“When less Āsana time than you would like,
better to reduce the number of Āsana,
or the number of repetitions,
or the length of the stays,
rather than, reducing the length of the breath.
Or….. even considering lengthening the breath,
thus even fewer Āsana, all with a longer breath than usual.
Here the Bhāvana could be to observe the effect
of a more spacious than usual Āsana breathing
on a more cramped than usual daily mindset.”
– Paul Harvey
“Yoga is more about exploring
the movement of the mind, whilst Āsana is more about exploring
the movement of the body.
The vehicle common to exploring both
is the movement of the breath.
The yoking of all three is towards the goal of
experiencing the source of all movement.” – Paul Harvey
“Our relationship with Food can be too little, too much, or wrong.
According to Āyurveda, even the best foodeaten in the wrong amount,
or at the wrong time, or with the wrong attitude
will fail to nourish and even disturb the system.
The same could be said for Yoga Practice.”
– Paul Harvey
Books in the bookcase leading me to read. Apt quote around my Yoga group this evening. ” 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
With the spirit of Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 33 in mind, the cultivation of the four pillars is a practice that can support a stepping, rather than stalling, onto our mat or seat through:
Maitrī – Cultivating a feeling of friendliness towards our own attempts, let alone other’s demands, to distract ourselves.
Karuṇā – Cultivating a feeling of compassion towards our bodies and minds, whatever state we find them in.
Muditā – Cultivating a feeling of looking for the positive spot in ourselves and what we can do well and now, rather than what we can’t do well or now.
Upekṣā – Cultivating a feeling of keeping distance from the self-deprecation that can so often accompany our attempts to improve the quality of our inner life and old responses to inner tensions and memories.”
“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
“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.”
A: “Mastery of the Āsana is about mastery of the breath in the form not just the form itself. The best reference for observing that there is a quality of grace, as well as power within the achievement of the form, is a long smooth breath. In terms of movement this notion means that you can be sure these qualities are embedded by keeping the breath longer than the movement. This also offers an experience of stillness and an observation point for any stresses arising from the performance of the Āsana. As mentioned in the original article around this topic there are also other levels beyond the four I discussed.”
“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
Yoga, practiced regularly, offers tools for
– maintaining stability
– supporting development
– coping with change.
Yoga is a practice that you can learn ‘for you’.
It is a practice that can be personalised for where you are now
and constantly adapted for creatively meeting what is to come.