“Priests & nuns would make great flying sorcerers if someone would tell them that they can do it.”
Carlos Castaneda

The Second Ring of Power

The Yoga Book

What follows is an evolving and changing reading guide to the growing repository of Yoga articles on this website. It seems to me that these articles deserved at least one other arrangment to accompany the default time-line arrangement that is typical of blogs. You can view them in their original timeline by choosing a category in the side navigation menu.

Introduction

  1. It’s not Yoga, It’s You
  2. Yoga Will Not Deliver
  3. How We See
  4. Inside First
  5. Conflict is Inside
  6. What is Yoga?
  7. Paul Harvey Interview – What is Yoga?
  8. Proteins & Prayers
  9. What is Arjuna’s Problem?
  10. Atha Yoga
  11. Body Knows
  12. Beyond Flavors of Yoga
  13. Student & Teacher
  14. Yoga in Phases of Life
  15. Modes of Practice
  16. Mind to Heart & Beyond
  17. Gross to Subtle

Getting Started

  1. First Steps in Yoga
  2. How to Recognize a Yoga Teacher?
  3. A Place for Yoga
  4. What is There Now?
  5. Learning Curves
  6. Recess, Progress, Excess

Off-The-Mat

  1. The Morning After
  2. I Should Have
  3. Tapas & Relationships
  4. Obviously Not Present
  5. Subtly Not Present
  6. Limitations

Physics of Yoga

  1. Quality vs. Quantity
  2. Fire
  3. Nadi
  4. Chakras
  5. Playing with Fire
  6. Kundalini
  7. Prana

Metaphysics of Yoga

  1. Motivation
  2. Yoga for a Murky Mind
  3. What Shines Through?
  4. Heart of Matter
    1. Purification by Fire
    2. Making Fire
    3. Constitution
    4. Manipulating Fire
  5. Asana & Pranayama: An Energy Process

Subtle Teachings

  1. Waiting
  2. Ahimsa
  3. Samskara

Breathing & Movement

  1. Natural Breathing
  2. Ujjayi Breathing
  3. Breath & Movement
  4. Locational Breathing
  5. Locational Breathing & Movement
  6. Directional Breathing
  7. Movement Inside Breath
  8. Anatomy of the Torso
  9. Directional Breathing & Movement
  10. Directional Breathing & Forward Bends
  11. Intent – Breath – Movement

Advanced Breathing & Pranayama

  1. Anatomy of Breathing
    1. A Change in Breath
    2. Four Parts of the Breath
    3. Timing & Counting Breaths
    4. A Sample Breathing Practice
    5. A Refreshing Breathing Practice
    6. 3 Keys to Starting a Pranayama Practice
    7. How to End a Pranayama Practice
  2. Breathing Techniques
    1. Just Ujjayi
    2. Nostril Control
    3. Anuloma Ujjayi
    4. Viloma Ujjayi
    5. Pratiloma Ujjayi
    6. Nadi Sodhana
  3. On Breathing
    1. Quality Trumps Quantity
    2. Pranayama with Blocked Nasal Passages
    3. Pranayama before Kriya
    4. Life Extension

Meditation

  1. Pranayama Prepares Mind for Meditation
  2. Movement After Meditation
  3. Mind Friend Heart

Yoga in My Life

  1. A Faith Facility
  2. How FEM Happened – Faith & Fear
  3. Playing Myself
  4. Tea Leaf Meditation
  5. Flat Sensations
  6. One Life Force
  7. Meditation on Sabbath
  8. More & More Subtle
  9. Not Quite There
  10. Tears
  11. Pranayama Exposes Mind
  12. Pranayama Exposes Beyond Mind
  13. Not Doing
  14. Changes in Energy
  15. Failing
  16. Life Currents
  17. Cucumbers & Shakuhachi, Doubt & Faith
  18. Emptiness
  19. 4 Days of Yoga – Shifting Energy
  20. Arjuna & Me
  21. Preparing for Practice
  22. Indulging in Discipline
  23. Do You Remember?

