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Puck Building, NYC 2001
New York 2001
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This demonstration of Advanced Ashtanga Yoga asanas is given by Sharath Rangasawami in New York City in 2001. The following talk was given by Sri K Pattabhi Jois at the same event.

"Ashtanga Yoga method is universal, it is not mine or yours. That method is perfect, it is complete. Ashtanga Yoga is yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi - these are the eight steps which make up Ashtanga Yoga method. But first you take asana: "āsanaṃ prāṇasaṃrodhaś pratyāhāraś ca dhāraṇām, dhyānaṃ samādhir etāni ṣaḍaṅgāni prakirtita" (
śandilya) upanisads are telling: first you start asana, asanas are your foundation.

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Mind Control
Mysore 1998
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Question: Guruji what is mind control?

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On Practice
France 1991
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These transcripts are a record of public talks given by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in France in August 1991. The questions were asked by Jean Claude Garnier and written down by Gilles Kerviche. Guruji's English is hard to follow at times so I have made some very minor edits to the text and included explanations in parentheses.

These records form part of a larger collection of of questions and answers to Guruji over several years published in French as "Entretiens avec Guruji" (51 pages) and it can be obtained from Jean Claude Garnier for 20 € + mailing costs

Question: Why should we not practice on full and new moon days?


Answer: That day is very difficult day. Two stars one place(conjunction) is going. New moon also, full moon also. That day verydangerous day. You (take) practice (on that day), anyone can have asmall pain starting. That pain is not going very quickly. Long time heis taking. Some broken possible. That is why that day don’t do.
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On Vinyasa
France 1991
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Samedi/Saturday 24.8.91

Guruji: Every asana you take one by one. That is good method. That isreal method. You don’t do asana without vinyasa. You don’t asana. Why?

Without vinyasa you don’t do asana. Why? One part (of body) you bending - you can understand?
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On Disease
France 1991
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Question: Jean Claude is asking if you agree to speak about disease and yoga?

Answer: I telling one day starting that topic. This is 2 types ofdiseases. One that is always coming, one type of disease (chronicdisease).

Some people suffering another type of disease. … now stomach pain iscoming, after some fever is coming, that is called typhoid, is coming.After headache is coming. That is usual diseases. Some doctors whodon’t know method give injections. Oh fever? I will give injections.Injections is given. That disease again reverting is coming.
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Theory/Philosophy
France 1991
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You looking books and photos, you take practice. Very dangerous you can understand?

Niyama that is second step. First step Yama. Second Niyama. You canunderstand? Ashtanga yoga method, first step yama, second niyama, thirdasana, fourth pranayama, fifth pratyahara; sixth dharana, seventhdhyana, last Samadhi. This is eight steps. First step you take yama.Yama means ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, aparigraha. FiveYamahas you can understand.
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On Breathing
France 1991
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Question: While breathing he is keeping the tongue up to the palate. Is it correct or should he change that?

Answer: Don’t change it but close your mouth, that is all. Close yourmouth, tongue which place is going no problem. Close tongue breathingis coming your mouth. That is correct breathing. Your mouth breathing,heart trouble is coming gradually.
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On Teaching
France 1991
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Question: Kailas has a question about teaching, teaching your yogamethod, he wants to start. When you say one can know when he is ready tostart teaching your method. And when to start pushing and pullingpeoples bodies to perfect the asanas. And if somebody has some injuryafter being pushed, what to do then?

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On Asana
France 1991
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Question: why are some asanas coming easily on one side and difficult on the other side?
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On Pranayama, Bandha and Drishti
France 1991
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Question: Yann is asking if you are teaching pranayama.

Answer: According Ashtanga Yoga method, pranayama teaching somedifficult. Difficult means that primary postures and intermediatepostures, asanas are perfect, after advanced postures a sectionperfect. After I will take it teaching pranayama.

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Final Questions
France 1991
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Question: Is it normal to undergo pains because of practice?

Answer: Pain is real. You take practice yes pain is real. All placesblood circulation is very important. One side strong, one side loose.Always any body you take, every body you take, there (is) one side stiff, oneside smooth - (everyone) same.

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