“One of my goals in life is to do the slowest Primary Series anywhere… rather than the quickest”. Richard Freeman

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Guest post: Heartfulness Meditation as a Complement to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by Satya Murthy

I promised Satya Murthy, who translated Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu ( Mysore 1941) for us (available on my Free Downloads page),  another guest post on the blog, here it is on Heartfulness Meditation and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

*

Heartfulness Meditation as a Complement to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Satya Murthy.

Four years ago, I wrote a guest post on my experiences with the Sahaj Marg meditation/spiritual system (http://grimmly2007.blogspot.com/2013/04/guest-post-sahaj-marg-meditation.html).  In recent years, the Sahaj Marg meditation system has evolved dramatically into a much more open movement.  During this time, my practice and involvement has also intensified.  Therefore, I thought it is an appropriate time to provide an update.  The meditation technique is now promoted as “Heartfulness” while the spiritual system is known as Sahaj Marg, meaning the natural path.  

Kamlesh Patel (affectionately known as Daaji) is the current Master of the global movement after the Mahasamadhi of Chariji in December 2014.  Daaji has brought a modern approach to the expansion and promotion of the system.  The primary objective of this promotion is to bring awareness of this simple and direct approach to the masses.  Through this worldwide effort by way of conferences, social media, webinars, and YouTube, millions of new seekers have been introduced to this meditation over the past few years.

Since beginning the Heartfulness meditation practice in 2009, my Ashtanga yoga practice has taken a back seat to the meditation practice.  However, I have continued to maintain a daily routine of 40 minutes of half primary series on weekdays and an hour-long practice on weekends.  Recently I have been thinking about how these two practices are comparable and complementary to one another as described in the table below.



Heartfulness meditation being a disciplined and organized practice, Ashtanga practitioners would be drawn to it.  As Ashtanga yoga practitioners become attracted to higher limbs of yoga, they tend to explore various meditation/spiritual systems, just like I did.  Therefore, I was inspired to write this essay to bring more awareness in the Ashtanga community of this simple and effective practice that is available globally for free with easy accessibility.  I would like to emphasize that Heartfulness meditation can be practiced in conjunction with any system of yoga.

Over the past two years, the global Heartfulness organization has committed to making this system more easily available to the masses worldwide through volunteers, social media (https://www.facebook.com/kamleshdaaji), meetups, web (http://daaji.org/), YouTube, apps (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/heartfulness/id1053164680?mt=8) and e-magazine (http://www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/).  The main web portal (www.heartfulness.org) will also connect one to any or all the above-mentioned avenues.  It is important to point out that all these resources are available for free to anyone interested.  There is never any fee charged to learn or practice the system.

One can get an introduction to the practice by going online (www.heartfulness.org) or by finding a local Heartfulness trainer or center (http://heartspots.heartfulness.org/).  It is easier than ever to start a systematic practice by taking three initiatory sittings on three consecutive days.  It is now offered online in the form of Masterclasses (http://en.heartfulness.org/masterclass/) where seekers can get introductory sittings into the practice right from the comfort of their homes.

The three main components of the Heartfulness practice “the morning meditation, evening cleaning meditation and a night time prayer meditation” work in tandem in facilitating progress.  The morning meditation consists of sitting comfortably with eyes closed and upright either on floor or on a chair starting with a subtle thought/awareness of the presence of divine light in the heart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wvka8pl624).  There is no need to visualize the light or concentrate on it.  When and if our awareness drifts into other thoughts, we can gently bring our awareness back into the presence of divine light in the heart.  However, it is not meant to be repeated continuously like a mantra.  The meditation is a passive activity where we relax with this initial thought and let go.  This technique is essentially a meditation on the self as prescribed by Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita and mentioned in Upanishads. 

Bhagavad Gita says: (VI, 25) Little by little through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the self; (VI, 26) Wherever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse in its search for satisfaction without, lead it within; train it to rest in the self; (XVIII, 61) the Lord is seated in the hearts of all the beings.

 The Katha Upanishad (4.13) says: “The Self, the Lord of the past and the future, is like a light without smoke; he is verily the same today and tomorrow”.

The Mundaka Upanishad (III.1.5.) says: “When the impurities dwindle, the ascetics or the self-controlled, behold Him – stainless, resplendent within the body”.

The Mahanarayana Upanishad (II.7) says: ‘we meditate upon Him, the limitless, the changeless, the seer, the end aim of the ocean of existence, the source of all Bliss in the heart, which is like a lotus bud”.

The Svetasvatara Upanishad (4.17) says: “the divinity who created the universe and who pervades everything always dwells in the hearts of the creatures. Those that realize him become immortal”.

Another important concept in Heartfulness system is that of deep impressions called samskaras in Sanskrit.  From our life experiences, we accumulate these impressions, which form the basis of our beliefs, attitudes and personalities. They are like layers of veils that influence our perceptions and responses to everyday situations, as well as our reactions to people and places. Most importantly, impressions impede our natural ability to experience the pure essence of self that is within. The Heartfulness practice offers a method whereby the layers of impressions are dissolved, opening the way for inner expansion along with freedom from their weight and influence.

The evening cleaning is performed for not more than half an hour at the end of the day (for e.g., after coming back home from work or school) by sitting comfortably in the same posture as in meditation. Also, imagine that the day’s accumulation of impressions, impurities, complexities, grossness etc. are melting away from the whole system and going out of the back in the form of smoke or vapor.  The vacuum thus created is filled by the sacred current of Divine entering your heart. Unlike the meditation, cleaning is a very active process in which we are supposed to use our will power in a gentle way to remove our impressions. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiorIbEuNCQ)  The greatest advantage in this path is that, the guru or the Master facilitates the transformation of an individual into an evolved human being. This is made possible through the unique method adopted by the Master, which is termed ‘Pranahuti’ in Sahaj Marg. Pranahuti means ‘offering one’s life energy’. The Master, offers his own life-energy, directs it to the heart of the disciple through his will power, and awakens the Soul which is dormant.  In addition to daily self-cleaning of impressions, the practitioner is recommended to take periodic sittings with Heartfulness trainers.  By invoking the presence of the Master, the heartfulness trainer acts as a conduit for the yogic transmission of divine energy into practitioner’s heart.  These sittings enable removal of deep seated samskaras (mental impressions) and facilitate practitioners to experience deeper states of meditation.  The practitioners are actively assisted in their spiritual journey.  One can feel the difference when they mediate on their own compared to when they meditate with a trainer.  Meditation with a trainer is analogous to the adjustments given by a teacher in the Ashtanga class to help make progress.  The trainer can be viewed as holding the mental space and meditating in resonance with the practitioner.

Have I continued to evolve under the Heartfulness spiritual practice?  This is a question one must ask periodically with any spiritual practice to keep it honest and prevent it from becoming yet another mundane ritual.  In my previous posting in 2013, I wrote about how the meditation practice had helped me overcome fears and simplify my life by letting go of identification and labels. 
How we react to life situations can reveal a lot about our state of consciousness.  In 2015, I was impacted by a company reorganization and lost my job.  My experience during this uncertain time is captured in this Linkedin post: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-does-meditation-practice-have-do-corporate-merger-satya-murthy.  Around this same time, I developed an intense desire to share this meditation practice with others in my town and therefore, started a local meetup group.  I was looking for a suitable facility to conduct Heartfulness sessions on a more regular basis and had become acquainted with the founder of a local yoga studio.  I was planning to ask him if I could conduct Heartfulness sessions at the yoga studio.  Serendipitously or by design, before I got a chance to ask, I received an e-mail from the founder asking me if I was interested in offering Heartfulness meditation classes under the auspices of the yoga studio!  I immediately accepted and started organizing meditation sessions with the help of a Heartfulness trainer. 

In mid-2016, I volunteered and was selected to become an authorized trainer.  The preparatory process consisted of taking daily sittings with my preceptor for over three weeks culminating in three final sittings with the Master (Daaji).  Several experiences during these daily sittings were astonishingly blissful.  In one of the remarkable experience that has stuck with me, I was peering into a state of clarity and stillness it seemed that I could simply stay in that condition effortlessly for as long as I wanted.  My trainer who was sitting at his home in another town was also able to sense this and had texted me “sitting ended. Felt very blissful today and so don’t want to disturb you by calling” so that I could continue to experience the blissful state for some more time. From these powerful experiences including three final sittings from the Master, I intuitively understood the power of thoughts and will power.  I also gained self-confidence that I would be able to perform the functions of a trainer along with continuing with my Ashtanga practice, personal and professional responsibilities. 

In addition to some of the practical life benefits of the spiritual practice described earlier, are there other indicators of progress?  Stages of spiritual progress are well described in the vast amount of Heartfulness literature that is shared with practitioners and frequently referred to in training materials.  A self-referral guide with energy sub points can be a useful tool on a spiritual journey.  Depending on the sensitivity of the person he or she may feel awareness or pressure at these points (shown in the picture below) during sittings.  More literature can be found at: http://www.sahajmarg.org/abhyasi




In conclusion, a meditation practice that reinforces that we are not our body but are the awareness wherein our thoughts and sense perceptions are illuminated is highly beneficial to an Ashtanga yoga practitioner.  This awareness can help check the ego identification with the body and attachment to seeking more postures that can occur from an Ashtanga practice.  A blend of Ashtanga and Heartfulness practice can provide an optimal balance for the fitness of the body and regulation of the mind in the modern age.  As we age, we may want to listen to the body and modify the physical practice appropriately (e.g., switching to a slower Ashtanga or Vinyasakrama style) while giving more prominence to the meditation practice.



*

See too perhaps this post on A Korean Zen monk's encounter with Ashtanga Vinyasa.

Ashtanga and Zen 2 - Mirror of Zen /// A Day in the Moment of a Modern Zen Monk

Monday, 13 March 2017

Ashtanga and Ageing: The games we played.... Should Advanced (demonstration?) asana be practiced daily?

If we accept, and this comes from Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois themselves, that the Advanced asana were intended for demonstration purposes....., should we be practicing such advanced asana daily..., or at least four days a week.... and practicing in this way over decades. This isn't intended as a criticism of Ashtanga vinyasa (there are many advanced postures in Vinyasa Krama that we are encouraged to try), I find great value in practicing the same asana daily,, it's a wonderful way to build discipline, but given the rise in the number of practitioners and the number who have moved on to advanced asana and the number of 'superstars' shilling their Advanced practice to put seats on mats in workshops and sell product, is this wise. The occasional demonstration of the more extreme asana of the Advanced series, practiced by an experienced practitioner may do no lasting harm but practicing those 'demonstration intended' asana, day in day out, over decades may be a different matter.

