In yoga philosophy the components of yoga practice are summarised in 8 principles called the limbs of yoga.
This week subject is a brief introduction to these principles and over the coming’ weeks we will be visiting each limb in more details.
Get to Know the Eight Limbs of Yoga
Patanjali’s eight-fold path offers guidelines for a meaningful and purposeful life. Delve into this prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline.
These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one’s health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.
- Yama, our attitudes toward our environment
- Niyama, our attitudes toward ourselves
- Āsana, the practice of body exercises
- Prāṇāyāma, the practice of breathing exercises
- Pratyāhāra, the restraint of our senses
- Dhārāna, the ability to direct our minds
- Dhyāna, the ability to develop interactions with what we seek to understand
- Samādhi, complete integration with the object to be understood
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