In Patanjali’s Eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, the second limb (Niyama) discusses freedom from all observances. Some of the greatest shackles of our minds lie in our experiences and perceptions of the physical world – how we perceive our bodies, emotions, and challenges in life – and how we let
One of my key recent learnings has been Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. The Eight Limbs are: Yama (Restraints) Niyama (Observances) Asana (Posture) Pranayama (Breath Control) Pratyahara (Withdrawal of the Senses) Dharana (Concentration) Dhyana (Meditation) Samadhi (Pure Contemplation) Each limb provides useful guidance on its own, but collectively they provide
Love had been a topic that we’ve been discussing quite often. I remember when Master Sree said for the first time that pure love is self-love I didn’t agree. It sounded too selfish, but I kept thinking about it, and my conclusion is that self-love is a base, a starting
If you really want to get a sense of how old Yoga is look at the sutras of Pantanjali. The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali which are the foundational text of classical yoga philosophy are around 2000 years old. They fell into relative obscurity for nearly 700 years from the 12th
Yoga is beyond asanas. According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, there is an eight-fold path leading to liberation, known as the ‘Ashtanga Yoga System’ or ‘8 Limbs of Yoga’.
You must be wondering, how this small, adorable little creature could have helped me in understanding profound Yoga philosophy concepts. Yet, the beautiful thing is also that the path of knowing is subjective to the individual and how each theory is contextualized in the lives of the students. In mine,
Yoga Sutras describes the way of overcoming the afflictions of the body and fluctuations of the mind: the obstacles to spiritual development. The following summary is based on 5 sutras from each chapter. Chapter 1: Samadhi Pada-On Contemplation Verse 1: atha yoganusasanam Now, seems to be the key word in this verse.