Category: Eight Limbs of Yoga

8 Limbs of Yoga: Pranayama, breath control: about and how to

Guide to the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Pranayama: breathing

Pranayama is the 4th of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Pranayama means breath control or breath expansion.  Prana means life force or vital energy.  Yama means control or code of conduct.  Actually, pranayama is a combination of prana and ayama.  Ayama means expansion so pranayama is a way to expand your vital energy and vibrate […]

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Guide to Understanding the 8 Limbs of Yoga

Guide to the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Asana: history, theory and philosophy

The third and most well-known limb of the 8 limbs of yoga is asana.  This means all of those yoga poses—the physical practice of making all of those shapes with your body.  In the West, asana often is yoga.  We sometimes forget about the other 7 branches. When yoga first started, about 5000 years ago, […]

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Guide to Understanding the 8 limbs of Yoga

Guide to the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Niyamas: how to incorporate them into your life

The first of the 8 limbs of yoga, the Yamas, have to do with the way we behave in the world.  The second limb are the Niyamas, which deal with the way that we that we treat ourselves; how we behave in relationship to personal actions and outlooks.  There are 5 Niyamas. Saucha is translated […]

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Guide to Understanding the 8 limbs of Yoga

Guide to the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Yamas: how to implement them in your life

In modern Western Yoga, we tend to focus on the physical side of yoga, mostly practicing the yoga poses, or asanas.  But the asanas are actually fairly new to the practice of yoga AND they’re only one of the eight (ashta) limbs (anga).  In other words, there’s a lot more to think about when we […]

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