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As many may know, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras lay out the famous Eight Limbs of Yoga. Yogani in this book has shown how AYP includes a broad range of effective practices that cover all of the eight limbs. These practices can be worked on in a self directed way and at a pace that is comfortable for each individual practitioner.
Yogani talks about the five basic principals of the human spiritual transformation, the first being attraction to truth or God expressed as desire (bhakti). Second is purification and opening of our nervous system. Third is the rise of inner silence, fourth is the ecstasy experienced as inner silence increases, and fifth is the union of inner silence and ecstasy.
He explains how the AYP practices use the natural abilities in us to experience these basic principles of spiritual transformation. Two of these of these are: The ability to apply our desire toward our chosen ideal (Bhakti Yoga), and the natural ability of the mind to move beyond itself by refining a thought/sound (mantra) which brings us to inner stillness again and again while purifying the nervous system (Deep Meditation). He covers 12 more of these natural abilities in the book (rise of witness state, kundalini awakening, cultivating and directing energy for higher functions, etc).
The practices include Bhakti Yoga, Deep Meditation, Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Mulabandha, Sambhavi Mudra, Asanas, Siddhasana, Yoni Mudra Kumbhaka, Tantric Sexual Techniques, Kechari Mudra, Uddiyana Bandha, Nauli, Dynamic Jalandhara (chin pump/thokar), Samyama, Spinal Bhastrika Pranayama, Diet and Shatkarma, Amaroli (urine therapy), Self Inquiry (emerging non-duality in daily living), and Karma yoga (rising service to others).
Yogani explains how self directed practices are done. First it is important to have a twice a day routine of sitting practices in place and be active and engaged in the world between the practice sessions. He covers what sequence practices are taken up and what is the sequence of practice to be followed each day (a helpful "practice chart" is included in the book), how to self pace wherein we adjust the practice time and number of practices we do at a time so that our opening and awakening of our nervous system is as smooth as possible. He explains the practices that are used to increase inner silence, like deep meditation and samyama, and the practices that are used to awaken ecstatic energy (kundalini) like pranayama, asanas, mudras, bandhas. The energy merges with the silence to give rise to ecstatic bliss which in turn automatically draw us toward the yamas and niyamas - evolutionary conduct and much peace and joy in daily living.
The days when spiritual teachings used to be kept a secret and handed down only to a select few is no longer practical. AYP believes in horizontal teaching (peer-to-peer) and all of the AYP methods are openly available that way. It is the responsibility of each practitioner to take charge of their own opening. And when the practitioner decides to teach, it is important to encourage people to start from where they are with useful methods suited to them, and not expect students to begin at the end where the teacher may be, a common failing of many spiritual teachers. Other things covered in this book are group meditation, group samyama, retreats, practices for children, enlightenment milestones, fitting practices into a busy life style. There is a lot in this small book!
Yogani did a wonderful job summing up all that AYP covers and is about. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get an idea of the whole picture of what the path to enlightenment entails.