What are the Eight Limbs of Yoga?
The first limb speaks to the yamas or restraints. This is how we relate to the world and how we play with others.
Ahimsa - non harming, non violence, least harm (to others as well as ourselves)
Satya - truthfulness
Asteya - non stealing, non covetousness
Brahmacharya - moderation in all things, conservation of energy
Aparigraha - non grasping, non hoarding, non possessiveness
The second limb speaks to the niyamas or the observances. This is how we relate to ourselves and play in our inner world.
Shaucha - cleanliness or purity
Santosha - contentment
Tapas - self-discipline
Svadhyaya - self study
Ishvara-pranidhana - celebration of the spiritual
The third limb speaks to the physical postures or the asanas.
The fourth limb speaks to the science of breath and mastering vital energy within ourselves through breath work.
The fifth limb speaks to the withdrawal of the 5 senses. By withdrawing the senses from the external, we turn our attention to our internal senses.
The sixth limb speaks to concentration or focus. The immovable concentration of the mind. Patanjali's Yoga Sutra 1.2 speaks to this as well, Yogas citta vritti nirodha - yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.
The seventh limb speaks to meditation or contemplation.
The eigth limb speaks to bliss, joy, complete connectedness
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