To reframe the question.
Should we, should anyone, be practicing Advanced asana (almost ) daily and over decades, at what point should we accept the physical changes in our bodies, in our bone mass, chemical make up and adapt our practice accordingly?



*

This post relates to a video I put up on fb. I was teasing a friend about Vatyanasana and posted an old video of mine of jumping straight into the asana. 

Note: My friend Francesca has translated this post into Italian HERE
https://kalyavinyasa.blogspot.jp/2017/03/le-eta-dello-yoga-la-pratica-degli.html?spref=fb 

Also, a new permanent page on Ashtanga/Yoga and Ageing at the top of the blog with intros and links to earlier posts.
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/ahtangayoga-and-ageing.html




The video itself came about from seeing a new edit of the Krishnamacharya, his family and BKS Iyengar demonstrating asana in the 1938 Mysore documentary footage (see the appendix for that old post and video). Here's my fb comment...

"The things Krishnamacharya used to teach those boys of the Mysore palace, no doubt for all the demonstrations they used to do. As with many postures and transitions (in the Advanced series for example, supposedly intended for demonstration only), practicing them daily would probably be too hard on the knees, the joints, other than for the occasional demonstration which might be acceptable with enough training and preparation. Unfortunately these days, third (Ashtanga series) is the new second and fourth is the new third, many students are now practicing advanced postures daily, I wonder if this is wise."


This has been playing on my mind. 


Often (mostly) on this blog, I'll throw a post up to see if I still agree with it by the end of the day, week...., year. I have a strong temptation to delete the first seven years or so of the blog and no doubt, five years from now, I'll have the temptation to delete the rest of it as well but it is what it is, a document perhaps of shifting view of MY daily practice. 

A blog it's just a blog.

So this is an idea that I'm throwing up here to mull over. 


A daily, Primary series practice is one thing perhaps ( and even that includes some postures that Krishnamacharya originally tagged as Intermediate (EG. Marichiyasana D), as did Jois (re uttihita parsvakonasana B), as well as perhaps some of the gentle 'back stretches from 2nd series but what of many of the more challenging postures particularly those in Advanced A and B ( 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th).?


So this is how I understand it plays out in Ashtanga these days.


You begin to learn Primary. Perhaps for the first class or two (or eight ) you only do the Suryanamaskars, maybe some of the standing postures before you begin to add on more Primary postures.

Perhaps you will be held at Marichiyasa D for some time..., some might be held there for all eternity. Personally, these days (contra to many of my earlier posts), I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing and will myself, more often than not, only practice half the Primary series, but this is because I like to practice slowly and a full series would take me all morning. I want time for my pranayama practice, for a Sit.... as well as to do the ironing.

Eventually we might complete Primary and begin to add on 2nd series, the Intermediate asana series. Again we may get held up at kapo for a few lifetimes and a few more at karandavasana.

It's after Karandavasana I think that you then tend to switch to working on second series daily with Primary only practiced on Friday, so five days of Intermediate asana,. one of Primary

Likewise, on completing the Intermediate series, we begin to add on Third series (Advanced series asana) until finally switching to just 3rd for four days a week, Primary and Intermediate asana practiced one day each..... and so it goes on.

If you've gone so far as to switch to fourth series you will now be practicing fourth series three days a week, 3rd, once, 2nd, once and Primary series once.

So four days of Advanced asana, one day each of Intermediate Primary asana

There are some slight differences between how the different senior teachers go about the above and personally I don't accept any one authority for 'the method'. Sharath's approach is interesting but so too is Manju's, Saraswati's and other earlier approaches maintained by the first teachers to practice with Pattabhi Jois, each with their different idiosyncrasies, depending on which years they first learned the practice and adapted it to their own teaching environment. I don't even accept Pattabhi Jois himself as an authority, which Pattabhi Jois would you choose, the author of Yoga Mala or the ageing teacher faced with hundreds of students. Nor do I accept Krishnamacharya as an authority for that matter. My problem of course is with the word 'authority', it's enough to reflect on the different approaches to practice and over time, with experience, find which approach best suits you personally.

If we accept, and this comes from Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois themselves, that the Advanced asana were intended for demonstration purposes....., should we be practicing such advanced asana daily..., or at least four days a week.... and practicing in this way over decades. This isn't intended as a criticism of Ashtanga vinyasa (there are many advanced postures in Vinyasa Krama that we are encouraged to try), I find great value in practicing the same asana daily, it's a wonderful way to build discipline, but given the rise in the number of practitioners and the number who have moved on to advanced asana and the number of 'superstars' shilling their Advanced practice to put seats on mats in workshops and sell product, is this wise? The occasional demonstration of the more extreme asana of the Advanced series, practiced by an experienced practitioner may do no lasting harm perhaps but practicing those 'demonstration' intended asana, day in day out, over decades may be a different matter.

If you are young, and relatively flexible and with a particular body/sinew/bone structure type, starting practice at Uni, you could end up working on 3rd series at say twenty-five and then continue practicing advanced series asana daily for the next twenty to thirty years. 

That's an extreme but perhaps you started Ashtanga in your late twenties ended up at third series in your mid thirties, you could be practicing advanced series asana for ten, fifteen years before you decide enough is enough and start dropping asana and series.

I happened to be forty-three when I started. After completing Primary I moved pretty quickly through Advanced A and all but a couple of postures of B, the photos on the Krishnamacharya proficient asana list below were taken I think three years after I started. Thankfully around this time I began to practice Vinyasa krama with Ramaswami ( mainly because his book contained so many asana) and encountered a slower approach to practice. On studying and practicing with Pattabhi Jois' teacher Krishnamacharya's texts, I slowed my practice right down, these day's I mostly just practice the first half of Primary and occasionally the first half of Intermediate series.



Krishnamacharya7s Yogasangalu now available for free download for personal study from here
http://tinyurl.com/z9jy7cphttp://tinyurl.com/z9jy7cp


Krishnamacharya7s Yogasangalu now available for free download for personal study from here
http://tinyurl.com/z9jy7cphttp://tinyurl.com/z9jy7cp

Personally, I think now, I shouldn't have been practicing half of the above asana at that point but I was getting older and thought at the time it was a case of now or never plus I was amazed and a little intoxicated with what I found my body able to do. I wince when I see early video of Pattabhi Jois himself muscling his students into Advanced postures, who perhaps shouldn't even have been practicing 2nd. 






To reframe the question.
Should we, should anyone, be practicing Advanced asana (almost ) daily and over decades, at what point should we accept the physical changes in our bodies, in our bone mass, chemical make up and adapt our practice accordingly?

*

A couple of old videos of exploring advanced asana from 2011

I  should point out that I'm a home practitioner (notice the '....at home' in the blog title) and apart from three months with Kristina in Rethymno, Crete ( highly recommended) back in 2014, which included a couple of short TT's with Manju and a a month with Ramaswami in LA (Vinyasa Krama TT) I7ve always explored my practice alone at home. I started with books and DVD in 2007, the videos below exploring Advanced B are from 2011. I've never had any Ashtanga interviews other than a bruised toe but then shortly after these videos I become interested in exploring a slower practice with longer stays and pretty much lost interest with more advanced asana, primary asana seemed quite sufficient. had I gone to a teacher more, depending on the shala, I might have been held back more or encouraged beyond my own (perhaps limited) sense of caution and common sense.


A thought on these videos: 

I'm reminded of the old cybershala, how we would bounce ideas and posts around the blogs, exploring different postures together, sharing hints tips, picking up on topics and running with them. Our videos tended to be mostly 'work in progress'. Apart from going a little deeper in kapotasana, once we got the basics of a posture I think we pretty much tended to lose interest in videoing it, there are few ( if any ) fancy locations and beautiful examples of asana from those years (except perhaps Laruga back before she was teaching, her home practice an inspiration), we were sharing amongst friends rather than promoting ourselves, trying to catch the moment a posture or transition just clicked into place (actually that's probably not completely true, I'm sure there were periods where our ego got the better of us, but on the whole, on the whole). I started this particular blog as a response to the perfect Ashtanga series I saw on you tube, Lino Miele, John Scot. David Swenson, Richard freeman, mark Darby..., their jump throughs were too perfect, so far from my own attempts, I wanted to catch the moment my efforts first bore fruit, so we could see what it was that made the difference, likewise with kapotasana, karandavasana, dropping back, as well as these later forays into advanced series asana.



Appendix 1.

The full 45 minute Krishnamacharya (and Iyengar) 1938 silent Newsreel plus , jumping in and out of Vatyanasana.

Nice to sees new version of this in full (Thank you Tom and Youtube for allowing longer videos, up untill now it's been in five sections). Are there some bits that I don't remember from the chopped up version? Iyenger jumping straight into Vatyanasana for example at 29:09, at first I thought he was going for lotus but no.

Got to try that, the things Krishnamacharya used to teach those boys, no doubt for all the demonstrations they used to do. As with many postures and transitions (in the Advanced series for example, supposedly intended for demonstration only), practicing them daily would probably be too hard on the knees, joints but for the occasional demonstration, acceptable perhaps with enough training and preparation. Unfortunately these days, third is the new second and fourth the new third, many students are now practicing advanced postures daily, I wonder if this is wise.

Enjoy



Had to give it go, first side is just about OK but the second side a struggle, don't manage to get the foot high enough into the groin, cute party trick though, nice play a bit after such a heavy practice this morning.




This is a 'freestyle' approach to Vatayanasana As opposed to this one which is closer to the Ashtanga approach 'Working on getting my vatyanasana back'.

Should also add that it's perhaps something to think twice about before trying at home as your messing with your knees. I've spent quite some time playing with the hands free getting into lotus and hop to lotus jump through,

UPDATE
And on a similar theme, the jump in and out of padmasana







Appendix 2

Krishnamacharya practicing at 84

What does practice look like after 70 years?


Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu ( Link to translation) was originally published in 1942, these photos are from the 3rd edition 1972








































 



*


Or perhaps practice after 70 years just looks like this...

from Breath of Gods

*These pictures were taken for and added to the 1972 edition of Yogasanagalu putting Krishnamacharya at 84. Krishnamacharya was first taught asanas by his father from when he was six.

See the follow up post here

Krishnamacharya seems to have practiced along with his students.


Yesterday I posted 120 odd pictures of Krishnamacharya demonstrating asana from the 3rd edition of his second book Yogasanagalu, he was 84 at the time. The pictures were remarkable, how did he manage to stay that strong, that flexible, his eldest son Desikachar gives us a clue,

".....Of course, he was also doing Āsana for three to four hours daily in addition to his Prāṇāyāma. His practice was extremely rigorous and that may account for his being able to handle these large quantities of spicy and sweet foods.

and the third post in this series


APPENDIX 3



You may have no problems at all up to the age of fifty or sixty. After that, the real problem arises when the tissues of the body do not bear the load. What I practise now is more difficult than what I did when I was young or struggled to learn. Though today, I don’t consider those practices as very hard although I practised ten hours a day then. Today, it is a big fight between the body and the mind. The body says, “I can’t do it.” The mind says, “Do not force me.” BKS Iyengar

*

"Most people want to take joy without suffering, I'll take both. 
See how far suffering takes me" BKS Iyengar Light on Life.

*
We may not attain samadhi but perhaps the work we do in exploring the limbs of Ashtanga practice may prepare us somewhat for the suffering and hardship that awaits us. Few if any manage to avoid suffering completely. We do not seek pain or suffering but when it can not be avoided, reduced , deflected, we must be prepared perhaps to face it unflinchingly with dignity and forbearance and learn too from this pervasive aspect of life what it can teach us. 

Below is perhaps the most affecting article I've read on yoga, I'm tempted to print it out, frame it, and put it on the wall of the home shala. I've also included some notes on Iyengar's passing and a couple more articles, titled 'Seeing is believing' on BKS Iyengar practicing in his 80s.



At 92 years of age BKS Iyengar continued to practise yoga for several hours each day. Here he describes how his practice changed with age and offers advice to students on yoga in later life.




You may have no problems at all up to the age of fifty or sixty. After that, the real problem arises when the tissues of the body do not bear the load. What I practise now is more difficult than what I did when I was young or struggled to learn. Though today, I don’t consider those practices as very hard although I practised ten hours a day then. Today, it is a big fight between the body and the mind. The body says, “I can’t do it.” The mind says, “Do not force me.”

Will over matter

Believe me, after a certain age, to practise āsana and prānāyāma is going to be very hard. I am doing it because of this reason only. The body ages. It descends towards deterioration. The rate of catabolism increases more than anabolism. The bones become brittle. The blood vessels get hardened. All these are known facts. I do not want to fall prey to these. If I surrender to the will of the body, then I am no more a yogic practitioner. When I practise, I watch how to stop this deteriorating process. That is the will over matter.
Then you say, “Iyengar doesn’t need anything because he has practised earlier”. But that is not the right way of thinking. In fact, I see how at this age I need to practise. I have to avoid the constriction of the sternum. I have to see how the diaphragm remains free. If I look at the possible deteriorations and maintain my practice of āsana, then people say that I am a physical yogi.

Increased timings

Often people think that at the old age they should do dhyāna (meditation) or japa (repetition of mantras) instead of āsana and prānāyāma practice. I am not that type of a sādhaka (practioner) to take shelter under the garb of old age. I will not run away from my practice because of the fear complex of old age. I do meditation in each āsana as in each āsana I see God who is infinite and beyond measure. Because of age I have increased timings in my practices. Mind and body want to give way. I daily charge my body and mind to stand with will power so that I do not surrender to the weakness of my body and mind.
Having a good background of philosophy, practising yoga, I now continue life without depending on anyone. I have to stick to the philosophy of the body as I am already ingrained in the spiritual knowledge.



The steadiness of intelligence

The only difference between now and the early days is that in the early days I was like all other youngsters. I was tempted to do the āsana one after the other. Today, I stay in Dwi Pāda Viparīta Dandāsana or in Kapotāsana for quite a length of time. At this age I clearly understand the sūtra (Yoga Sutras, II.46), sthira (stable, firm) sukham (sweet, easy) āsanam (posture) in its total sense. Now, I see in each āsana, the perfect freshness and firmness of body, the alert, steadiness of intelligence and the sweet, benevolence of the self. I see whether I can enjoy sthira and sukha in a long stay in Kapotāsana. Can I be sthira and sukha in Dwi Pāda Viparīta Dandāsana?
Sometimes I do ten minutes Pārsva Śīrșāsana, on each side. These are difficult āsanas. Nobody does the advanced or complicated āsana at this age. Nobody takes the risk of doing and staying in these āsana as it requires courage. To do and maintain an āsana when the muscles and nerves tremor and the loose joints shake, heart beats faster, it is not an easy thing. I am not that type of a person to sit in Padmāsana and say, “I am comfortable.” If you are doing yoga, you realise the difficulties as one ages. So, my advice to all of you is that as yoga frees one from the afflictions of actions, afflictions come in chains in old age. Therefore maintain and sustain what you have learnt and do to keep it up then.

Courage and faith

This needs not only will power but also courage and faith. By the proper chemistry of will power and courage along with discrimination, the yogic practices generate the energy in the nerve cells as you stay in those difficult āsanas for a long time with comfort. At this age I learn lots of things. It is the wisdom that comes at this age. I have not lost this freshness of intelligence.
When you do Pārsva Śīrșāsana, sometimes you may not know where the legs are, where the shoulders are, where the load is. For an aging person like me, it is more difficult to have the sensitivity; yet, I have not lost it. Every now and then I come back to the right position in case I deviate from my limbs or mind. I educate the cells that they have to remain where I want them. I try for sthira sukham āsanam in these difficult āsanas. It is easy to be sthira and have sukham in the simple āsana.
I regularly practise prānāyāma and dhyāna in Padmāsana. You do not see me early in the mornings to know what I do. You only see me practising āsana in the hall, but my approach is the same in prānāyāma, dhārāna and dhyāna. To be honest, this is ethics.
Tatah klesha karma nivrttih (YogaSutras, IV.30). With the end of afflicted oriented actions, see that the afflictions do not enter the system or you in old age.


Dipika, 2011
*

Do follow the link (click the article title) and check out the website, the excellent BLOG (http://iyi.org.uk/category/blog/and the Resource page (https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/resources/articles/that has amongst much else all the Iyengar Yoga News Magazine mentioned above to view and download


***
Two years ago I woke up to hear that BKS Iyengar had passed away. I was in Rethymno, Crete at the time, practicing Ashtanga at Kristina Karitinou's shala for three months. I mentioned to Kristina that the great man had passed and she informed the rest of the class and dedicated the mornings practice to his memory. At the end of my practice I quietly went out into the courtyard behind the shala and dropped back a 108 times just as I had once seen Iyengar do on perhaps his 80th birthday. It was only the second time I had attempted so many dropbacks (see this post) and I had to split it into four groups with a brief pause between each. At the time I wasn't exactly sure why I was doing it, wished after the first batch I hadn't started, and wondered why I was so moved by his passing,  I was an 'Ashtangi 'after all, I'd never been to an Iyengar class, still haven't..... reading this article now I wish now I had done that 108 twice.


Iyengar dropping back again and again and again 42 seconds into the movie below




On a workshop I was presenting at Stillpoint Yoga in London a few months later an Iyengar teacher who reads my blog occasionally sent me, via his student who was attending my workshop, some pages on Iyengar's late practice (from Iyengar Yoga News. Some sample pages below, the magazines are now available to view and download at the links)

The practice was stunning, bemusing even, long long stays one after another, five minutes here, ten, fifteen minutes there, asana after asana, what possessed the man...... the article above goes someway perhaps to explaining but only someway. I held off posting those pages at the time but now I see they are readily available online.





See Part one of Inyengar's practice on p36 of  issue 3 







Part two on p 33 of issue 4


UPDATE: Encountering these articles again on BKS Iyengar's practicing in his 80s and 90s, I wanted to read more of his later writing. I've just started reading his Light on Life, a quite wonderful book, did Iyengar suspect it might be his last? It feels like a summation of all that he had learned in his lifetime of Ashtanga enquiry. The book treats each of Ashtanga's (eight) limbs chapter by chapter, we have Iyengar on asana, pranayama practice, on approaching/exploring each of the other limbs with the same uncompromising will with which he investigated asana throughout his life. 

Asana practice often gets a bad wrap these days, "That's not yoga", they say. 'They' see the play perhaps, the promotional asana that can, at times, distract us too from our work, we can allow ourselves some distraction perhaps if we then rejoin the struggle with ever more commitment. 


It is work, that daily discipline that characterises practice as we understand it.Lineage is of no importance other than to cling to an illusion of authority, another distraction, a support perhaps in the beginning, at some point it may become a hinderance to enquiry and what else is yoga. Sincere, committed practice, ideally daily, in whatever form it takes, moving or static, a mix of the two. Practiced with resolve it forges the will, the discipline required of the other limbs it leads us towards. 


There is a line from Iyengar's Light on Life that came back to me looking at these pictures...,  


"Most people want to take joy without suffering, I'll take both. 
See how far suffering takes me"


Was Svātmārāma thus, Matsyendrasana, in their uncompromising enquiry? 



(When) will we see his like again?



