Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Pranayama, Pratayaha, Meditation : Updated with links

Playing with the image layering effect I mentioned earlier HERE. Good excuse for a reminder of the pranayama section at the top of the blog (just under the picture).















The following Pranayamas are taken from Ramaswami's other book 'Yoga for the three stages of life'.
126. The Locks ( Bandhas) p250
127. Pratyahara - Sealing the senses p253

Some alternate pranayama and meditation postures from Vinyasa Krama

Virasana

Vajrasana

Padmasana

Siddhasana

Gomukhasana


5 comments:

  1. Grimmly I love this photo. Can I share it on my blog?

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  2. Great picture and links. Lots of good information.

    Have a question that's off the post subject but hoping you can help. Trying to improve backbends and I came across Heather Morton DVD. I know you did a post about it nov 2011 and I watched your YouTube video on the sun salutation variation. My question is about time- how long does Heather hold the poses and counterposes? Okay I'm getting a bit greedy now, I have a few more questions. Does she work repetition like your krama practice? Was there anything in her video that differs from the vinyasa krama sequence for backbends?

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  3. Pictures, videos, text feel free, no copywrite here.try and answer your Heather questions when I get back from Brugge in a couple of days.

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  4. hi dtw, I think you should get the dvd or the download as your sure to find it interesting and useful. She tends to hold the postures for around thirties seconds and the counter, in the sunsalutaion at least for about the same length of time. No she doesn't do repetitions, at least not in the video but she does do several variations of cobra, locust etc. The postures are many of the same ones in VK Bow sequence say but the important thing is how she approaches them, the focus on the pelvis for example and how long she stays in the postures. What she's giving you is an approach to deepening and staying longer in the postures more comfortably and with improved steadiness. Hope that answers your questions somewhat, It's closer to vinyasa Krama than Ashtanga I'd say but beneficial whatever styles you practice back bending in (forward bending too for that matter).

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  5. Of course Anon., sorry for the delay seems your comment ended up in the spam box.

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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