits over a long time.”

Extract first published in 1996 in ‘The Guide to Natural Therapies’

Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

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Sāṃkhya and Change

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Sāṃkhya is about living more within that which doesn’t change,
rather than living more within that which does change.

Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

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Meditation Must Elevate the Mind

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 “Meditation must elevate the mind.
That is its basic purpose, to be where I was not.
This involves an ascent of the individual’s mind.”

– TKV Desikachar Madras December 19th 1988 in seminar on
‘Models for Meditation According to Indian Tradition’.
Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

Some are satisfied with what Āsana brings them…..

“Some are satisfied with what Āsana brings them.
Others are curious as to where Āsana can take them.”

Paul Harvey (yogastudies.org)

Satviniyoga – To give the right thing to the right person…..


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“To give the right thing to the right person at the right time is Satviniyoga.
Don’t look at the file, look at the student!”
– TKV Desikachar France 1983 – Paul Harvey

Breath – a Question & an Answer

Student: “How is the relationship between the diaphragm and the breath relevant in a Yoga class for me, as a student?”
Leslie: “I’d say that without that relationship, it’s not actually a Yoga class. It may be stretching or calisthenics, but what makes it Yoga is the conscious integration of movement, mind and breath.”

Leslie Kaminoff

Yoga Practice offers the Soil…..

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“Yoga Practice offers the Soil.
Yoga Study offers the Seeds.”
Paul Harvey
cYs Yoga Journal

In this solitude you will begin to understand…..

solitude“In this solitude you will begin to understand the necessity of living with yourself as you are, not as you think you should be or as you have been. See if you can look at yourself without any tremor, any false modesty, any fear, any justification or condemnation -just live with what you actually are.”
J.Krishnamurti