Is one of the summarized outcomes of a part of Patanjalis Yoga Sutras, called the “Sadhana Pada”, the practice Accomplishment.
In This he gives a clear concept of what yoga practice consists of. There are different translations of the 8 limbs, I will give some information of 3 different references, so finally, this shall help us to understand, what they want to show us.
In short form, the 8 limbs are:
- Yama – Self or moral restraints (dont’s), non self indulgence, about not letting us be dominated by what gives us comfort
- Niyama – Self observances (do’s) appropriate attitude, recommended behaviours
- Asana – Body Posture, awareness of body
Posture (āsanam), (should be) firm (sthira) and agreeable -pleasant- (sukham)||
- Pranayama – Breath in-richment, awareness of breath
- Pratyahara – Withdrawal of the senses from the outside world, sensual energy withdrawal, withdrawal of the attention of objects
- Dharana – Concentration, linking of the attention to the higher concentration forces, awareness of the attention
- Dhyana – Meditation, resting in awareness or effortless linkage of the attention to the higher concentration
- Samadhi – Identification with the pure consciousness, becoming established in this awareness, continuous effortless linkage of the attention
Now begins (atha), the instruction (anuśāsanam), regarding Yoga (yoga)||
Give – Appreciate – Love – Realize
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