This booklet is provided as a comprehensive reference document for maturing Yoga practitioners (sadhakas) who have a firm grounding in asana techniques and are seeking to strengthen their home practice.
It outlines the key philosophical concepts that underpin the practice of Yoga, whilst also providing guidance on how to go about establishing and deepening a home practice over time.
The concept for the booklet can be traced back to Dona Holleman whose books Asana in Photo and Asana Syllabus1 provided a structure for ordering a practice. Her books Yoga Darsana Volumes 1 & 2 are a record of the teachings of BKS Iyengar in the period 1970 –1974. These books were of great use to me in the early 1980s as a guide to practice as well as being an inspiration.
The booklet brings together the Student Study Notes and Led Practice Handouts provided to students enrolled in the Foundation, Developing and Established practitioner programs at Yoga Mandir. These provide guidance to practitioners seeking to start and evolve their home practice. For maturing sadhakas these are useful reference documents enabling review of the concepts, guidelines and sequences they have been exposed to as they have moved through the Yoga Mandir programs.
Further, and aimed specifically at the maturing sadahka, the booklet provides a comprehensive ordering of the key asana groups, including practice approaches within each group. This is designed to help sadhakas cover the range of asana, including restorative sequences, within a weekly practice, providing a comprehensive reference for practice and leaving the individual scope to adjust the daily routine.
The section on pranayama reflects the pranayama syllabus taught at Yoga Mandir, with the appendix including a summary of tables provided in Light on Pranayama by BKS Iyengar. The section on menstruation incorporates content from the Yoga Mandir Women’s Health Program.