Pranayama regulates breath by desha (region), kala (duration), samkhya (cycles).
Breath driven to touch pranic manas (mind), loosen grip of mental vasanas (tendencies).
Asanas teach pranayama fundamentals—breath uses, applications, processes.
When body, mind, & breath benefit, we benefit from pranayama.
Karma doesn’t end with fruition: reactions form new samskaras (imprints) & vasanas (tendencies)
Prana is one, like the ocean, but named according to function and location.
Pranayama burns defects, modifies chakra tendencies. Respiratory benefits are secondary.
Breath and mind: two sides of the same coin. Breath assists comprehension.
Pranayama uses vehicle of the breath. Breath & mind must benefit from asana.
Asana + shvasayama (breath restraint)—prerequisite for pranayama & dhyana.
Chitta-vrtti includes movements of manas (mind), ahamkara (identity), and buddhi (intelligence).
Senses seek jnana (knowledge) in pratyahara.
Yogic jnanendriyas seek knowledge of the Self—true jnana.
Vachikakriya accrues virtue. Dharma is not limited by time and space.
Prana kriya charms the kundalini & activates aspects of the respiratory system.
Silent sound forms of prana kriya cast a spell on pranic system to open chest.
Pratipaksha-bhavanam = self-admonishment. Violating vow of yama pricks conscience.
Destiny, determined by prior karmas, depends on perception, action
Classical Yoga serves the three “spiritual” dimensions of embodiment—adhibhautika (five elements within), adhidaivika (inner celestial forces), and adhyatmika (Self).
Japa nourishes and purifies the subtle body just as food and medicine nourish the gross body. Nama japa includes chanting OM, and requires no prerequisite.
Dhyana pacifies the causes of suffering, purifies chitta, & normalizes a disorganized mind. Sages used meditation & dhyana to attain jnana (spiritual knowledge).
Manas is an object, the visible “tip of the iceberg of chitta.” Mental vrttis refer to external objects. Mano vrtti nirodha is the gateway to chitta vrtti nirodha.
Japa is a form of dhyana that everyone can do to nourish the subtle body. Manas is the “tip of the iceberg of chitta.” Dreamless sleep restrains manas (mind) but not the chitta vrttis.
Mental clarity requires sensitivity in asana & pranayama. Adhyatmika sadhana (practice pertaining to Self) ascertains the known, knowing, & knower as objects of knowledge.
Noble qualities surface when asana churns the ocean within. Ahimsa (non-violence) is the manifestation of the Six Virtues of equanimity, control of senses, tolerance…. Identify ahimsa, not the negation of himsa (violence).
Asana is more than physical. It is a mirror for svadhyaya (self-study). It reflects thought, thinking, and thinker.
Dharma is decided deep in the core of the heart and sustains you like a magnanimous mother.
BKS Iyengar’s Dynamic Meditation perfected his asana to carve, sculpt, and culture the subjective entity, the self. Meditation studies the thinker, thinking, and the thought.
Ashtanga yoga is an ethico-religious practice comprised of yama and niyama.
“I am the doer of asana” is the antithesis of yoga. Be the beneficiary—sculpted by yoga. If you were the doer, how could you be the witness?
Body, mind, & breath interaction teaches us about our own potentials, traits, & dispositions.
Reinforce the immune system with asana for the abdomen and brain, and to counteract duality.
Viparita Karani is not just an anti-anxiety pose, but an act of meditation, dhyana… the key practice that leads to samadhi.