Below is some helpful information, and an explanation on the eight limbs of yoga. As you may or may not know your yoga practice is much more than the physical postures (asana). Once you've been on the mat for a while, your practice will start to take on an additional purpose as the principles of yoga become your thoughts, words and actions.
The "Eight Limbs of Yoga" listed below can serve as a guide for living a meaningful and purposeful life.
1. YAMAS are ethical considerations to help guide interactions with others
2. NIYAMAS are practices that inform self-discipline and worldview.
3. ASANA refers to the physical postures practiced in yoga.
4. PRANAYAMA refers to breathing.
5. PRATYAHARA is the practice of withdrawing from external stimuli to enhance internal awareness.
6. DHARANA is the practice of intense concentration.
7. DHYANA is the state of being keenly aware, yet without focus.
8. SAMADHI is a state of ecstasy.
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