Yoga theory applied

Application and adaptation of yoga techniques and philosophy

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JATHARA PARIVRITTI

 “Jathara parivritti” refers to three lying on the back postures. One of them includes side bending, and the other two contain vertebral twist. All of them present a large number of variations and modifications with multiple applications.

by Bernard Bouanchaud 

SEQUENCE

The different applications of jathara parivritti that were introduced in these three sequences give them increasing intensity. 

 by Claude Maréchal

 THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA

Here are four sequences of âsana that illustrate the enormous variety of associations of symmetrical and asymmetrical postures.

 We use a model that is similar to the one of chanted recitation (which suggests internal and external efforts) to help us understand the kind of work and the effects of symmetrical and asymmetrical postures.

 by Claude Maréchal

THOUGHTS ON MEDITATION

The path of yoga culminates with meditation, which expresses itself in the form of action, according to the teaching of the great texts. The validity of the path and its quality can be measured by the person’s fulfillment, which shows through the harmony in the relationship with others.

 by François Lorin

 VINIYOGA OR HOW TO HEAL THE MIND: KRIYÂ-YOGA (FIRST PART)

 When yoga is correctly transmitted through an individual relationship, it takes into account the psychological balance and life situation of the student. For this reason, at an initial stage, it may seem like a therapeutic action with its rules and limits.

 by Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Elisabeth Wieczorek

A PROBLEM OF WEIGHT

 Âyur-Veda says that an obese person must not feast but cannot fast either. A lot of exercise on top of this complicates the situation even more.

 by T.K.V. Desikachar

YOGA-SÛTRA I.29 and 30

 Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya; presentation and explications: T.K.V. Desikachar

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 JÂNUSHÎRSHÂSANA

This is an asymmetrical sitting forward bending posture. It combines the actions of two other famous postures (siddhâsana and pashcimatânâsana) which are described in several classical texts.
By Claude Maréchal
JÂNUSHÎRSHÂSANA
This is an asymmetrical sitting forward bending posture. It combines the actions of two other famous postures (siddhâsana and pashcimatânâsana) which are described in several classical texts.
By Claude Maréchal
JÂNUSHÎRSHÂSANA
This is an asymmetrical sitting forward bending posture. It combines the actions of two other famous postures (siddhâsana and pashcimatânâsana) which are described in several classical texts.
By Claude Maréchal
This is an asymmetrical sitting forward bending posture. It combines the actions of two other famous postures (siddhâsana and pashcimatânâsana) which are described in several classical texts.
 By Claude Maréchal
 
SEQUENCE
 
This sequence presents an example of gradual progression towards mastering jânushîrshâsana practiced in a static way for twelve breaths on each side.
By Claude Maréchal

THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA (Symmetry and asymmetry: first part)
 
In a sequence of âsana the right combination of symmetrical and asymmetrical postures works on all parts of the body and reorganizes and harmonizes its tonus.
We can combine these two large categories of postures in several ways in order to perform interesting explorations of the body and benefit from their effects.
By Claude Maréchal 

LEARNING WITH A BOOK
 
The best book cannot replace a good teacher.
By T.K.V. Desikachar
 
 SÂMKHYA-KÂRIKÂ:About the order and the method

Sâmkhya is one of the six pillars of ancient Indian thought. To a certain degree, it represents the theoretical basis of yoga and so cannot be separated from it. A serious yoga practitioner cannot ignore this “point of view” because the link between yoga and sâmkhya is very strong.
By Bernard Bouanchaud
 

YOGA-SÛTRA (Y.S.I.27 and 28)

It is possible to connect to Îshvara, call Him, glorify His qualities and thank Him, using the sacred syllable (Om). In these two aphorisms Patanjali exposes the mantra-yoga technique.

Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya; presentation and explications: T. K. V. Desikachar  

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VÎRABHADRÂSANA 

Some yoga postures represent a specific idea or action. Vîrabhadrâsana is one of them. It deserves a special place in the technique of yogâsana because of its name and its effects on the muscles, breath and psyche of the practitioner.

By Claude Maréchal

SEQUENCE

In this sequence we analyze vîrabhadrâsana. This is a very short sequence; it ends with a lying down counter posture and prânâyâma

By Claude Maréchal

BREATH AND MIND

Breathing is a vital function that doesn’t stop. But most of the time we don’t give it much importance. However the way we breathe can give us precious indications about our mood and it can even alter it in the way we wish.

