Yoga Philosophy: The Eight Limbs of Yoga

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Yoga Philosophy: The Eight Limbs of Yoga

As we wrap up our month of healing we are reminded that healing takes SO many different paths and forms. Today for example, healing was a delicious apple and a chat with a friend, yesterday it was a nap and a walk with the dogs. Of course healing can take on more or less intensity as we are looking to design our own journey to wellness. When we are getting ready to see where we may wish to take our path, we may wish to look to the offerings of yoga for guidance. 

Many of us come to the practice of yoga through asana practice, a practice of moving through postures, hopefully in some connection with the breath. When we see Yoga as demonstrated on instagram, and in magazines, the images we see are of postures (though I understand some of these MAY be hard to capture in a photo 😉

Over the course of the next year or so, we’ll go through our eight limbs of yoga in more detail, and from a new perspective from our last journey, as we’ve all learned some things since then! We may have some exercises to try out, and different explorations to try. A gentle reminder of our Eight Limbs to prepare us for a healing Journey, and to offer some ways to jumpstart a few this month!

  1. Yamas – the don’ts
  2. Niyamas – the do’s. Coupled with the Yamas these are the ethical code of the yogic world. 
  3. Asana – Posture practice. If you haven’t been to a class in awhile, try one out, maybe a new class. 
  4. Pranayama – Breath practice. 
  5. Pratyahara – Withdrawl of the senses – turning inward. 
  6. Dharana – Concentration
  7. Dynana – Meditation- Have you joined our Yearlong Meditation? Grab a card and start logging your time. Even one minute a day. 
  8. Samadhi – Pure Bliss – This is reached in different ways for each of. Maybe a Gong Paradise, or Sound Healing, a Reiki Session, or a nice savasana in a class. There are many ways to get here, give it a go!

We will continue to explore our avenues of healing. Feel free to send us how you have interacted with the eight limbs, and we may incorporate your feedback in a future blog post!