Power of Yoga

Eight limbs of classical Yoga

Ashta is the Sanskrit word for "eight". Anga simply means "limb" ... and thus ashtanga means "eight-limbs", referring to the eight limbs of yoga organized by Maharishi Patanjali some 2,000 years ago.

These 8 limbs of yoga encompass all the practices necessary for the sadhaka (yoga student) to gain health and vitality; to cultivate awareness and understanding; to gain insight into the deeper demensions of their self and the Universe around us;
these are the eight limbs of yoga :

  • Yama: social restraints or ethical values.

  • Niyama: personal observance of purity, tolerance, and study.

  • Asana: or physical exercises.

  • Pranayama: breath control or regulation.

  • Pratyahara: sense withdrawal in preparation for meditation (contemplation).

  • Dharana: concentration.

  • Dhyana: meditation.

  • Samadhi: ecstasy.

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