The Eight Limbs of Yoga

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The Eight Limbs of Yoga

There is more to hatha yoga than the postures (asana). Enjoy this simple introduction to the Eight Limbs:

 

 

 

 

1.yamas

About boundaries: joyfully & purposefully reining our energies:

ahimsa- non-violence

satya – truthfulness

asteya – non-stealing

brahmacharya – non-indulgence

aparigraha – non-possessiveness

2.niyamas

shaucha – purity, cleanliness

samtosha – contentment with exactly where we are

tapas- austerity, wise effort

svadhyaya – self-study

Ishvara pranidhana – surrender to the divine, universal force, whatever name you give it

3.asana

the physical and meditative postures. “Within a vibrant body the soul can carry a joyful mind.”

4.pranayama

liberating the flow of energy via the breath. the science of the breath. prana=life force, yama=expansion.

5.pratyahara

disentangling our senses, our mind & focusing in towards the soul, the deepest self.

6.dharana

concentration. total, deliberate attention.

7.dhyana

meditation.

The union of taking the deep self outwards into the body, and the peripheral body into the deep self. Divisions fall away.

8.samadhi

the pure state of spiritual absorption: one is fully at peace. the soul diffuses and harmonizes everywhere.

 

Compiled with help from these publications:

Iyengar, B.K.S., 1988 The Tree of Yoga. Shambala Publications, Inc. Boston, MA.

Swami Rama, 2005 “The Royal Road to Freedom.” Yoga International, May: 83 (64-73).

 

 

 

 

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