*



Note. The approach to Ashtanga I personally take now, at 53, is outlined in my Proficient Primary page http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/p/proficient-primary-project.html




Links

Do follow the link (click the article title) and check out the website, the excellent BLOG (http://iyi.org.uk/category/blog/and the Resource page (https://iyengaryoga.org.uk/resources/articles/that has amongst much else all the Iyengar Yoga News Magazine mentioned above to view and download.



https://www.amazon.com/Light-Life-Journey-Wholeness-Ultimate/dp/1594865248



Iyengar yoga Institute UK

Print

Labels

!0 ways ashtanga changed. (1) . Richard freeman Workshop (1) ((% includes theory (1) (OA) (1) ‪#‎proficientprimaryproject‬ (4) %Arabica (1) < manju (1) 10 point way to health (1) 10 second exhalation (2) 10 second inhalation (3) 10 second inhale (1) 10-15 second inhalation/ exhalation (1) 100 years of beatitude (1) 1008 (1) 108 dropbacks (1) 108 dropbacks. (1) 108 sun salutations (1) 17 meanings of yoga (1) 2000 asana (1) 21 Things to know before starting an ashtanga practice (1) 21st century yoga (1) 2nd series (4) 2nd series headstands (1) 2nd series list (1) 3rd edition Vinyasa Krama Practice Book (2) 3rd series (18) 4th series (4) 5% theory (1) 7 deadlies. (1) 80 rounds Pranayama (1) 95% practice (1) 99%practice 1% theory (1) A. G. Mohan (2) A.G. Mohhan (1) Abernathy butter (1) aches and pains (1) Achieving full lotus. (1) acro yoga (1) Acupuncture (1) adhomukha padmasana (1) adhomukha svanasanas (1) Adi Shankara (1) Adjusting (3) Adjusting postures. (1) Adjustments (1) Adjustments/assists (1) Advaita (1) Advanced A (6) Advanced A B C D list (1) Advanced Ashtanga (2) Advanced Ashtanga. Advanced asana (1) advanced B (3) Advanced backbending (1) advanced series (2) Advanced series ashtanga (1) Advanced series in primary and Intermediate (1) Advanced standing sequence (1) AG Mohan (4) Ahtanga (1) Ajaan Lee (1) Ajay Tokas (1) Ākāśa (1) Al-Biruni' Yoga Sutras (1) Alessandro Sigismondi (1) Alex Medin (2) Alica Jones (1) alignment (1) Alternative to sun salutation (1) alternative to upward facing dog. practicing with wrist problem (1) alternatives to asana (1) alternatives to headstand (1) Amanda Manfredi (2) Anandavalli (1) Angela Jamison (5) Anjeneyasana Sequence (1) Anne Nuotio (1) ansura (1) Ante-natel Yoga (3) Antenatal Vinyasa krama (1) Antenatal yoga (1) Anthar Kumbhakam (1) Antharanga Sadhana (1) any benefits to advanced asana (1) aparigraha (1) Aparokshanubhuti (1) applied anatomy and physiology of yoga (1) April fool. (1) Aranya (1) Ardha baddha padma eka pada raja kapotasana (1) Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimattanasana (1) ardha matsyendrasana (1) Ardhomukhasvanasana (1) Ariadne's thread (1) arm balances (4) arthritis (1) Aruna Elentari (1) asana (1) Asana and ageing (1) asana and sweat (1) asana as gesture (1) asana as mudra (1) asana lists (1) Asana madness (3) Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (1) Ashtanga (20) Ashtanga 2nd series (1) Ashtanga 3rd (1) Ashtanga 3rd series (1) Ashtanga 4th series. (1) Ashtanga 6th series (1) Ashtanga A (1) Ashtanga adjustments (2) Ashtanga Advanced A (2) Ashtanga Advanced series (1) Ashtanga Advanced series. Pattabhi Jois (1) ashtanga and age (2) ashtanga and ageing (3) Ashtanga and Boredom (1) Ashtanga and Drug Addiction (1) Ashtanga and fun (1) Ashtanga and kumbhaka (1) Ashtanga and menstruation (1) Ashtanga and motherhood (1) Ashtanga and pregnancy (1) Ashtanga and Socrates (1) Ashtanga and Sweat (1) Ashtanga and the wrist (1) Ashtanga and Vinyasa krama yoga Maidenhead (1) Ashtanga and Zen (2) Ashtanga as it was (2) Ashtanga assists (1) Ashtanga assists. (1) ashtanga authorisation (1) Ashtanga B (1) ashtanga backbends (1) ashtanga backbernding (1) Ashtanga books (3) Ashtanga C (1) Ashtanga certification (1) Ashtanga changes (1) Ashtanga cheat sheets (1) ashtanga class size (1) Ashtanga Comparison (1) Ashtanga conference (1) Ashtanga demo (1) Ashtanga demonstration (1) Ashtanga differences (1) Ashtanga dispatch (1) Ashtanga DVD's (1) Ashtanga finishing sequence (1) Ashtanga for beginners (1) Ashtanga history (9) Ashtanga history. (1) Ashtanga illustrations (1) Ashtanga in Europe (1) Ashtanga in Greece (3) Ashtanga in midlife (1) Ashtanga in Mysore (1) Ashtanga in Osaka (1) Ashtanga in the 80s (1) Ashtanga interviews (1) Ashtanga Japan (1) Ashtanga jump back (1) Ashtanga Ladies holiday (1) ashtanga legitimacy (2) Ashtanga lineage (3) Ashtanga Maidenhead (1) Ashtanga Moscow (1) Ashtanga nothing to fear. (1) Ashtanga Parampara (6) Ashtanga pranayama sequence (1) Ashtanga pranayama. (1) Ashtanga primary (1) Ashtanga primary series list (1) Ashtanga primary to advanced series (1) Ashtanga reading list (1) Ashtanga Rishi approach. (10) Ashtanga roots in yoga makaranda (1) Ashtanga Saadhana (1) Ashtanga source (1) Ashtanga syllabus (1) Ashtanga talk through (1) Ashtanga teacher Authorisation (1) Ashtanga terminology (1) Ashtanga tradition (1) Ashtanga TV spot (1) Ashtanga TVAM (1) Ashtanga videos (1) Ashtanga vinyasa (3) ashtanga vinyasa count. (1) Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama (35) Ashtanga Viswanath (1) Ashtanga while on period (1) Ashtanga Yoga (1) Ashtanga Yoga Anusthana (2) Ashtanga yoga Bali (1) ashtanga yoga confluence (6) Ashtanga yoga Confluence Eddie Stern (1) Ashtanga yoga greece (1) Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois (1) Ashtanga yoga london (1) Ashtanga yoga manual (1) Ashtanga yoga Moscow (1) Ashtanga Yoga Peru (1) Ashtanga Yoga School Moscow (3) Ashtanga young boys (1) Ashtanga.com article links (1) Ashtanga's origins (1) Ashtangaparampara (1) Ashtangi interviews (1) Assisting (3) assists (1) astanga (1) Aṣṭāṅga (1) Astanga Yoga Anusthana (1) Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Anuṣṭhāna (1) Astavakrasana (1) asymm (1) Asymmetric (1) Asymmetric asana (1) asymmetric sequence (1) Atma Suddhi mantras tutorial (1) Authorisation (1) AVIDYA (1) AVKY at Home (1) AY:A2 (1) ayc (5) AYC Videos (2) B.N.S. Iyengar (1) B&W yoga videos (1) back bending (3) back bending back bending (1) back bending. (1) back pain (4) back pain lumber region (1) back pain. floating (1) Back problem (1) backbend (1) backbending (7) backbending exercises (1) Backbending prep (1) backbends (4) backbends / dropbacks (73) baddha konasana (4) baddha padmasana (2) badha matsyendrasana (1) badha padmasana (1) Bahauddin Dagar (1) Bakasana (6) balance (1) Bali conference (1) Bandhas (13) bansuri (1) Bansuri Holliger (t)air(e) for solo flute (1) Basti. Neti (1) Beginner Ashtanga (1) beginner yoga reading list (1) Beginning Ashtanga (2) beginning Vinyasa krama (1) beginning vinyasa yoga (1) beginning yoga (2) Being in the World (3) being stopped at a posture (1) benefits of advanced asana (1) best Ashtanga books. (1) best Coffee in Japan (1) Best Coffee in Kyoto (1) best jump back (1) best jump through (1) bhagavad gita (7) Bhagavadagita (2) Bhagavan Das (2) Bharadvajrasana (2) Bharatanatyam (2) Bhaya Kumbakam (1) Bhoja's commentary on Yoga sutras (1) bhuja pindasana (1) Big people can do you (1) Bikram (2) bikram yoga (1) biography of Krishnamacharya (1) Birdwatching (1) Birth & Motherhood (1) birthday (1) BKS Iyengar (3) Bliss (1) blog to book (1) Blogbooker (1) Blogsy (1) BNS Iyengar (3) Body clock (1) Body image (1) Bohr effect (1) Book review (3) Born again Ashtangi (1) bow (1) Bow sequence (9) BRAHMASANA (1) breath (2) Breath control (1) breath holding (1) breath is nice (1) Breath of god (1) Breath of gods (1) Breath of the Gods (3) Breath of the Gods – A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga (1) breath retention in asana (1) Breathing (2) breathing asana (1) breathing less (1) breathing rate in ashtanga (1) British Yoga in the 1950`s and 60`s (1) Bruce lee (1) Bruges (1) Buddhasana (3) Budokan yoga (1) Burmese buddhism (1) cakra (2) Camel walk (3) Carbon Monoxide poisoning (1) Casa vinyasa (1) caturanga Dandasana (1) cave (1) chakea (1) Chakorasana (1) chakra (2) chakra bandhasana (4) Chakra meditation (1) Chakras (3) chakrasana (6) championship yoga (1) Chan meditation (1) Changes (1) Chanting (9) chanting in asana (1) Chanting the yoga sutras. (1) chanting yoga sutras (2) chatauranga dandasana (2) chaturanga (1) Chinese medicine and Ashtanga (1) chitta vritti (1) Chittavijana of Yogasanas (1) choosing an Ashtanga book (1) Christian yoga (1) Christmas practice. (2) chuck Miller (6) cit (1) cittavritti (1) classical yoga (1) Claudia and James Kripalu workshop (1) Cley (1) Clifford Sweatte (1) Coleridge (1) Coltrane (1) coming up (1) Common yoga protocol (2) comparison