Pranayama in My Life

  1. Welcome to Pranayama Journal
  2. Observing: August 2010
  3. What’s Hapenning on my Left?
  4. Observing: Septermber 2010
  5. Change in Morning Practice – Surrender?
  6. Refinment, Chaos & Sound
  7. Not Changing my Pranayama
  8. Recovering with Pranayama: Flow, Space, Ease

Teachers, Students, Teachings

  1. Yoga One-on-One
  2. Wait for the Student to Ask
  3. A Teaching Model
  4. Sound & Silence

Yoga Sutra

  1. Low Down Yoga Sutra – Chapter 1: Clarity
    1. I.1 – Linking
    2. I.17
    3. I.20
  2. Chapter 2: Practice
    1. II.29 – Ashtanga
    2. II.31 – Trim Tabs
    3. II.46 – Correct Effort
  3. Chapter 3
    1. III.6 – Gradual Development
  4. Chapter 4
    1. IV.34 – Freedom

Yoga Rahasaya

  1. Introduction of Yoga Rahasaya

Chanting

  1. Mahavakya
  2. Panca Maya

Physicality of Yoga

  1. Basics
    1. Wanting to Practice
    2. Yoga Readiness – Getting on the Mat
    3. A Yoga Sequence for Everyone
    4. Getting Back to Practice
    5. Correct Effort in Asana
    6. Bend Your Knees
    7. Soft Movement
    8. Inhale Open, Exhale Close
    9. Neck Placement
    10. Arm Placement
    11. Jihva Bandha – Tongue Lock
    12. Sitting
    13. Pratikirayasana: Counter-postures
    14. Know Your Pulse
    15. Twitching
    16. Intensity
  2. Communicating Yoga Practices
    1. Drawings
    2. Breath & Repetition
    3. Sequences
    4. Alternating
  3. Asana
    1. Savasana (corpse posture)
    2. Apanasana (knees to chest)
    3. Dvipada Pitham (two foot support)
    4. Urdhva Prasrita (upper raised legs)
    5. Cakravakasana (cat posture)
    6. Twists
  4. Observing in Asana
    1. Integration through Assymetric Postures
  5. Advanced Breathing in Asana
    1. Breathing Formulas in Asana
    2. Alchemy of Breathing in Asana
    3. Breath & Heat in Asana

Philosophical Settings

  1. Yoga – Philosophical Roots
  2. Nyaya – Introduction & Right Knowledge
  3. Nyaya – Doubt to Confutation
  4. Nyaya – Preventing Error
  5. Vaisesika – Introduction
  6. Vaisesika – Paramanus
  7. Vaisesika – Ether, Time, Space
  8. Vaisesika – Soul & Mind
  9. Samkhya – Introduction
  10. Samkhya – Spirit & Matter (3 Gunas)
  11. Samkhya – Evolvents & Evolutes
  12. Yoga – What is Human?
  13. Yoga – Gunas, Mind & Body
  14. Mimamsa – Right Action
  15. Vedanta – First Motion
  16. Kasmir Saivism – Introduction
  17. Kasmir Saivism – Tattvas

Healing Applications

  1. Yoga & Therapy: Degenracy in Yoga
  2. Depression

Resources

  1. Books
    1. Yoga for Everybody
  2. Websites

Undecided

  1. Action vs. Thought
  2. Static Quality – Stuff of Life
  3. Strong Undercurrents
  4. Writing About Yoga
  5. A Political Headstand
  6. Yoga & Design
  7. Yoga Asana Practices meet WordPress & HTML
  8. World of War
  9. A Loust but Illustrated Samasthiti
  10. A Good and Illustrated Samasthiti
  11. Franky Strikes a First Pose
  12. Seeing Energy in Markets
  13. Mandate of Infinite Variety