By T.K.V. Desikachar

PRÂNÂYÂMA: RELATION BETWEEN RHYTHM AND TECHNIQUE

Most of the basic techniques of prânâyâma combine ujjâyî with breathing through alternate nostrils. We are going to recall the characteristics of these two ways of breathing. The choice of a given technique and rhythm depends on the possibilities of the practitioner and aims to answer his/her particular needs.

So we define which technique is good for a practitioner according to his/her breathing capacity and objective. The desired rhythm determines the choice of the technique, not otherwise.

This article is a general theoretical presentation of this subject. Another article will propose different applications and will show how to progress in the practice of prânâyâma.

By Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Sylviane Gianina

WHEN ONE TAKES MEDICATION

When someone ill practices yoga, this person needs to be constantly watched.

By T.K.V. Desikachar

SOME REFLECTIONS ON MEDITATION

Desikachar shared some reflections on meditation in a seminar.

By T.K.V. Desikachar

YOGA-SÛTRA (I.26)

In all great traditions, the notion of “master” or guru has a capital role. In yoga, the primordial guru is Îshvara.

Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya; presentation and explanations by T.K.V. Desikachar  

 

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PÂRSHVA-UTTÂNÂSANA

 Sometimes yoga postures are complex asymmetrical positions.

 Today we present you with pârshva-uttânâsana. It is a typical example of those postures; it contains forward bending of the trunk and several different asymmetries.

It offers a great variety of effects and indications. Its effects on the legs, hips and trunk favor standing and sitting correctly.

By Bernard Bouanchaud 

 SEQUENCE

This sequence is based on a progressive application of pârshva uttânâsana. The practitioner may gradually gain some domain over this pose, using the instructions that are suggested in the table of vinyâsa krama. 

 By Claude Maréchal

RESPECT THE YELLOW LIGHT

 The mind can direct the body. However if the mind has blockages, the result can be a disaster.

By T.K.V. Desikachar

ABOUT THE CAKRA

Probably no aspect of yoga is as misunderstood as the cakra. A quick look at the innumerous books about this subject reveals a great increase in its popularity.

Those who think that at the beginning the system of the cakra probably meant something other than this cocktail of Hindu symbolism, cheap psychology and esoteric fairy tales, will see their assumption being confirmed by the following explanation.

Dalmann and Martin Soder are doctors and they are in charge of the German magazine “Viveka”. They asked Desikachar about the concept of cakra in yoga. They gathered his answers and wrote this article. 

By T.K.V. Desikachar 

SÂDHANA

 OR HOW TO ORIENT CHANGE TOWARD MORE CLARITY

 In this article, the author presents us with the idea of sâdhana according to fundamental texts: Patanjali’s Yoga-Sûtra and the Bhagavad-Gîtâ by Vyâsa.

By François Laurin

YOGA-SÛTRA I.24 and 25

 Patanjali starts a very important section of Yoga with the notion of Îshvara. The aphorisms we are going to study here show the value of the “characteristics” that Patanjali assigned to the Lord and describe His incomparable power.

Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya; Presentation and Explanations by T.K.V. Desikachar 

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ÛRDHVA PRASRITA PÂDÂSANA

Ûrdhva prasrita pâdâsana has a prime place in the group of “lying on the back” poses. Its adaptations and variations allow it to be a pose for beginners and for more trained practitioners, as well.

By Claude Maréchal

SEQUENCE

In this sequence, we have a short and simple static application of the classical posture ûrdhva prasrita pâdâsana and we suggest a gradual progression in the duration of the static phase. This sequence starts and ends with samasthiti - the standing pose -, which serves as a reference.

By Claude Maréchal 

THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA (5)

 A sequence of âsana takes on a particular character as a result of the poses of the same type, which it contains.

In this article, we will see the construction and function of “inverted” and “seated” sequences.

By Claude Maréchal

THERE IS NOT A COMMON RECIPE FOR EVERYONE

By T.K.V. Desikachar

THE BHAGAVAD-GÎTÂ (2)

In the first article published in the previous issue, Richard Belfer presented us with the first six chapters of the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, showing the importance given to action and karma yoga.

This second article devoted to the twelve following chapters explains how concepts such as bhakti, the play of the guna, etc. are presented. The skill and consistency of Krishna’s pedagogy in his teaching remains one of the important aspects of the Gîtâ.

