Path to Freedom Pointers

The information below was originally shared for those attending the event to taught called “Path to Freedom” at the British Wheel of Yoga North West day of yoga (November 28th 2015). The information be useful for subsequent events or for students wanting some pointers to explore yoga for themselves.

[Note: 28th November 2015. The quotes used during the day of yoga have been added at the request of some of those students present.]

Areas of study and practice:-

 

Specific practices:-

  • Physical yoga postures
  • Mudras such as Chin mudra
  • Pranayama – Specifically in this context Nadhi Shodana also known as Alternate nostril breathing
  • Pratyahara – Shanmuki Mudra or possibly Bramari pranayama
  • Meditation – Specifically in this context Antar Mouna or Inner Silence
  • Karma yoga

 

Further reading (see book list for exact details):-

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Gheranda Samhita
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – mainly chapter 1 and 2
  • Edge of Infinity – chapters 3, 5, 6 and 7
  • Bhagavad Gita – chapters 3 and 6
  • Yoga Darshan – Starting on pages 59, 87, 107, 226 until end of section

 

Quotes

99% practice 1% theory
(Sri K. Pattabhi Jois)

“Raja yoga is in practice an exploration and training of the mind. Ultimately this leads to complete mastery and understanding of the mind.”
(http://yoga-bija.me.uk/om/raja-yoga)

“Those who are enamoured of practice without theory are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty where he is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory.”
(Leonardo da Vinci)

“The Yoga Sutra, is not a philosophy book to be studied with the intellect or ordinary mind, but rather it is an experiential workbook that is revealed by an open heart. Wisdom is by its nature, trans-rational and transconceptual — broader than any manmade conception or constructed thought wave, and Patanjali everywhere confirms that hypothesis. Wisdom as well as intellect comes from an innate sourceless intelligence of the universal boundless mind”
(Online PDF, reference available from yoga-bija.me.uk)

“The path of Karma Yoga gives us the possibility of expanding our awareness and deepening perception whilst acting in the world.”
(Edge of Infinity, page 223)

“Karma yoga means to perform work with awareness and to the best of our ability, without being attached to the outcome.”
(Edge of Infinity, page 223)

“In our daily life our minds are almost continually externalized. We see and hear only what is going on outside of us, and we have little understanding of the events taking place in our inner environment. The practice of antar mouna is designed to turn this around, so that for at least a short period we can see the workings of our mind and understand them. In reality antar mouna is one of the few ‘permanent sadhanas’ which can be practised spontaneously all the twenty four hours of the day by anyone who is really determined to know oneself.”
(Meditations from the tantras, page 211)

 

 

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