Yoga is not always an easy or straight path but surely it is a worthwhile path to experience inner freedom.
- Yamas – Dealing with the world around – Non Violence, Truthfulness, Non stealing, Moderation and Non-Covetousness.
- Niyamas – Dealing with oneself – Purity, Contentment, Self Discipline, Self study, Self reflection and Faith in a higher force.
- Asana – Dealing with the body.
- Pranayama – Dealing with breath
- Dharana – Concentration
- Dhyana – Mediation
- Samadhi – The Absolute; Inner freedom
ASHTANGA MARGA IS NOT THE SAME AS ASHTANGA YOGA
ASHTANGA MARGA , THE EIGHT LIMB PATH SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH ASHTANGA YOGA, a style of yoga with a fixed series of asana exercises.
Each limb (particularly the first 5) provides a doorway in, though most individuals start out by practicing asanas. My experience has been that practicing of yamas and niyamas develops gradually through practising asanas. The individual limbs can only be developed slowly. It must be viewed as an ongoing process of continuing development, rather than a quick route to enlightenment. Even if you are never able to get rid of your kleshas (suffering influenced by thoughts and actions), it is a truly a worthwhile path to take.
As well as providing a whole range of positive effects, the practice of yoga is fun and brings pleasure and sensitivity into your life.
GROW AND BE HAPPY!
BY: NEHA WASAN