By Richard Belfer

DHARMA AND ADHARMA

ORDER AND DISORDER ACCORDING TO INDIAN THOUGHT

The human being has always been confronted with disorder – interior and exterior - and he has often looked for order through sometimes questionable means.

By François Laurin

FIRST STEPS

How yoga changed my life…

By Jean Hoyberghs

YOGA-SÛTRA I.23

Aphorism I.23 leads us to explore a new domain in Yoga-Sûtra: The one, which presents the choice of means in order to realize the state of yoga. The first means – devotion – is also the most relevant. So we are giving it special attention.

Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya; Presentation and Explanations by T.K.V. Desikachar

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VAJRÂSANA

For the first time we present a posture which is typically a seated one with the back straight.

Vajrâsana is an important position in yoga; it is the culmination of the practice of other postures. It allows us to practice prânâyâma and also offers us several possibilities of movement that have a positive influence on our cervical column. When combined specially with cakravâkâsana(which was studied in the last issue), it is often used as a counter posture or gentle preparation for other positions.

By Bernard Bouanchaud

SEQUENCE

This sequence associates vajrâsana to dvipâda pîtham and bhujangâsana. We prepare vajrâsana and then it is practiced in a static way; the other postures function either as preparation or bring a complementary action.

Other combinations are possible…

By Claude Maréchal

THE BHAGAVAD-GÎTÂ

In this article we focus on the first six chapters of the Bhagavad-Gîtâ; Richard Belfer introduces the character of Arjuna and explains the problems affecting him at the beginning of the famous text. It also shows the pedagogical strategy that Krishna uses with Arjuna, who is his student and friend. The master begins to explain the importance of the yoga of action and the meaning of responsibility to his disciple.

By Richard Belfer

THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA

A sequence of âsana can present particular characteristics because of the inclusion of a relevant number of postures of the same kind. Its function is related to the way it is built.

The first part of this article presents a “standing” sequence and a “lying” sequence.

By Claude Maréchal

HOW MY FATHER BECAME MY MASTER

Education by example: we transmit more what we are than what we know.

By T.K.V. Desikachar

PRÂNÂYÂMA

Aphorism II.49 of Yoga-Sûtra defines prânâyâma; in this article we are going to study aphorism II.50 which explains how to practice the breathing discipline.

By Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Sylviane Gianina

YOGA-SÛTRA I.21 and 22

The effort, the seriousness and the intensity of the practice are notions constantly present in the work of Patanjali. They have been presented before.

Aphorisms I.21 & 22 give supplementary indications about the role and the effects of commitment.

Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya; presentation and explanations by T. K. V. Desikachar 

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CAKRAVÂKÂSANA

This posture is considered to be a back bending pose; it is on all fours, asymmetric and its difficulty is average.

Some of its applications offer interesting possibilities of delicate and precise action on the vertebral column. Its modified execution combined with vajrâsana is often used as counter-posture for more intense back bending poses.

By Claude Maréchal

SEQUENCE

As an example of application of cakravâkâsana, this simple sequence uses this pose three times in different ways.

By Claude Maréchal 

THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA (3)

This second article about the sequence and its intensity develops the relation between physical effort and the object of attention (bhâvana).

Using an example, it details how to simplify or intensify the physical effort and breathing. This allows the pose to be adapted to the characteristics of the person in order for “stability-comfort” (sthira-sukha) to be experienced.

By Claude Maréchal

PRÂNÂYÂMA (3)

The fundamental techniques of breath control (prânâyâma) are: ujjâyîanuloma ujjâyî, viloma ujjâyînâdî shodhana and shîtalî. These breath exercises aim to balance and concentrate vital energy (prâna) inside the body.

By Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Sylviane Gianina

THE ART OF YOGA OR HOW TO RELEASE ENERGY

How can we consider energy in the framework of the practice and study of yoga? How to apply this to different aspects of life?

By François Laurin

YOGA-SÛTRA I.19 and 20

Yoga leads to extraordinary states of consciousness. Aphorism I.19 gives indications to those people who have already attained those levels, while the next aphorism (I.20) is meant for ordinary people; it describes the necessary qualities for progressing on the path of yoga.

Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya; presentation and explanations by T.K.V. Desikachar 

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UTTHITA TRIKONÂSANA 

This pose includes side bending and twisting. Utthita trikonâsana  is practiced  frequently because of its great potential.

