THE EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA


YAMA has to do with ethics, integrity and how we practice yoga off our mat. The 5 yamas are non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence and non-hoarding.

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NIYAMA has to do with self-discipline and spiritual practices. The 5 niyamas are cleanliness, contentment, spiritual purification, study of sacred texts and devotion to one's higher power.

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ASANA is the physical posture. Through asana we eliminate toxins, dissolve tensions and build strength while increasing mobility and circulation.

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PRANAYAMA is the expansion of life force through breathing exercises. Breath control leads to mind control.

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PRATYAHARA is withdrawing of the 5 senses. We turn our senses off so that we may turn from the outer world and experience the inner domain of the mind.

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DHARANA is focus or concentration, keeping your mind steady. Focus is like a muscle on the body, the more you use it the stronger it becomes.

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DHYANA is meditation or total absorption into the object upon that which is being focused on. In dhyana we dissolve separateness and experience the deep river of peace.

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SAMADHI is absolute, ecstatic transcendence moving beyond time, form and space. It's the goal of all yoga and the supreme state of consciousness.


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