of drishti (1) concentration practice (1) conference notes (1) Conference notes. (1) Consciousness (1) Contemplation (2) Contemplative Sciences Centre (1) Contemplative Studies department (1) Contemporary yoga Culture (1) cooking (1) Creative Commons (1) Crete (2) cultivate (1) current practice (2) cybershala (1) Daily routine of a yogabhyasi (1) Danny Paradise (3) Dasha diirgha rechaka puuraka (1) David Garrigues (7) David Garrigues Intermediate DVD (1) David Keil (2) David Robson (5) David Robson's learn to float drums. (1) David Roche (1) David Swenson (7) David Williams (5) Dearbhla Kelly (1) Debbie Mills (1) dedicated practice (1) Deepdale Camping (1) defence of Ashtanga (1) degenerative arthritis (1) deindividuation (1) Deleting a blog (1) Dena Kingsberg (2) Der Atmande Gott (1) Der Atmende gott (2) Derek Ireland (13) Desikachar (1) desk pose (1) Detox (3) developing a Home practice (42) Development of Ashtanga series (1) devotion (1) devotion to practice (1) dhanurasana (2) Dharana (6) Dhāraṇā (2) Dharana focal points (1) Dhouti (1) Dhouti kriya (1) Dhyana (3) Did Krishnamacharya speak English (1) Dido and Aeneas (1) Dido's lament (1) die (1) diet (3) Differences in Ahstanga (1) Ding namaskara (1) discernment (1) discipline (6) Dmitry Baryshnikov (1) Do we need an Advanced series (1) does sweating detox (1) downward dog (1) Dr N Sjoman (1) Dr Norman Sjoman (1) Dr. Norman Sjoman (1) dream (1) Drisht (1) drishti (6) dropback (1) dropback prep (1) Dropback progress videos Aug 08 to Present (1) dropback ritual (1) dropback routine (1) dropbacks (1) dropping back (2) Duhkha (1) Durvasana (1) dwi pada sirasana (1) dwi pada sirsasana (2) Dwipada Sirsasana (1) dwipadapitam (2) dwipadasirsasana (1) early asana diploma course (1) Early Ashtanga (1) early ashtanga vinyasa (1) Early Ashtanga yoga article (1) Early pattabhi jois (1) Easter Krishnamacharya retreat (1) Eddie and Jocelyn Stern (1) Eddie Stern (6) effulgence (2) Egyptian backbend picture (1) Eihei Dogen (1) Eiko Saito (1) Eka pada chakra bandhasana (1) Eka pada raja Kapotasana (2) eka pada series (11) eka pada sirsasana (1) eka para baddha padmasana (1) EKAPADA VIPARITAKARANI (1) elephant jornal (1) Emergence du Yoga (1) Emergence of Yoga (5) Emurgence du Yoga (1) Encinitas (1) Encinitas yoga in schools debate (1) Equinox (1) errors in current ashtanga practice (1) Evening practice (2) evening practice. (1) Evolution of Ashtanga (2) Evolution of Ashtanga yoga (1) extended stays (2) extended stays in asana (1) Facebook (1) falling (1) FAT PEOPLE CAN'T DO YOGA? Fat people Can do Yoga (1) Father Joe Pereira (2) feet together dropback (1) feetup (1) femurs (1) First led Ashtanga class ever (1) First practice of 2012 (1) five koshas (1) five sheaths (1) Flexibility in Ashtanga (1) Flexibility within Ashtanga (1) float to handstand (1) floods (1) flotation tank yoga (1) flute (1) Forest tradition (1) formal savasana (1) four Immeasurable and yoga (1) four Immeasurable and yoga sutras (1) four immeasurables (1) four key asana (1) franney and Zooey (1) full vinyasa (6) Functional Anatomy (1) Fusion magazine tribute (1) Ganda Bherundasana (2) Gandha bhandasana (1) Gandha Bherundasana (2) Ganeseha prayer (1) Ganesh Mohan (1) Ganesha prayer (2) Garbha Pindasana (6) gayatri (1) Gayatri chant (2) gayatri japam (1) Georg Feuerstein (1) getting in to full lotus (1) Gil Frondsal (1) Gingi Lee (2) gita as it was (1) Grechikha (1) green smoothie (1) green smoothies (1) Gregor Maehle (12) Grimmplys Vinyasa Krama Practice Book (1) Guest Vinyasa krama practice (2) Gunas (2) Guru on the Grounds (1) Guru to Go (1) Guru's of Modern Yoga (1) guruji (9) Guruji asana (1) Guruji asana photos (1) Guruji in Copenhagen (1) Guruji London 2002 (1) Guruji London tour 2002 (1) Guruji peforming puja (1) Guy Donahaye (2) Gymnast wrist (1) halasana (1) Half Ashtanga series (1) Halogen heater (1) Hamish Hendry (2) Hampton Court (1) hands free lotus (2) handstand drop over (1) handstands (3) hanumanasana (8) Harvard Healthy eating plate (1) has yoga evolved (1) hatha and Raja yoga (1) hatha yoga (2) Hatha yoga pradipka. Aranya (1) headstand (20) headstand prop (1) headstand variations (1) headstand variations. (1) headstands (2) healing through bandhas (1) healing through Kumbhaka (1) Health healing and Beyond (1) heart of the practice (1) heart stopping (1) heart stopping experiment (1) Heartfulness meditation (1) Heartfulness meditation and ashtanga vinyasa yoga (1) Heather Morton (3) Heidegger (3) Heidegger and Yoga (1) Hesychasm (2) hesychast method (1) hidden asana (1) hidden postures between postures. (1) Hippies (1) Hippy (1) History of Asana (1) History of Ashtanga (2) history of Yoga (1) Holderlin (1) holding somebody back in ashtanga (1) holding the breath in asana (1) Holiday (1) Holiday practice (3) home ashtanga practice (1) Home practice (5) home practice. (1) home shala (1) home v shala practice. (1) Home yoga practice (1) hot yoga (1) House recommendations (2) How Ashtanga changed (1) How I met Guruji (1) How mauch to become and Ashtanga teacher (1) How old is Ashtanga Vinyasa (1) How old is Ashtanga? (1) how to breath in asana (1) how to chant the yoga sutras (1) How to do a headstand (3) how to do lotus (1) how to get into lotus (1) How to learn pranayama (1) how to meditate (1) How to practice Vinyasa krama (3) Hyon Gak Sunim (2) i Dhyana (1) ideal Mysore self practice room. (1) II-47 (1) Illnes (1) Ilya Zhuralev (1) Improvisation (1) in defence of ashtanga (1) in defense of asana (1) India (2) Indian cosmology (3) Indian dance (1) Indian evolution (3) Indian measurement (1) Indian music (1) Indian physical culture (1) Indra Devi (2) injuries (10) injury (8) Inner gazing (1) Inside an Imac (1) Intermediate (63) Intermediate series (1) internal drishti (2) International Yoga Day (1) Interviews (2) introduction to Ashtanga (1) introduction to Vinyasa krama (1) introduction to yoga (1) inversions (7) inverted sequence (6) inverted subroutines (9) Invertions. (1) invocation (1) ipod (1) Is Ashtanga a fixed sequence (1) IS Ashtanga a spiritual practice? (1) Is Ashtanga designed for young boys (1) Is Ashtanga hard (1) Is Ashtanga Hatha yoga? (2) Is yoga Indian (1) Ishvara gita (1) Ishvarapranidhana (1) iyengar (8) Iyengar Drop back challenge (6) Iyengar jumping (1) Iyengar practicing ashtanga (1) Iyengar yoga (1) Iyengar. 1938 Krishnamacharya movie (3) Iyengar's ashtanga (1) Iyengar's Library (1) jain yoga (1) jalandhara bandha (3) janu sirsasana (3) Japa mantra (2) jar (1) Jessica Walden (5) Jesus prayer (1) jim through (1) Jivatma (1) Joanne Darby (1) Joey Mills (1) John cage (1) John Campbell (1) john Scott (8) John Scott workshop (1) John Scott's Ashtanga App. (1) Jois (1) Jois led intermediate (1) Jois led primary (1) Jois Yoga (1) JoisYoga (1) jump back (1) Jump back jump through (59) Jump back library (1) Jump back monthly progress videos Feb 08 to present (1) Jump back Screenshots (5) jump back seven elements (7) jump the legs apart (1) jump through (2) jump through. (1) Jump to urdhava Kukkutasana (1) jumpbing back from padmasana (1) jumping back (2) jumping back from lotus (1) jumping back. jumping through (1) Jumping between standing postures (1) jumping into lotus (1) Jumping out of Bhjupindasana (1) jumping through (2) justification (1) Kandasana (4) Kapalabhati (2) KAPHALASANA (1) KAPHALASANA and BRAHMASANA (1) Kapil Math (1) Kapilasana (1) kapilasana Advanced B (1) Kapilasana. (1) Kapotasana (49) kapotasana ankles (2) Kapotasana Asana most necessary least significant (1) kapotasana heels (1) Kapotasana in india (1) kapotasana long stay (1) Kapotasana progress videos Dec 08 to Present (1) karandavasana (49) Karandavasana preparation (1) Karandavasana progress 14 day challenge (2) Kareem Abdul-Jabar (1) Karen Haberman (1) Kasyapasana (1) Kausthub Desikachar (4) keeping yoga mats clean (1) Keshava Murthy (1) Kevala kumbhaka (1) key asana (2) KHYF (1) KHYF Scandal (1) Kidney stones (5) kidney stones and yoga (1) kindle (1) Kindle paperwhite (1) Kino (11) Kino Advanced A (1) Kino MacGregor (6) Kino trivikramasana (1) knees together kapotasana (1) Knossos (1) Kosha's (1) Kovalam (1) KPJAYI (2) Krama (1) Krishanacharya (2) Krishanamacharya (7) krishanamcharya and the big man (1) Krishmamacharya 2nd (1) krishna (1) Krishnamacharya (138) krishnamacharya 1938 movie (1) Krishnamacharya and Buddhism (1) Krishnamacharya and Burmese Buddhism. (1) Krishnamacharya and tibet (1) Krishnamacharya backbending (1) Krishnamacharya Biography (1) Krishnamacharya chanting (1) Krishnamacharya documentary (1) Krishnamacharya drishti (1) Krishnamacharya hip fracture (1) Krishnamacharya in colour (1) Krishnamacharya in Mysore (1) Krishnamacharya in Tibet (1) Krishnamacharya interview (1) Krishnamacharya jumping (1) Krishnamacharya lost photo (1) Krishnamacharya movie (3) Krishnamacharya on Chakras (1) krishnamacharya original asana (1) krishnamacharya poster (1) krishnamacharya Primary series. (1) Krishnamacharya quotes (1) Krishnamacharya reading list (1) Krishnamacharya resource (1) Krishnamacharya shoulder stands (1) Krishnamacharya teaching. (2) Krishnamacharya video (1) Krishnamacharya workshop in Leon (1) krishnamacharya. (4) Krishnamacharya. Is Ashtanga hatha or raja yoga (1) Krishnamacharya's 32 headstands (1) Krishnamacharya's Advanced asana (2) Krishnamacharya's Ashtanga Primary series (2) krishnamacharya's Biography (1) Krishnamacharya's certification (1) Krishnamacharya's daughter (1) Krishnamacharya's early Mysore practice. (1) Krishnamacharya's early Mysore works (1) Krishnamacharya's English (1) krishnamacharya's examination (1) Krishnamacharya's guru (1) Krishnamacharya's key asana (1) Krishnamacharya's life saving practice (2) Krishnamacharya's Middle group asana (1) Krishnamacharya's Mysore Yoga students 1941 (1) Krishnamacharya's Original Ashtanga Yoga (1) Krishnamacharya's own practice (3) Krishnamacharya's personal practice (1) Krishnamacharya's practice (1) Krishnamacharya's pranayama (3) Krishnamacharya's pranayama practice (1) Krishnamacharya's second series (1) Krishnamacharya's sun salutation (1) krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda (1) Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu (2) krishnamacharya7s Ashtanga (1) Krishnamcharya (1) Kristina Ireland (3) Kristina Karitinou (7) Kriya (2) Kumbhaka (28) Kumbhaka and healing (1) Kumbhaka breath retention (1) Kumbhaka for healing (1) kumbhaka ha and tha bandhas (1) Kumbhaka in asana (4) kumbhaka jumping (1) kumbhaka. (1) Kumbhakha (1) kurma purana (1) Kurmasana (2) KYM (2) ladies holiday (2) lagu vajrasanam supta vajrasana (1) Lake Biwa (1) Lamrim (1) Lara Abiesheikh (1) laughter yoga (1) Layering images (1) learn dance hand mudras (1) Learn pranayama (1) Learn Pranayama mantra (1) Learn Sanskrit (1) Learn to chant (2) learn to float drums (1) Learn to float primary DVD (1) Learning pranayama (1) learning Sanskrit numbers (1) learning sanskrit yoga names (1) Learning Sanskrit. (1) Learning the pranayama mantra (1) Learning the sanskrit names for Ashtanga primary series. learning the Ashtanga vinyasa count (1) Learning Vinyasa Count (1) led 2nd series (1) led Advanced Ashtanga series. (1) Led Ashtanga primary (1) Led Intermediate series (1) led primary (1) Led second series (1) ledt intermediate (1) Left hand tantric yoga (1) leg behind head (3) Leg behind head preparation postures (5) leg raises (2) legacy of Hippie movement (1) Leon Workshop (1) Les twins (1) less asana (1) levitating (1) life saving practice (1) Life saving Yoga practice (1) Light on yoga (1) Lille (1) lineage (4) Lineage holder (1) lineage Kausthub Desikachar allegations (1) Linking Asana (1) Lino Miele (6) Lino Miele Ashtanga book (1) Lino Miele primary to Advanced book (1) Lino Miele's pranayama sequence. (1) Live stream of primary. (1) long breathing (1) Long Stays in asana (4) long stays. (1) Lori Shepard and Brian Yuen (1) losing practice (1) loss of practice (1) lotus (5) lotus jump back (1) lotus jump through (1) Lotus lifted spun dropped. (1) Lotus no hands (1) lotus sequence (4) lotus subroutines (8) lotus to headstand (5) Louise Ellis (1) lout (1) loving kindness (5) Loving kindness and Yoga Sutras (2) lumbosacral arthritis (1) M.S. Viswanath (Masterji) (1) macrobiotic (3) Madhavan Munusamy (1) Madonna (1) Madonna eka pada sirsasana (1) madonna yoga (1) maha bhandasana (1) maha mudra (1) maha vedha (1) mahabhandasana (1) mahabharata (2) mahamudra (2) Mahavedha (2) Making sushi knife (1) Mala Srivatsan (4) Man of Steel (1) mandala (3) Mandala yoga Bend Usa (1) Manduka (12) manduka bolster (1) Manduka's new Santorini prelate (1) Manju (1) manju jois (27) Manju Jois Bundle (1) Manju Jois TT notes. drishti (1) Manju Pattabhi Jois (2) manju Teacher training (1) Manju TT course Crete (1) Manju TT Crete (1) Manju workshop (1) mantra (1) mantra meditation (2) Mantra pranayama (1) Manu pranayama (1) Manuel Molina (1) Marcus Aurelius (1) Maria Shalimova (1) Maria Villella (2) Marichiyasana (2) Marichiyasana D (2) Marichiyasana G (1) Marichiyasana H (1) Marichiyasna G (1) marichiyasna H (1) Marie HALLAGER Andersen (2) Marie HALLAGER Anderson (1) Marilyn Monroe (1) Mark and Joanne Darby (1) Mark Darby (7) Mark Darby DVD (1) Mark Robberts (1) Mark Singleton (4) Mark Whitwell (1) Mary taylor. subtle body. (1) Masterji (1) Matthew Sweeney (5) Maty Ezraty (3) maya vedha (1) mayaland (1) mayurasana (7) Mcafe (1) Mcafe big macro burger (1) Mea Culpa (1) meaning of asana (1) meaning of yoga (1) meanings of Yoga (1) Meditation (11) Meditation and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (1) Meditative (2) meditative sequence. (1) Meditative subroutines (6) Meghan Currie (1) Melanie Cooper (2) Menstruation (3) mental and emotional abuse against Dr. Kaustaub Desikachar (1) mental Space (1) metta (2) Miami Life center (1) Miley Cyrus (1) Miley Cyrus marichiyasana D (1) Miley Cyrus yoga (1) Mind (1) Mindfulness (1) Mingus (3) minimum asana practice (1) misc primary (6) misc. (22) mitabhashana and mitahara (1) Modern postural yoga (1) modern yoga (1) Modern yoga narrative (1) modern yoga practice (1) modified Ashtanga (3) modified krouchasana (1) modified pasasana (1) Modified practice (1) modified sun salutation. pranayama bolster (1) modifying practice (1) modifying your practice (1) Monkey mind (1) moola bhandasana (1) moolabhandasana (1) moolabhnadha (2) Moon day (2) Moon days (1) More to Mysore (1) morning practice (1) motivation (4) Mountains (1) Mountains of asana (1) Mr T (1) Mr. A.F. Lara Abiesheikh (1) Mrityunjaya mantra tutorial (1) mudra (5) Mudras (2) mula bandha (4) mula bhandasana (1) mulabhandasana (1) mulabhandha (1) Music (1) My book on Kindle (1) My Early Ashtanga movie (1) My Easter Ashtanga retreat (1) my Mysore room (1) My practice (1) My Practice. (1) My very old practice videos (1) My Vinyasa Yoga practice Book. (1) My workshops (3) My year in posts (7) Mysore (3) Mysore dream (1) Mysore in Maidenhead (1) Mysore Magic Yoga At The Source (1) Mysore map (1) Mysore rule change (1) Mysore sandle soap (1) Mysore shala (2) Mysore Traditions Movie (1) Mysore yoga demonstration 1941 (1) Mysore Yoga Shalas (1) Mysore yoga tradition (1) Mysore? (1) Nada Yoga (1) nagaraya namaha (1) nakrasana (2) namarupa (6) namaskara (1) Nancy Gilgoff (11) natajarasana (1) Natanaga Zhander (1) Nauli (1) Nauli bad for womb? (1) Nauli Kriya (1) navasana to handstand (1) Nespresso (1) Nespresso Pixie (1) NEW BLOG (1) new postures (1) newsletters (40) Nietzsce (1) Nietzsche' (1) Niigata Japan (1) Nike grips (1) Nine bandhas (2) Niralumba sarvangasana (1) niralumba sirsasana (4) niyama (1) No Coffee no prana (1) no hands lotus (1) No merit to speak of (1) No official ashtanga (1) Norfolk Nature reserve (1) Norman Allan (1) norman blair (1) Norman Sjoman (2) Norman Sjoman workshop (1) nostril dominance (1) not about the count (1) Notes to self (7) NYT (1) Object and Objectless Meditation (1) odissi (1) official ashtanga (1) oh my datum (1) OHMME YOGA (2) Old Ashtanga article (1) Old krishnamacharya pictures (1) Old man of hassan (1) old shala (2) old Yoga videos (1) Oleg Flow (1) olympic yoga (1) OM The world of Ashtanga Yogis (1) Omkrasana (1) on blogging (2) on devotion (1) On krishnamacharya (1) On retreats (1) on Series (1) On the meaning of the word yoga (1) on vinyasa (1) on your feet (1) on your feet sequence (1) ondividual ashtanga practice (1) one month chakra bhandasana challenge (2) Only one Ashtanga book (1) opening chant (1) or degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis (1) origin of Ashtanga (1) original Ashtanga (3) original ashtanga syllabus (2) Original ashtanga table (1) Original ashtanga vinyasa count (2) original bhagavad gita (1) Original sun salutation (3) original surynamaskara (1) origins of Ashtanga (3) origins of ashtanga. (1) origins of sun salutation (1) Origins of yoga (1) orisgin of Ashtanga (1) Orisginal Ashtanga syllabus (1) Orthodox church (1) Osteoarthritis (1) Osteoarthritis of the spine (1) Outer gazing - Krishnamacharya (1) outtakes (1) overweight (1) oving kindness mantra (1) pachimatanasana (1) Padangustha Dhanurasana (1) Padma mayurasana (1) padmasana (4) painkillers (3) pancha kosha (1) pancha maya (1) paralympics (1) param yoga (1) Paramaguru (2) Paramaguru Sharath R. Jois (1) Paramata (1) parampara (5) Parasarita Padottanasana C (1) Pariṇāma (1) parsva dandasana (2) pasasana (8) paschimottanasana (5) Pashasana (1) pass (1) Patabbhi Jois' nephew (1) patanjali (5) patanjali prayers (1) Patanjali's yoga sutras (1) Pattabhi Jois (36) Pattabhi Jois advanced led A (1) Pattabhi jois Advanced series (1) Pattabhi Jois and Patanjali (1) Pattabhi Jois article (1) Pattabhi Jois asana (1) Pattabhi jois asana photos (1) Pattabhi jois handstand (1) pattabhi Jois interview (2) Pattabhi Jois Led (1) Pattabhi Jois resources (1) Pattabhi Jois samastithi (1) Pattabhi jois with Krishnamacharya (1) pattabhi Jois. (2) Pattabhi Jois' (1) Pattabhi Jois' pranayama Sequence (1) Pattabhi Jois' Yoga Journal letter (1) Pattabhi joys led primary (1) Paul Gold (1) Paul Harvey (1) peace chants (1) Peg Mulqueen (2) Period (1) Perissa Beach (1) Perter Brooks Mahabharata (1) Pet Cremation (1) Petri Raisanen (2) Petri Räisänen (2) Philippa Asher (2) Philokalia (1) Philosophy (3) Philosophy of Patanjali (1) Phone call (1) phulgenda Sinha (2) Physical Space (1) pinca mayurasana (1) Plagerism (1) Playing flute in asana (1) Pm Modi (1) PM Modi practicing yoga (1) postural yoga practice (1) pottery (1) practice guidelines (1) practice report (1) practicing ashtanga at home (1) practicing together (1) Practicing Vinyasa Krama (1) Practicing with Sharath (1) practicing with short arms (1) practicing Yoga at home (1) practicing yoga when overweight (1) Prana (1) prana shorts (1) prana vashya yoga (1) pranayama (31) Pranayama : Breath of Yoga (1) Pranayama and meditation (1) Pranayama by Pattabhi Jois (1) Pranayama chant (1) Pranayama chanting meditation (12) pranayama in asana (2) pranayama mantra (3) Pranidhi Varshney (1) prasadana (1) Prashant Iyengar (4) Pratyahara (3) Pregnancy (1) Pregnancy and Ashtanga (1) preparation for yoga (1) press to handstand (18) Presse Medicale 1936 (1) primary (2) Primary and 2nd series together (1) primary coming back. (1) primary manual (1) Primary series (1) Primary series book (1) Primary series practice sheets (1) Problems with Ashtanga (3) proficiency in asana (1) Proficient primary (1) progressing through ashtanga series (1) prolite (1) Pungu kukkutasana (2) puraka (1) Puraka (inhalation) (1) puraka kumbhaka (1) Purna matsyendrasana (8) Purusha (3) Pushpam (1) Questions from krishnamacharya's students (1) Questions to krishnamacharya (1) Quietude (1) R. Sharath Jois (2) Radha (2) Rainbowman (1) Raja Bhoja (1) raja kapotasana (2) Raja yoga (2) Rajah of Aundh (1) rajakapotasana (1) rajas and tamas (1) ram (1) rama Asana (1) Rama Mohana Brahmacari (1) Rama Mohana Brahmacharya (1) Ramamohana Brahmachari (1) Ramamohana Brahmachari' (1) ramaswam's newsletters vol 1 and vol 2 (1) Ramaswami (45) ramaswami chanting (3) Ramaswami in UK (1) Ramaswami Interview (1) Ramaswami newsletters (35) Ramaswami on Krishnamacharya (1) Ramaswami on meditation. (1) Ramaswami pranayama (1) Ramaswami resources (1) Ramaswami teaching (2) ramaswami. (1) Ramaswami's key asana (1) Ramaswami's Newsletters Vol 1-3 for Download (2) Ramaswami's Yoga sutra tutorial (1) Ramaswami's yoga sutras (1) Ramaswamin (1) Reading list (1) Recaka (exhalation) (1) recaka kumbhaka (1) recheka (1) recheka kumbhaka (1) Relationships (1) relaxed abdomen mayurasana (1) Religiousness in yoga (1) replacing the mac hard Drive (1) Rethymno (1) Rethymno Ashtanga (1) retread (1) Review (2) reviews (43) Reviews. Kino Macgreggor (1) Richard Freeman (22) richard freeman and Pattabhi Jois (1) Richard Freeman five day intensive (1) Richard Freeman intensive (3) Richard Freeman. (1) Richard Schechner (3) right speech (1) Rilke (1) Rinzai Zen (1) rishi (1) rishi series (4) Rishi Seris (1) Rishi's (1) Rmaswami (1) Robert thurman (1) role models (1) Roots of Yoga (2) runway posters (1) Runway project (1) Ryan Leier (2) Sadhaka: the yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar (1) Sahaj Marg (1) Sahaj Marg Meditation (1) sahanavavati tutorial (1) Saharath (1) Salinger (1) Salutations to the Teacher and the Eternal one (4) Samadhi (1) samakonasana kroukachasana challenge (2) Samaria gorge (1) Samkhya (7) Samkhya krika (1) Samyama (3) Sandhinirmocana Sutra (1) Sanskrit numbers (1) Santorini (4) Saraswati (1) sarvanagasana (6) sarvangasa (3) sarvangasana (5) sarvangasana preparation (1) satvic (1) Satya murthy (1) savasana (1) Śavasana (1) savasana Ashtanga take rest (1) saxophones (1) say (3) sayanasana (1) Sayasana (1) science of pranayama (1) science pertaining to the Self within. adhyātmavidyā (1) seated (2) Seattle Slyer espresso machine. (1) Seductive ashtanga (1) see my (1) sequences and subroutines. (88) Setu Bandhasana and chakra Bandhasana. (1) seven deadlies (1) seven headstands (1) Shadow yoga (1) shakuhachi (1) Shala (3) Shala practice (2) shala trail run (1) Shandor Remete (3) Shang Yen (1) Shanti mantra transcriptions (1) Shanti mantras (1) Sharat (1) Sharath (20) sharath / Jois old Video (1) Sharath Advanced A (1) Sharath conference (2) sharath dwi pada sirsasana (1) Sharath interview (1) Sharath jois (2) Sharath led primary (1) sharath primary DVD (3) Sharath Rangaswamy (1) Sharath Rangaswamy Jois (1) Sharath tour dates (1) Sharath Utkatasana exit (1) Sharath virabhadrasana exit (1) Sharath. (1) Sharath's book (2) Sharath's karandavasana (1) Sharath's led primary at Joisyoga NYC (2) Sharath's new book (1) Sharath's practice. (1) Sharath's pranayama video (1) Sharath's Virabhadrasana video (1) Sharpening japanese knives (1) Shiga (1) Shiga prefecture (1) shirsasana (1) Short Ashtanga practice. (1) shoulder stand (1) shoulder stand vinyasas (3) shoulderstand (6) Shoulderstand variations (1) Shoulderstands. (1) Shri Louise (1) Shribashyam (1) Shubogenzo (1) Sick (1) sick bed practice (1) siddhars (1) siddhis (2) SIKSHA VALLI (1) Silent Illumination (1) simhasana (2) Simon Borg-Oliver (8) Simon Borg-Olivier (5) Simon-Borg Oliver (1) Simple core vinyasa Krama practice (4) Sin salutation with mantras (1) sinha (1) sirsasana (17) Sirsasana variation (1) Sirsasana variations (1) sirsasana. headstand (1) SIRSHASANA (2) Sirssana (1) Sisrasana (1) sitali (1) sitali pranayama (1) sitali suryabheda nadi shodana (1) Sivananda (1) skilful practice (1) SKPJ (1) Skydiver Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier (1) Slow Ashtanga (5) Slow Ashtanga Osaka (1) slow sun salutation (1) Slowed down 2nd series (1) Slowed down Primary series (1) sma konasana (1) Soap opera practice (1) Sofia Xirotiri (1) SOHAM (1) Sonia Nelson (1) Soto zen (1) Space (1) Spinal sequence (1) Spiritual life (1) Spiritual practice? Yoga philosophy (1) splits (1) spondylosis. Suryanamascara (1) Sri K Pattabhi Jois (8) Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (3) Sri k. Pattabhi Jois memorial (1) Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' legacy (2) SRI T K SRIBHASHYAM (3) Sri TK Sribhashyam (2) Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois (1) Sribashyam sri sribashyam (1) SRIBHASHYAM (1) Srivatsa Ramaswami (55) Srivatsa Ramaswami Story time (1) Srivatsa ramaswami. (2) Srivatsa Ramaswami's (1) Srivatsan (1) steadiness and comfort ( sthhira and sukha). (1) Stillpoint yoga (3) Stoic (1) stoicism (1) stopping yoga clothes from smelling. (1) Straight leg jump through (10) Straight leg jump through. (1) studying with krishnamacharya (1) Subject/Object (1) Subroutines. (2) Subtle body (2) Summary Yoga sutras (1) Sun salitation variations (1) Sun salutation (5) sun salutation mantras (2) sun salutation to directions. (1) sun salutation with mantra (1) Sun salutation with mantras (2) sun salutation with mantras. Suryanamaskara (1) super moon (1) Superman (1) supine (2) Supine sequence (2) supine Subroutines (18) Supoine (1) supra trivikramasana (1) supta kurmasana (8) supta kurmasana Bhuja Dandasana (1) Supta Vajrasana (8) Suptapada Parsvangushtasana (1) Suptaparsva paddanguthasana (1) Surf guitar medley (1) Surrender (3) sury namaskara with mantras (1) surya namaskar (1) suryanamakara (1) Suryanamakara with mantras (1) Suryanamaskara (2) Suryanamaskara with mantras (1) surynamaskara (1) Surynamaskara practice sheet (2) surynamaskara with mantras (1) Suy namaskara (1) svanasanas (1) Swami Bua (1) Swami Hariharananda Aranya (2) Swara yoga (1) Sweat and kidney stones (1) Sweaty practice (1) T. K. Shribashyam (4) T. K. Sribashyam (1) T. Krishnamacharya (1) T.K. Sribhashyam (2) Table of asana (2) Taboo (1) Taḍagī Mudra (1) tadasana (5) Taittiriya Upanishad (2) TAN postures (1) Tantric Yoga (1) tapas (2) tatakamudra (2) tatkamudra (1) tatkamudra. (1) tattvas samkhya (1) teacher training (1) Teaching (4) Teaching Ashtanga (2) teaching first vinyasa krama Class (1) teaching yoga