.The practice of Yoga is dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of themselves as individualised beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. Achieving this union allows one to live in peace, good health and harmony with the unified whole.
2nd. LIMB - Niyama
5 ethics regarding behaviour towards oneself
I. Saucha - Purity of mind and body
II. Santosa - Contentment
III. Tapas - Sustained practice
IV. Svadhyaya - Self study
V. Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrendering one's ego and trusting the self
3rd. LIMB - Asana
The practice of Yoga postures.
4th. LIMB - Pranayama
The practice of breathing exercises.
5th. LIMB - Pratyahara
Withdrawal of the senses so that the exterior world is not a distraction from the interior world within oneself.
6th. LIMB - Dharana
Concentration - meaning the ability to focus on something uninterrupted by external or internal distractions.
7th. LIMB - Dhyana
Meditation - building on Dharana, the concentration is no longer focused on a single thing but is all encompassing.
8th. LIMB - Samadhi
Meditation - building on Dhyana, the transcendence of the self through meditation. The merging of the self with the universe. Often referred to as enlightenment.