By Bernard Bouanchaud and Frans Moors 

 EQUENCE ANULOMA VILOMA

The same poses can be practiced following a particular order in a sequence and almost the opposite order in another, thanks to their innumerous variations and by controlling the intensity of the effort. Then you can compare the effects of both sequences: it is an interesting experience.

by Claude Maréchal 

THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA (2) 

The choice of the intensity of a sequence allows us to experience poses in a more precise way. The intensity is physical, respiratory and mental. This article presents three different examples of physical effort to illustrate different levels of intensity: light, average and intense. 

by Claude Maréchal 

PRÂNÂYÂMA (2)

Initiation to breathing exercises starts by technical basics and then simple exercises that favor relaxation and concentration. Later there will be more elaborate techniques. When there are bad habits, perhaps it might be necessary to restart again from the beginning. The choice of a sitting position is a most relevant element in this context.

by Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Sylviane Gianina 

YOGA-SÛTRA I.17 and 18

The first chapter of Yoga-Sûtra is mainly about superior states of the psyche; this justifies its name: samâdhi pâda. Patanjali has presented yoga, the different activities of the mind and a means to attain the supreme state. Now he describes two situations of samâdhi.

Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya

Presentation and explanations by T. K. V. Desikachar  

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ÂSANA: DYNAMIC AND STATIC POSES

Some people say that a pose should be static, in order to produce deep and lasting effects. Otherwise, why would yogin have invented poses like pâdangushthâsana and pâdahastâsana which have to be static? Nevertheless, Viniyoga often proposes dynamic exercises. Why? 

by Frans Moors  

APÂNÂSANA 

 Among such a great variety of yoga poses, some are not very spectacular and they are easy to do. Nevertheless they produce effects and they are important for the balance of a sequence. Apânâsana is a commonly used pose of this kind.

by René Deveux

by Frans Moors            ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………2

APÂNÂSANA    Among such a great variety of yoga poses, some are not very spectacular and they are easy to do. Nevertheless they produce effects and they are important for the balance of a sequence. Apânâsana is a commonly used pose of this kind. by René Deveux   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..6

SEQUENCE                Working on a pose for some time is useful in order to fully experience it. Keeping the pose during several breaths allows us to deepen this experience.  However, such exercises have risks and imply gradual progression.
by Claude Maréchal    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….11

THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA             A posture develops its full dimension when harmoniously integrated in a well-coordinated whole: the sequence of âsana.
The way how several âsana are mutually prepared, added and compensated determines the harmony and efficiency of the sequence; this follows certain rules.
In this article we will see the most fundamental ones (vinyâsa krama).
by Claude Maréchal   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..15

PRÂNÂYÂMA         This is the first of a series of articles about breathing techniques in yoga. It is a presentation of prânâyâma based on the teachings of TKV Desikachar. Some articles will be more theoretical or philosophical and others will be more technical or pedagogical.
 (Adapted)
by Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Sylviane Gianina   …………………………………………………………………………………..23

YOGA-SÛTRA                Patanjali defined Yoga and enumerated the different activities of the psyche. Then he described a general method formed by two connected disciplines that allow us to attain the Supreme State.
The first of those disciplines is practice; it was exposed previously. The second is detachment; it is the subject of the aphorisms we will see today.
Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya
Presentation and explanations by T. K. V. Desikachar        ………………………………………………………………………………………………30
ÂSANA: DYNAMIC AND STATIC POSES           Some people say that a pose should be static, in order to produce deep and lasting effects. Otherwise, why would yogin have invented poses like pâdangushthâsana and pâdahastâsana which have to be static? Nevertheless, Viniyoga often proposes dynamic exercises. Why? 
by Frans Moors            ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………2

APÂNÂSANA    Among such a great variety of yoga poses, some are not very spectacular and they are easy to do. Nevertheless they produce effects and they are important for the balance of a sequence. Apânâsana is a commonly used pose of this kind. by René Deveux   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..6

SEQUENCE                Working on a pose for some time is useful in order to fully experience it. Keeping the pose during several breaths allows us to deepen this experience.  However, such exercises have risks and imply gradual progression.
by Claude Maréchal    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….11

THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA             A posture develops its full dimension when harmoniously integrated in a well-coordinated whole: the sequence of âsana.
The way how several âsana are mutually prepared, added and compensated determines the harmony and efficiency of the sequence; this follows certain rules.
In this article we will see the most fundamental ones (vinyâsa krama).
by Claude Maréchal   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..15

