What Are The 8 Limbs of Yoga?

By , On , In Yogic Wisdom

The 8 limbs of yoga are 8 parts of one system that guide you to live a peaceful life, full of purpose and joy. They teach us how to:

treat others with kindness and respect

care for oneself

refine our physical strength and body awareness

rest our sensory organs & turn our attention inwards

and the steps to meditation

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The 8 limbs are

Yamas {Ethical Practices}
Concepts to restrain from violence, dishonesty, stealing, overindulgence, and possessiveness. In short, how to cultivate genuine peace with others

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Niyamas {Personal Self Care}
Ways to tend to personal inner peace by means of cleanliness, fulfillment, conscious positive change, intention to learn + self study and lastly, faith + humility

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Asana {Body Awareness}
With purposeful movement we build connection between mind + body to refine awareness itself as well as the health of our physical body

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Pranayama {Breath Regulation}
As you regulate and control your breath you simultaneously regulate your thoughts becoming the master of your mind. In addition, you tune into your energetic body to better understand it and skillfully manipulate your energy to your benefit for action or rest

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Pratyahara {Sensory Rest}
As you internalize your attention, your sensory organs rest. This practices also ables you to more easily direct your senses and perceive your surroundings with greater clarity

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Dharana {Choosing a Focus}
Deliberately choose an object or concept to focus your attention

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Dhyana {Devoted Focus}
Hold attention on an object for an extended length of time

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Samadhi {Unified Attention}
As a result of above practices, a moment of oneness with object is felt. The boundaries of where you end and the object begins no longer exist. When this moment ends, the experience of oneness remains. This brings us back to Yamas with a greater sense of connection and compassion for all living creatures

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