T-Ph03 Kiyayoga

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The practice of Kriyayoga is given by Patanjali in the second chapter for students of moderate means. This practical approach helps us transcend our volatile nature and enter the present moment through practice.

In ‘Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’, Iyengar says:

‘The conjunction of effort, concentration, and balance in asana forces us to live intensely in the present moment, a rare experience in modern life. This actuality, or being in the present, has both a strengthening and cleansing effect: physically in the rejection of disease, mentally by ridding our minds of stagnated thoughts or prejudices; and, on a very high level where perception and action become one, by teaching us instantaneous correct action; that is to say, action which does not produce reaction. On that level we may also expunge the residual effects of past actions’.

Iyengar BKS, Light on Yoga Sutras

Kriyayoga is made up of application (Tapas), self-study (Swadhyaya) and surrender (Isvara Pranidhana). This subject explores the Kriya and its significance within our system of practice.

The subject contains articles, videos and quotes. It is advisable to not rush through our subjects consuming the content quickly: apply a reflective mode where you might read an article prior to or immediately after practice. Where quotes are used they are often accompanied by an extract of the text. Look up other quotes used (as they often have the source and page noted) and read a fuller portion of the text. You might consider covering one part of the subject each week. Access to T-Ph03 is for 10 weeks.