The Eight Limbs of Yoga
There is more to hatha yoga than the postures (asana). Enjoy this simple introduction to the Eight Limbs:
About boundaries: joyfully & purposefully reining our energies:
satya – truthfulness
asteya – non-stealing
brahmacharya – non-indulgence
aparigraha – non-possessiveness
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
the physical and meditative postures. “Within a vibrant body the soul can carry a joyful mind.”
liberating the flow of energy via the breath. the science of the breath. prana=life force, yama=expansion.
disentangling our senses, our mind & focusing in towards the soul, the deepest self.
concentration. total, deliberate attention.
The union of taking the deep self outwards into the body, and the peripheral body into the deep self. Divisions fall away.
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).