Do you know the relation between Patanjali and Yoga?
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The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. This art of right living was perfected and practiced in India millenniums ago and the foundations of yoga philosophy were written down in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, approximately 200 AD. This sacred text describes the interior workings of the mind and provides an 8 step blueprint for controlling its uneasiness in order to enjoying lasting peace. Inner cleanness has as much to do with the healthful, free functioning of our bodily organs as with the clarity of our mind. But more important than the physical cleansing of the body is the cleansing of the mind of its disturbing emotions like hatred, passion, anger, lust, greed, delusion and pride.
As we practice asana it fosters a calming of the mind, thus it becomes both a preparation for meditation and a meditation sufficient by itself. At the Yoga Sutra, the practices of pranayama and asana are regarded as the highest form of purification and self discipline for the mind and the body, respectively. This allows a more healthful state to be experienced and allows the mind to become more calm. As the body follows the correct rhythmic patterns of slow deep breathing patterns strengthen the respiratory system, soothe the nerve system and reduce craving. Precisely since the mind is so focused, the senses follow it, it isn’t happening the other way round. In a way, yoga is nothing, but and a process which enables us to stop and look at the processes of our own minds, only in this way can we understand the nature of happiness and unhappiness, and therefore transcend them both.
Patanjalii’s Eight Limb of Yoga:
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Patanjalii describes the eighth limb of yoga as a state of ecstasy, achievable just with much practice and mastery of the first seven limbs. The 8 limbs are presented in a specific order, traditionally one would master the first limbs before they could achieve meditation and enlightenment. These days, one limb isn’t usually considered to be more essential than another, they all work together.
Did you know the philosophy of yoga practice is called the 8 Limbs? The 8 Limbs are a guideline of yogic practice. Surprisingly, only a couple of the 8 limbs actually involving yoga are thought of by the civilized world i.e. On a mat, in a class, stretching and breathing. This text talks about the 8 limbs of yoga, that are actually a guidelines set on the way to live and practice. The objective of the 8 limbs of yoga is to empower you to become aware of yourself as part of the whole’.
The first 6 limbs are things you do, the last 2 limbs are things which happen to you. There are 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas in each limb, whereas all other limbs are singular. It’s more than just lack of violence, it means kindness, friendliness, and thoughtful consideration of other individuals and things. So stop those negative self thoughts.
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Satya: Satya means to speak the truth’. In modern times, it’s thought that it means you should form relationships that promote your understanding of the highest truths.
Practicing brahmacharya implies that you use your sexual energy to regenerate your connection to your spiritual self.
Aparigraha: Aparigraha means you must take only what’s needed. Outer cleanness means keeping your body clean and your life neat and uncluttered.
Dharana: Dharana means Immovable concentration of the mind.
Santosa: Santosa is having a feeling of modesty and the feeling of being happy with what you’ve, it does not mean the absence of ambition.
Isvara pranidhana means the contemplation on the divine in order to become attuned to the natural expression of love in all our relationships. It means focusing the mind on one point, stilling the mind in order to perceive the True Self.
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