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99% Practice, 1% Theory

Richard Freeman


Many have speculated about what Pattabhi Jois meant by 99% practice, 1% theory; and I suspect he considered this from a number of different viewpoints. To Guruji you couldn’t separate asana from the other limbs of the practice, so certainly he was not only referring to asana as the practice. At the same time, he was very clear in his teaching that the mind—in the form of too much fear, too much analyzing, etc.—can hinder an asana practice. So part of what he intended referred to this; keeping the practice fluid without the interruption of mind wandering (and theorizing) via the joining together of opposite patterns of breath and movement.