Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lecture Notes - Larry Payne - Yoga and the Healing Sciences

Larry Payne came to talk to my class about Prime of life Yoga last week.

-          Larry Payne says it’s the largest population and the most underserved

-          Just as the body changes for athletes it also changes for practitioners of yoga

-          People come to yoga primarily for stress reduction

-          People also come to yoga to improve circulation, improve flexibility/strength, for will power and concentration and for an overall sense of well-being

Vivekananda was the first person to talk about yoga in America

Swami Sivananda was a medical doctor who gave up his practice to be a monk


Vishnudevananda Saraswati (December 31, 1927 — November 9, 1993) was a disciple of Sivananda Saraswati, and founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams. He established the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course, one of the first yoga teacher training programs in the West. His books The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga (1959) and Meditation and Mantras (1978) established him as an authority on Hatha and Raja yoga. Vishnudevananda was a tireless peace activist who rode in several "peace flights" over places of conflict, including the Berlin Wall prior to German reunification.

Swami Satchitananda

Satchidananda Saraswati (December 22, 1914 – August 19, 2002), born as C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder, was an Indian religious teacher, spiritual master and yoga adept, who gained fame and following in the West during his time in New York. He was the author of many philosophical and spiritual books, including a popular illustrative book on Hatha Yoga. He also founded the international school Satchidananda Jothi Niketan located in Mettupalyam, Tamil Nadu.

Satchidananda came to public attention as the opening speaker[3] at the Woodstock music and arts festival in 1969. Over the years he wrote numerous books and gave hundreds of lectures. He also ordained a number of western disciples into the order of sannyasa. He was the founder of the Integral Yoga Institute and Yogaville in America, and Spiritual Guru of major Hollywood actors and western musicians.[4] and in 1986 opened the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) at Yogaville in Buckingham, Virginia.

Their yoga were one size fits all

Krishnamacharya taught one on one yoga. Larry studies with Krishnamacharya and his son Desichkar.

Albert Franklin

One of Krishnamacharya’s students was Dr. Albert Franklin, who studied the 3,000-year-old discipline for five years while stationed in India as a career diplomat. After the five years of training, Krisnamacharya gave Dr. Franklin a diploma, a string of beads and a command. "You teach!" he told his pupil, and Dr. Franklin took his command to heart. When the University for Man started, Dr. Franklin, then the director of the KSU South Asia Center, volunteered to teach a class in Yoga. The classes have been going strong ever since and now Dr. Franklin has a waiting list of Kansans who would like to learn the mysteries of this ancient Far Eastern discipline. Unlike his mentor, who took students only on a one-to-one basis, Dr. Franklin allows eight students into each class. His lessons are measured in weeks rather than in the years of a traditional Indian yogi. But, as these pictures of one of his classes show, Dr. Franklin's students take to this ancient and alien art with the same fervor shown by the most ardent Indian devotees. The world of T. Krishnamacharya has spread to the wheatfields of Kansas. Yoga, Dr. Franklin believes, improves health, encourages relaxation and teaches the dedicated student the oneness of his own body with the manifest universe. It differs from most Western forms of exercise in that the mind is also involved.

Viniyoga is a yoga style that you teach based on the total package.

A.G. Mohan is another student of Krishnamacharya

A. G. Mohan (born 1945) is a renowned Indian yoga teacher,[2][3] author,[4] and co-founder of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda.[5][6] Mohan is a longtime[7] disciple of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989).[8][9][10][11] Krishnamacharya, best known as the "father of modern yoga," was a legendary yoga master, ayurvedic healer, and scholar of the last century who modernized the practice of yoga and whose students dramatically popularized yoga in the West.

Mohan co-founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram[12][13] in Chennai, India, and was its Honorary Secretary from its inception, in 1976, to 1989. Mohan was also the convener of Sri Krishnamacharya’s centenary celebrations.

Indra Mohan, wife of A. G. Mohan and co-founder of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda, is one of the few people who received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya.[14]

Yoga should be taught

Shiksana – 8 to 40

Rakshana – mid life and beyond

Chikitsa – Yoga Therapy

PNF stretching, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching, is a set of stretching techniques commonly used in clinical environments to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation. The literature regarding PNF has made the technique the optimal stretching method when the aim is to increase range of motion, especially in short-term changes. Generally an active PNF stretch involves a shortening contraction of the opposing muscle to place the target muscle on stretch. This is followed by an isometric contraction of the target muscle. PNF can be used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance.[1] Aside from being safe and time efficient, the dramatic gains in range of motion seen in a short period of time may also promote compliance with the exercise and rehabilitation program.[2]

Isotonic Muscle Contraction

-          Move in and out

-          Move in and down

-          Lenghthening and Widening

Tightening and Relaxing

Dynamic Warm Up

Back pain – When we bend forward too much

Don’t do standing bends, plough, downward dog and too much sitting

Arching is key when you have rounding issues

Bhavana (mind set)

Bhāvanā (Pali;[1] Sanskrit, also bhāvana[2]) literally means "development"[3] or "cultivating"[4] or "producing"[1][2] in the sense of "calling into existence."[5] It is an important concept in Buddhist praxis (Patipatti). The word bhavana normally appears in conjunction with another word forming a compound phrase such as citta-bhavana (the development or cultivation of the heart/mind) or metta-bhavana (the development/cultivation of lovingkindness). When used on its own bhavana signifies 'spiritual cultivation' generally.

When you wake up and go to bed have a affirmation

Yoga meditation has a mantra

Spend time in Nature


Biomechanical re-education

Time helping people

Create a personal program

Personal Practice


Rate 1 to 10 – Did you do your practice, how much water did you drink, and a journal of aha moments.

Carbohydrates are not your friend as you get older

As you age you should eat less

Cryotherapy – The art of ice – Effective way of healing

Yoga Breathing Breaks – Swami Ram Dev is using breathing to heal people

Rest and Relaxation are very important

Magnesium to balance adrenals

½ hour before you go to bed turn off all screens

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