PRÂNÂYÂMA         This is the first of a series of articles about breathing techniques in yoga. It is a presentation of prânâyâma based on the teachings of TKV Desikachar. Some articles will be more theoretical or philosophical and others will be more technical or pedagogical.
 (Adapted)
by Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Sylviane Gianina   …………………………………………………………………………………..23

YOGA-SÛTRA                Patanjali defined Yoga and enumerated the different activities of the psyche. Then he described a general method formed by two connected disciplines that allow us to attain the Supreme State.
The first of those disciplines is practice; it was exposed previously. The second is detachment; it is the subject of the aphorisms we will see today.
Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya
Presentation and explanations by T. K. V. Desikachar        ………………………………………………………………………………………………30
ÂSANA: DYNAMIC AND STATIC POSES           Some people say that a pose should be static, in order to produce deep and lasting effects. Otherwise, why would yogin have invented poses like pâdangushthâsana and pâdahastâsana which have to be static? Nevertheless, Viniyoga often proposes dynamic exercises. Why? 
by Frans Moors            ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………2

APÂNÂSANA    Among such a great variety of yoga poses, some are not very spectacular and they are easy to do. Nevertheless they produce effects and they are important for the balance of a sequence. Apânâsana is a commonly used pose of this kind. by René Deveux   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..6

SEQUENCE                Working on a pose for some time is useful in order to fully experience it. Keeping the pose during several breaths allows us to deepen this experience.  However, such exercises have risks and imply gradual progression.
by Claude Maréchal    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….11

THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA             A posture develops its full dimension when harmoniously integrated in a well-coordinated whole: the sequence of âsana.
The way how several âsana are mutually prepared, added and compensated determines the harmony and efficiency of the sequence; this follows certain rules.
In this article we will see the most fundamental ones (vinyâsa krama).
by Claude Maréchal   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..15

PRÂNÂYÂMA         This is the first of a series of articles about breathing techniques in yoga. It is a presentation of prânâyâma based on the teachings of TKV Desikachar. Some articles will be more theoretical or philosophical and others will be more technical or pedagogical.
 (Adapted)
by Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Sylviane Gianina   …………………………………………………………………………………..23

YOGA-SÛTRA                Patanjali defined Yoga and enumerated the different activities of the psyche. Then he described a general method formed by two connected disciplines that allow us to attain the Supreme State.
The first of those disciplines is practice; it was exposed previously. The second is detachment; it is the subject of the aphorisms we will see today.
Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya
Presentation and explanations by T. K. V. Desikachar        ………………………………………………………………………………………………30by Frans Moors
SEQUENCE (pâdahastâsana)
Working on a pose for some time is useful in order to fully experience it. Keeping the pose during several breaths allows us to deepen this experience.  However, such exercises have risks and imply gradual progression.
 
by Claude Maréchal 
 
THE SEQUENCE OF ÂSANA           
 
 A posture develops its full dimension when harmoniously integrated in a well-coordinated whole: the sequence of âsana. The way how several âsana are mutually prepared, added and compensated determines the harmony and efficiency of the sequence; this follows certain rules. In this article we will see the most fundamental ones (vinyâsa krama).
 
 by Claude Maréchal
 
PRÂNÂYÂMA
 
 This is the first of a series of articles about breathing techniques in yoga. It is a presentation of prânâyâma based on the teachings of TKV Desikachar. Some articles will be more theoretical or philosophical and others will be more technical or pedagogical. (Adapted)
 by Claude Maréchal with the collaboration of Sylviane Gianina
 
YOGA-SÛTRA  I.15 and 16
 
 Patanjali defined Yoga and enumerated the different activities of the psyche. Then he described a general method formed by two connected disciplines that allow us to attain the Supreme State. The first of those disciplines is practice; it was exposed previously. The second is detachment; it is the subject of the aphorisms we will see today.

 Comments by Professor T. Krishnamacharya, presentation and explanations by T. K. V. Desikachar
Presentation and explanations by T. K. V. Desikachar 

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UTTÂNÂSANA

We present uttânâsana: a standing forward bending pose.

by Frans Moors

KRIYÂ-YOGA - AN ESSAY

Beyond the practice of âsana and prânâyâma…

by Swami Devanatâh Saraswati

YOGA-SÛTRA  I.12, 13 and 14

 Comments of Professor T. Krishnamacharya on YS.I.12 to 14 presented by TKV Desikachar

VEDIC CHANTING – AN INTRODUCTION

This article presents Vedic chant and its basic rules, as well as some examples. It was written following a seminar with TKV Desikachar (includes table with Sanscrit alphabet)

by Michel Alibert (adapted)

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 BHUJANGÂSANA - the cobra pose

 For the first time we present you a pose lying on the abdomen. This pose is the basis for a series of positions that aim to preserve or increase the tonus of the whole back of the body. All these poses are essential to straighten the back and keep a good posture; as we go through life, the natural tendency of the back is to progressively bend.

by Bernard Bouanchaud, René Deveux, Claude Maréchal, Frans Moors

SEQUENCES

 We hope this sequence stimulates your research. But these sequences are just examples. Your teacher is the most qualified person to undertake this research with you.

by Claude Maréchal

DON’T START WITH HEADSTANDING POSES


BHUJANGÂSANA - the cobra pose                                                                                                                                                     For the first time we present you a pose lying on the abdomen. This pose is the basis for a series of positions that aim to preserve or increase the tonus of the whole back of the body. All these poses are essential to straighten the back and keep a good posture; as we go through life, the natural tendency of the back is to progressively bend forward.                                                                          by Bernard Bouanchaud, René Deveux, Claude Maréchal, Frans Moors…………………………………………………………………………………………….2
This is a matter of logic: isn’t starting with the headstand a little bit like an upside down world?

by T.K.V. Desikachar

BONY AND ARTICULAR STRUCTURES OF THE HUMAN BODY (end)

Pectoral girdle, upper limbs and skull

by Laurence Maman

YOGA-SÛTRA I.7 to 11

Comments of Professor T. Krishnamacharya presented by T. K. V. Desikachar 

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DVIPÂDA PÎTHAM - the two legged table pose   

This easy pose is frequently used in yoga practice. It can be approached by someone with significant physical limitations; but it may also allow someone to have certain deep experiences in prânâyâma and bandha.

By Bernard Bouanchaud

SEQUENCES    

In this article we present a simple, short series of poses as well as some guidelines on how to slightly intensify it after a week of practice.                           

By Claude Maréchal                                                                                                                                   

GO STEP BY STEP    

Again we find the need of a viniyoga in yoga!                                                                                             By T.V.K Desikachar                  

BODY, MIND & HEALTH    

Bony and articular structures of the human body (part II) - pelvic girdle and lower limbs                           By Laurence Maman           

WHAT YOGA GIVES ME…    

I am a 51 year old teacher, born in Reims. Yoga gave me the most marvelous, delightful, divine present: time to live life to the full. It has been not only for some months, nor trimesters, nor some years: it has been twenty two years now.  

By Eliane Drouant 

YOGA -SÛTRA I.5 and 6

Comments of Professor Krishnamacharya on Y.S.I.5 and 6, presented by TKV Desikachar

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(26 pages) 
 

CAUSES OF DISEASE ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA   

The word yoga is used in âyurveda. T. V. Ananthanarayanan explains that yoga may have a particular meaning: the four causes of disease

By T. V. Ananthanarayanan 

SAMASTHITI                                           

This article presents samasthiti, ûrdhva mukha samasthiti and adho mukha samasthiti.

 By Claude Maréchal

DIALOGUES                                        

Desikachar has a meeting with two doctors, Mrs. Latha and Mr. Kumar; they came to see him.

By TVK Desikachar 

BONY AND ARTICULAR STRUCTURES OF THE HUMAN BODY                    

We are going to dedicate two articles to the study of the bony and articular structures of the human body. In this first article, the author essentially describes the vertebral column.

 By Laurence Maman 

FROM AN EARLY AGE                                                                                     

Yoga for children still is controversial in the West. Some people think that this practice may affect the mental and physical development of children. Others are cautious about letting children practice yoga during puberty. In the extreme, some are afraid that yoga may calm children to a point where they would lose interest for their studies.

By T. K. V. Desikachar 

YOGA-SÛTRA I.1 to 4

We are starting to publish the commentary on yoga-sûtra by Professor Krishnamacharya. In the presentation, Desikachar clarifies certain points related to the Sanskrit text written by his father and he answers questions.