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 All Images and Content Copyright © 2010, Raymond A. Long, MD.
 
 A compilation from A Yoga Blog by Ray Long, MD
 Anatomy for Yoga Tips and Techniques Book 2
DISCLAIMER Always, in your particular case, consult your healthcare provider and obtain full medical clearance before practicing yogaor any other exercise program. Yoga must always be practiced under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor.Practicing under the direct supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor can, but is not guaranteed to, help avoidinjuries. The information provided in this blog, website, books, and other materials is strictly for reference only and is nota substitute for medical advice or direct guidance of a qualified yoga instructor. The author, illustrator and publisher assume no responsibility for injuries that may result from practicing yoga or any other exercise program. The publisher,author, editor, illustrator, and distributor all make no representations or warranties with regards to the completeness or accuracy of this website, any linked websites, books, DVDs, or other products represented herein.
 All Images and Content Copyright © 2010, Raymond A. Long, MD.2
 
Introduction
(T.K.V.
Desikachar’s translation of Yoga Sutra II.36)Patanjali’s
Yoga Sutras
have much practical wisdom that can be directly applied to life. In fact,evolution of a civilization (or its destruction) can usually be traced to
satya
(truthfulness) or 
asatya
(untruthfulness). The same goes for an individual’s personal evolution.
Satya
and
asatya
also have practical benefits and consequences for sustainable design
of 
thepractice and teaching of yoga,
because
truth and theory go hand in hand. Base your teachingon
 
sound theory (
satya
) and the benefits will automatically manifest in your practice. By thesame
 
token, if your theory is based on falsehoods (
asatya
), the benefits won’t manifest. You cansee
 
examples of both
satya
and
asaty a
Satya
is also said to be "that which has no distortion." Relating to yoga instruction, this meansclarity of expression. Precise cues elicit apredictable response.Vague or distorted cues elicit confusion. And no matter what your personal style of communication, you can always benefitfrom knowing the biomechanical basis for what you’re teaching.In my experience, the closer your instructions are to activities that students routinely do or caneasily access, the more likely they will
understand the techniques
and benefit from the session. An example would
 
be a cue for expanding the thorax to deepen the breath. If clearly communicated, this technique
 
will work for most of your students (even if you don’t explain thescience behind it).
 
Understanding the anatomy and biomechanics, however, enables you toanswer students’
 
questions about how the body works
with
direct and credible terminology.Knowing the science
 
behind your instructions builds
self 
-confidence as well as students’confidence in you as a
 
teacher.Yoga works with the body and Western science
has much wisdom about
how the body works.Think of a
 
combination lock in which a sequence of numbers is used to open the lock. The posesand
 
breathing techniques work together in the same way. Combine them properly and the tumblersfall into place; this precipitates a cascade of beneficial physiological and biochemical changes,including an overall sense of well-being.To quote Nicolai Bachman’s translation of 
S
utra II.36: “
When established in truthfulness, onecan be sure of the results of action
.”We hope you enjoy this interactive eBook; it describes a number of scientific techniques, whichare based on sound biomechanical and physiological principles that yield predictable results.Namasté,Ray and Chris
“One who shows a high degree of right communication will not fail in his actions.” 
 Anatomy for Yoga, Tips and Techniques Book 2 - Table of Contentswww.BandhaYoga.com All Images and Content Copyright © 2010, Raymond A. Long, MD.3

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