Adjusting asana (2) ten breaths in each asana (1) ten second inhale (1) Teos Bernard (1) textual support for kumbhaka in asana (1) The 'Original' Ashtanga yoga Syllabus given to Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 1974 Mysore (2) The Art of Ashtanga vinyasa (1) the asana before the asana (1) The Ashtanga Key (1) The Ashtanga Yoga Center (1) the breath (2) The Breath of Yoga (1) The breathing God (4) The Complete Ashtanga Yoga Syllabus demonstrated by David Williams (2) The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga : Subroutines page numbers (1) The Four Immeasurables (1) the Gita as it was (1) The Indian Review (1) The Jesus prayer (1) THE KALAMA SUTRA (1) The Kumar brothers Vijay Kumar (1) The looting of Yoga (1) the Original gita (3) the Original Yoga Sutras (2) The power of Ashtanga yoga (1) The power of Yoga. (1) The practice place (1) The Purnacarya (1) the purpose of yoga postures (1) the purusha sutra (1) the Science of yoga it's risks and rewards (1) The Shala (1) the Source (2) The Spine (3) The Time-Being (1) The Viniyoga letter (1) The vinyasa count (1) The way back (1) The yoga of breath (1) The yoga Podcast (3) thinking of giving up Ashtanga (1) This is yoga 1941 (1) This is yoga life magazine (1) three gunas (3) Three postures (1) tibet (1) tic tac (10) tic tock (9) tick tocks (5) tictac (2) tictac viparita chakrasana (1) Tim Feldmann (1) Tim Miller (9) Tirieng Mukha Eka Pada Paschimattanasana (1) Tirumular Thirumandiram (1) Tiryangamukha ekapada pascimottanasana (1) Titchwell (1) Titibhasana (1) tittibasana (1) tittibhasana (2) TK Shribhsyam (1) TK Sribashyam (1) TKV Desikachar (3) tolasana (1) Tolstoy (1) Tolstoyism (1) Tom Sewell (1) towards karandavasana (1) tradition (3) traditional yoga (1) Tranquilo (1) transitions (2) Translate (1) Trataka (1) travel (1) Trayumbakum mantra (1) triangamukha Uttanasana (1) trigger point therapy (1) Trikonasana (1) trying yoga (1) tsunami (1) tucking the tailbone. (1) Tudor-Jones (1) tunas (1) tutorial (1) uddiyana bandha (2) Uddiyana bandha in asana (1) uddiyana kriya (1) uddiyana mudra Kino (1) Uji (1) ujjayi (3) unsupported headstand (1) unsupported headstands (2) Upanishads (2) upavishta konasana (1) Urdhava Dhanurasana (2) urdhva dhanurasana (2) Urdhva Kukkutasana (2) Urdhvamukhasvanasana (2) ushtrasana (1) ustrasana (1) Uthpluthi (1) Utkatasana (1) Utkatasana lift (1) utpluthi (1) uttana mayurasana (1) uttanha Shalabhasana (1) Uttarkashi (1) Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (1) utthita parsvakonasana (1) Vairagya (1) vajrasana (3) Vajrasana sequence (1) Valencia Krishnamacharya workshop (2) Valencia workshop (1) vamana Rishi (1) varying allegations of sexual (1) vashitasana (1) vatayanasana (2) vatyanasana (1) Vayu (1) Vayu Siddhi (1) vayus (1) Vedanta (1) vedic peace chants (1) Veena (1) Vegetarian (1) vegetarian burger (1) Vegetarian Minestrone (2) Vibrem five finger shoes (1) Vicarious Yoga (1) Vidyas (1) Vinay Kumar (2) Vinya Kumnar (1) Vinyasa (7) Vinyasa count (3) Vinyasa Krama (36) Vinyasa Krama 200HR TT program (4) vinyasa krama and pregnancy (1) Vinyasa Krama backbending. (1) vinyasa krama daily practice (6) Vinyasa Krama headstands (1) Vinyasa Krama Individual Asana sequences (1) Vinyasa Krama inverted sequence (1) Vinyasa Krama lotus sequence (1) Vinyasa Krama Practice Book (2) Vinyasa Krama Practice Manual (1) Vinyasa Krama practice routine (4) Vinyasa Krama practice sheets (3) Vinyasa Krama prayer (1) Vinyasa Krama Sister blog (1) Vinyasa krama slideshows (1) Vinyasa Krama speeded up Ashtanga slowed down (1) Vinyasa Krama supine sequence (1) Vinyasa krama Teacher training (2) vinyasa krama ten day practice routine (1) Vinyasa Krama triangle subroutines (7) vinyasa krama tt course (2) vinyasa krama videos (1) Vinyasa Krama Yoga Osaka (1) Vinyasa Krama yoga Teacher Training program (1) Vinyasa Yoga (1) Vinyasa Yoga for Youth (1) Vinyasa Yoga practice book (1) VINYASA YOGA PRACTICE BOOK 2ND ED. (1) viparita chakrasana (13) viparita dandasana (3) Viparita Salabhasana (4) vipassana (1) vipraita salambhasana (1) Virabhadrasana (1) Virabhadrasana lift (1) Viranchyasana (3) Viranchyasana A (2) Viranchyasana B (1) Virasana (1) Visesha vinyasa (1) Visvamitrasana (1) Vital points (1) VK arm balance series (1) VK Asymmetric seated sequence (8) VK Bow sequence (2) VK Inverted sequence (2) VK Lotus sequence (2) Vk Meditative poses sequence (1) VK On one leg sequence (9) VK On your feet sequence (5) VK Seated Sequence (10) VK supine sequence (5) Vrischikasana (1) Vrschikasana (1) wabi wabi (1) waht is a Mysore room (1) Warrior stance (1) Washer Woman's syndrome (1) Washing yoga clothes (1) washing yoga towels (1) Watching guruji practice (1) waterproof iPad (1) Way of the pilgrim (1) Whast is Mysore style (1) What I believe (1) What is Ashtanga (1) What is Ashtanga really (1) What is yoga (2) What is Yoga to me (1) What's changed in Ashtanga (2) What's in a name (1) What's not wrong with Ashtanga (1) When I'm laid in the Earth. (1) Where to practice yoga (1) Why meditation (1) Why practice yoga (1) why rest on moon days (1) Why Yoga (1) wide angle lens (1) Wild Yogi magazine (1) Wildyogi (1) William j Broad (1) willing suspension of disbelief (1) Winnipeg Yoga Shala Canada (1) winter clothing (1) Winter practice (2) Woman and Ashtanga (1) Woman and Yoga (1) Workshop (1) workshop. (1) workshops (1) Wrist pain in Ashtanga (1) Wyatt (2) Wyatt Denney (3) yama (1) yama niyama (5) yamas and niyamas (1) Yamini Murthanna (1) Yamini Muthanna (1) Yoga (4) Yoga Anatomy (1) Yoga and aeging (1) yoga and ageing (1) Yoga and modern medicine (1) Yoga and Motherhood (1) Yoga and Osteoporosis (1) Yoga and pregnancy (4) yoga and Spinal health (1) yoga and Sport (1) Yoga and superheros (1) Yoga and the Spine (1) Yoga and weight (1) Yoga and Women (1) Yoga as it was (1) yoga as sport (1) Yoga bibliography (1) yoga bloopers (2) Yoga Body (3) yoga bookshelf (1) Yoga bookshelves (1) Yoga Campus (1) yoga class size (1) Yoga Dandasana (1) Yoga for Diabetes (1) Yoga for joints (1) Yoga for the three stages of life (3) Yoga for women (1) Yoga for youth (1) Yoga Fundamentals course (1) YOGA GLOSSARY (1) Yoga Gurandam (1) Yoga History (1) Yoga in Britain (1) Yoga in post war Britain (1) yoga in schools (1) Yoga in the west (1) Yoga in UK (1) yoga is not antithought (1) Yoga Journal (2) Yoga Korunta (8) yoga korunti (1) Yoga Makaranda (22) Yoga makaranda ( part II) (1) Yoga Makaranda asana (1) Yoga makaranda asana list (1) Yoga Makaranda part 2 (1) Yoga Makaranda Part II (2) Yoga makaranda translation. (1) yoga makaranda. (1) Yoga mala (1) Yoga mat bags (2) Yoga mat bags from recycled Kimono's (1) Yoga matbags from recycled kimono material (1) Yoga Meditation (4) Yoga Mela Kripula (1) Yoga mudra (1) Yoga Nidra (1) yoga of action (1) yoga of motion (1) Yoga of the Yogi (1) Yoga on film (1) Yoga on Santorini (1) Yoga Philosophy (7) Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali (2) Yoga raading list (1) yoga rahasya (1) Yoga Rainbow festival (6) Yoga reading list (1) Yoga Science (1) yoga selfies (1) Yoga sex scandals (1) Yoga shorts review (2) yoga Styles (1) Yoga sutra 1:33 (1) Yoga sutra chanted (1) Yoga Sutras (14) Yoga Sutras II-49 (1) Yoga Sutras in plain English (1) Yoga Sutras transliteration (1) Yoga Taravali (1) yoga taravali chant (1) Yoga teacher training. (1) Yoga Therapy (2) Yoga therapy articles (1) Yoga Therapy for Children with Special Needs (2) Yoga tradition of the Mysore palace (1) Yoga Unveiled (1) Yoga Vasistha (1) Yoga Workshop (1) Yoga Workshop USA (1) Yoga yajnavalkya (1) Yoga Zagreb Croatia (1) Yoga: Tradition in the Eyes of Modernity (1) yoga's loss of meaning (1) Yoga's loss of purpose (1) Yoga=Addiction? (1) Yogacarya Krishnamacharya - The Purnacarya (2) Yogacarya Krishnamacharya - The Purnacarya. Edited by Mala (1) YogaGlo (1) Yogakriyas (1) Yogamatters (2) Yoganidrasana (1) Yogāsana-Jaina (1) Yogasanagalu (44) Yogasanagalu asana list (1) yogasanagalu translation (5) Yogasanagalu. (1) Yogasanagalua (1) Yogasynergy (1) Yogavataranam (1) Yogayajnavalkya (1) Yogeshwara Ramamohana Brahmachari (1) Youtube videos (1) YS I:14 (1) Yurt Norfolk camping (1) Yvonne Millerand (2) Yyvonne milerand (1) Zen Bones. Centering practice (1) zen circles (1) Zen Flesh (1) Zen training (1) Zoë Slatoff-Ponté (1)

A Reminder

from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included.

"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta
Creative Commons License
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at home by Anthony Grim Hall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://grimmly2007.blogspot.co.uk/.