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TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners

TSYP provide yoga tuition, training and therapy in the lineage of Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.We are an autonomous organisation in the UK and maintain living links with the teachings through our relationship with the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai.
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners2 days ago
Remembering TKV Desikachar, "Sir"

21 June 1938 to 8 August 2016

“Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.”

― T.K.V. Desikachar
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners2 weeks ago
5-6 September 2020 - CHANTING WEEKEND

Join us ONLINE to learn about Patañjali's YOGA SŪTRA, Chapters 1 & 2

Find out more form TSYP's website by clicking on the link or photo below.!event/2020/9/5/online-vedic-chant-workshop-on-the-yoga-s-363-tra-swith-radha-sundararajan
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners3 weeks ago



- Frans Moors (author of LIBERATING ISOLATION: The Yogasūtra of Patañjali); and

- Simone Tempelhof
- Helena Del Pino
- Andy Curtis-Payne

For more information, check out the TSYP's website by clicking on the photo or link below.!event/2020/11/13/tsyp-online-annual-gathering-parinama
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners4 weeks ago
Śabda Brahman – A Universe Connected By Sound | Exploring How And Why Chants Work And The Integration Of Chants In Practices Of Yoga (A KYM Online Intensive)

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TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners1 month ago
Fiona Ashdown shared these thoughts recently:

"During my yoga therapy course I did two month-long internships at the KYM and observed many 1-to-1 classes being given by the teachers there. Many clients had breathing difficulties, including asthma due to the air pollution in Chennai.

I also attended many lectures with Dr N.C [N Chandrasekaran], who was head of therapy at KYM at the time, and was very lucky to sit in on many of his 1-to-1 sessions. He talked about the physics of breathing and how, if you restrict one end of the tube (the nostrils), the other end (the bronchioles) would open up. There is a scientific name for this process: the Venturi effect.

So alternate nostril breathing, particularly nāḍī śodhana and restricted nostril breathing where you partially close both nostrils, were given to people with asthma, even during an attack if they could manage it. Obviously, the more familiar one is with these techniques, the easier they are to use when you are breathless. I have used both of these several times a day in 12 breath cycles, and find they really help with breathlessness. We were taught that strong ujjāyī should be avoided, as it could aggravate the throat if there was a cough. Also, the use of sound orally can trigger a cough. In this case, mental sound or chanting can be used instead.

Classically, nāḍī śodhana means to cleanse and purify the energy channels and used with a breath ratio such as 1-1-1-1 (build up to this) is very effective. The ancients knew their stuff! The inhale brings air to the fire, the antaḥ kumbakha (hold after inhale, A.K.) holds it there and makes it burn more brightly. The exhale brings the dirt (covid 19!) to the fire and the bāhya kumbakha (hold after exhale, B.K.) burns the dirt by holding it in the fire!

You could also use nāḍī śodhana with the gāyatrī mantraḥ. Sir [i.e. TKV Desikachar] taught this, chanting the mantra silently and dividing it up into the portions of the breath. For a more calming effect, keep the inhale free and chant the mantra silently on the exhale.

I find mantra very steadying for the mind. In fact, the word means protection for the mind and I have been using the full version of the Om hram (sūryanamaskāra mantraḥ) chant for disease cleansing!

Thinking of you all and wishing you well… and always breathe through your nose!"

- Fiona Ashdown.

[Originally published on the TSYP website in 2020; Image by adrian schüpbach from Pixabay]
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners
TSYP:The Society of Yoga Practitioners1 month ago
The value of having your own practice cannot be underestimated. There is no substitute for working with your own teacher on a practice that supports you and addresses your needs. TKV Desikachar, in an online interview with Rajiv Mehrotra, was asked why he did not address large audiences and preferred to work with people individually. His answer was that he could impart information to large audiences but that he needed to work one-to-one to effect transformation. And yoga is a tool for personal transformation. So in that context, many of us already have our own practices, given to us by our teachers.
However, it is always special to be taught, and interesting to sample something different. At the moment there are many classes out there online, but if you have had enough of the internet how can you sample a class?
Andy Curtis-Payne has kindly kindly drafted two practices for us, and these can be found on the TSYP website:
It goes without saying, but is nonetheless crucial to remember: you must practise with care and attention.

Image by Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay