The Principles of Andiappan Yoga Tradition

Nov 3rd, 2017

A therapeutic approach to Yoga based on the classical yogic text “Thirumandiram by Thirumoolar”

Every day, we can experience and learn new things about our body and mind through our practice. Many times we are preoccupied with the external appearance of the pose or we are simply not aware of it. With regular practice of Pranayama, we can experience this state and improve its quality.

The one who can wait will find all his questions answered at the right moment. But waiting is a great quality: it is deep patience, it is great trust.

Don’t get mentally stuck into different “styles” of Yoga or different names of postures. All Yoga has evolved from the same place, the same practice; acknowledge that to remove limits from your understanding.

Yoga is a practice of preparation. Once you have established a disciplined practice of preparing your body, breath and spirit, the poses will naturally come to you.

Give importance to your pranayama practice. Being able to control your breath gives you the ability to calm your nervous system and induce relaxation. This is useful in your Yoga practice and in daily life.

Commit yourself to the practice of Yoga; do not attach yourself to goals or achievements in the practice. Understand the progress and accept it.

A sincere Yoga practitioner can go beyond the mind and connect deep within themselves, understanding how everything relates. Our mind is only a tool used to begin the process.

Teaching becomes a mechanical process when you are teaching many hours per day. Teaching Yoga is not merely done for satisfaction, it is done out of selfless passion to share. Make it precious to you and your students.

Don’t expect miracles to happen in your Yoga practice. The miracle occurred the day that you started the practice. Simply accept and enjoy the process and analyse the changes within yourself.

Yoga is not to be experienced once for a finite amount of time. You are constantly “experiencing” the process throughout the journey. It does not end – it only transforms to another level, so just keep experiencing.


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