Yoga Philosophy – The Eight Limbs: Samadhi

It all comes down to this! We’ve travelled through the Yamas and the Niyamas, taken a look at Asana and Pranayama, which we may be more comfortable and familiar with. We’ve also taken a peek at and explored Pratyahara, Dharna and Dyana. Each of these limbs brings us towards this part of the process. Though Samadhi is often thought of as Savasana, it goes a bit deeper than that. That said, we will start our exploration there!

Full disclosure, as a Yogi (both a teacher and practitioner), folks who leave class prior to savasana baffle me. Savasana ties the entire practice together at all layers of our being, and allows is to take a chance at Samadhi. Samadhi is the space in our practice where we rest the body, the breath, and allow for the mind to have the space to be quiet.

In the Yoga Sutras, it is believed that in these spaces we make the ultimate connections. All the barriers are removed, and we are able to be at peace with all that we are. Now, prior to getting to this space, there are many “false” Samadhis that make us feel that we have reached that point. So many of us have been there, we feel that sense of bliss, that yogic softness that leads us to ask for Yoga Chauffeurs 🙂 Then the next time we do not get there AT ALL! This sense of frustration can lead us to skip the practice, or to use that savasana space to make grocery lists, or worry about something that we said at work.

The courage of Samadhi is that it is a process that takes our participation, and our willingness to try again, even when it is hard. To not feel defeated when we don’t get there. Instead to say, that was an opportunity to come back, to practice that Tapas, that burning drive, and come back to the mat again.

Taking this time to connect with that which is beyond ourselves, and ultimately with our own bliss, is one of the most courageous gifts that we can give ourselves. Enjoy your next space, and see what it has to offer!