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yogani

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Posted - Jul 06 2005 :  3:04:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit yogani's Homepage  Get a Link to this Message
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From: "aypforum" <aypforum@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:51 am
Subject: A Guideline on Discussing Practices

It is hoped that those of you who have familiarity with the AYP
lessons and practices will lend a hand to those who are trying to
find their way.

No doubt there can be many avenues and nuances to building an
effective yoga practice. The AYP practices have been used in many
ways, according to the backgrounds and tendencies of the many people
coming to the lessons. Whatever works for us is what we will
gravitate to. It is natural, and good.

In discussing your practices with newcomers in the forum, please be
sure to point out to them what is from the lessons, and what you
might be doing differently. Then everyone can be working from the
same basic knowledge going forward, and can make the necessary
adjustments according to individual need. The lessons will always be
there, and it should be clear enough to anyone who reads them what is
in AYP, and what is an addition or subtraction. In the end, no matter
what our practice may be, the proof of the pudding will be in the
eating. It is just as it should be. It is the best pudding we are all
after.

We are now at the point where the AYP lessons are sufficiently
developed to support an open forum like this one. At this stage, the
lessons can be a pretty good touchstone, one that will hopefully
provide a sound base for stimulating and productive discussions on
yoga practices and experiences.

If we keep in mind the basic principles of the rise of inner silence
through deep meditation, and the cultivation of ecstatic conductivity
through spinal breathing pranayama and the other advanced yoga
methods discussed in the lessons, we will not wander too far from a
routine of effective, safe practices that can bring us home.

So, while the discussion here will certainly be wide-ranging, as it
should be, it is hoped there will be a central theme tied to the
basic principles of human spiritual transformation discussed in the
lessons. If we wander off that center, let us gently ease back to the
basic principles. A summary of these is given in lesson #204.

In lessons #255 and #256, on teaching yoga practices, a theme
emerged that is now called the "horizontal teaching model." This is
people passing on their practices and experiences to others in
everyday life, as well as in the classroom and yoga studio. With so
many experiencing the rise of inner silence and ecstatic conductivity
around the world these days, it has become much easier to "pass it on"
to those around us who are inclined to take up practices. The AYP
lessons can assist with this, because they represent an integrated
whole of practices that are effective, balanced and safe.

The lessons, by themselves, can inspire and empower people to take up
yoga practices, and they are doing so every day. Add a few real people
who are experiencing the effects of the practices, and you have all you
need for "horizontal teaching."

If every candle can light a few candles, pretty soon, all the candles
will be lit. This is the mathematics of spreading good in an
exponentially expanding way, as discussed in lesson #166, "Pay It
Forward."

May the AYP forum become a catalyst for that.

The guru is in you

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