8 Limbs of Yoga
They call them the limbs of yoga because all our limbs grow at the same rate, we should try to apply all of these, at once, or at least try to. If you work on mastering these principles, your lives will improve. You direction will change, you will develop a higher focus.
Asanas- Are yoga postures, they will make you feel healthy, strong, balanced and bring flexibility.
Pranayama- Is breathing that helps control the mind. Feel the breath, pretend you’re gracefully putting air in throughout your whole body. Try making the exhale longer. There are many other breathing techniques you can look into. Pranayama will help you direct your attention.
Pratyahara- This one is about controlling the senses. Its about massive concentration where you block out the senses that would interrupt your focus. Pranayama(breathing that helps control the mind) could be used to achieve pratyahara.
Dharana- The condition in which the mind focuses and concentrates exclusively on one point. After dharana, people step into Dhyana which is contemplation, or meditation.
Dhyana- Is becoming connected with a particular thing. Dharana must precede Dhyana, Dharana is the contact, dhyana is the connection.
Samadhi- When the mind blends and becomes one with the object of meditation. One cannot just practice Dharana, dhyana or Samadhi, one can just make the conditions right, by say, breathing techniques to block out distractions, or Asanas( yoga postures) to allow these things to happen.
Niyama- Personal observances, There are five niyamas to keep in mind.
Sauca- inner and outer cleanliness, a clear mind, and a clean healthy body.
Samtosa- Modesty and a content with what we have. Accept what happens, learn from your mistakes.
Tapas-Keep the body fit, get rid of the rubbish. Eat Healthy. Attention to body posture, attention to eating habits, breathing patterns are all tapas that will help prevent the rubbish within.
Svadhyaya- Is self examination, learn about you.
Isvarapranidhana- Yielding to god, if your not religious, It could mean focus on the quality of the activity instead of focusing on the end result.
Then, Yama… There are five, too! Yama is the attitude we have towards things and people outside ourselves.
Ahimsa- Kindness, friendliness and thoughtful consideration towards others.
Satya- Speaking the Truth
Asteya- Not stealing, or taking advantage of others.
Brahmacarya- The movement towards the essential. Brahmacarya suggestions forming relationships that foster our understanding of the highest truths.
Aparighraha- Taking only what is necessary.
So keep all these, limbs In mind, I’m sure these will improve your life if your f