Peaceful Yoga by Sarah

THE EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA

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Practice the yamas and the niyamas...When you pick one petal from the garland of yamas and niyamas the entire garland will follow”
 - -Swami Sri Kripalvanandaji

  LIMB #1 Yamas: restraints

  1. ahimsa---non-violence

  2. satya----truth

  3. asteya---non stealing (energy counts too!!! don't take from someones experience!)

  4. brahmacharya--- moderation

  5. Aparahraha- non posessiveness

  LIMB #2 Niyamas: Observances

  1. saucha---purity ( in thoughts, words, actions, habits, legacy)

  2. santosh---contentment

  3. tapas---discipline (remember what you want and act accordingly)

  4. swadhyaya---study (always refine, never arrive)

  5. Ishvar pranidhana--- surrender (let it be)
 LIMB #3 Asana:

Popular Definitions; posture, seat, steady pose, body postures, unites mind and body,

To me:
A way to program conditional responses, a way to honor the divine for my body, a solid example of the importance of the breaths relationship with  mind and body, a practice that teaches self respect and intelligent movement.


ultimately in each asana we want to relax through the difficulty and find that place within ourselves that is perfect well being itself.”- Walt Baptiste”

everything we seek is already within ourselves”

  LIMB #4 Pranayama:

Popular Definitions:
Science of Prana, Vital energy, breath, breath control, proceeds the asanas in the path to enlightenment
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To me:
 A good way to experience purification, unity, refinement and Pratiahara. Wonderful to understand how to calm the nervous system, reducing stress.


"The patterns strengthen the respiratory system, soothe the nervous system and reduce craving. As desires and cravings diminish, the mind is set free and becomes a fit vehicle for concentration”

  LIMB #5 Pratyahara

Popular Definitions: Control of the senses, sense withdrawal, refinement of the senses.

To me:

I know that we are a society that is driven by stimulation. When we become dependent on this It creates a block between our selves  and our true nature. We must have control of our sense, not the other way around. When we “ turn the mirror inward” we and no longer depend on external satisfactions. We can think, speak, and act in a way which serves ourselves no longer attached to suppressing or heightening sensations.


we must be the change we wish to see in the world”

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

  LIMB #6 Dharana:

popular definitions:
 concentration, focusing of attention, concentration of the mind, concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness.


To me:

Teaching your mind to be single pointed. The objective is to steady the mind.
Preparing it for deeper concentration and a clear perception.

all restrained and all these faculties are offered to the Lord for his use and his service. Here there is no feeling of I and mine.”

  LIMB #7 Dhyana;

popular definitions:

Devotion, meditation on the Divine, meditation.


To me:
Once the mind is settled we are able to sit with our essential nature offering our mind to essential goodness. I use it as my second prayer practice (first I talk, then in dhyana I listen)


It can be reached by a constant inquiry into the nature of things”

meditation becomes our tool to see things clearly and perceive reality beyond the illusions hat cloud our mind”

marks the shift from the effort work of concentration to the effortless flow state of meditation. “ 

LIMB #8
Samadahi

Popular definitions:
 union with the divine, total consciousness, bliss, the settled mind, super conscious state.


To me: Having a sense of grace through the attitude of kindness and gratitude.
 Reflecting a complete understanding of unity.

  1. in practice
  2. in our world
    Then, the unbounded self overflows”
he whose self is established in yoga whose vision everywhere is even sees himself in all beings and all beings in himself”