“The eight limbs of yoga are yama (abstentions), niyama (observances), asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption).”
“The five yamas are non-harming, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-covetousness.”
“The five niyamas are purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender to the divine.”
“Asana is a steady and comfortable pose.”
“Pranayama is the regulation of the incoming and outgoing flow of breath.”
“Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the senses from the objects of the senses.”
“Dharana is the one-pointed focus of the mind.”
“Dhyana is the uninterrupted flow of concentration.”
“Samadhi is the complete identification of the self with the object of meditation.”Patanjali, Yoga Sutras
- Understanding the different types of yoga and their benefits: from the physical challenges of Ashtanga to the spiritual insights of Kundalini
- Learning proper alignment and breath control in postures (asanas): the foundation of a safe and effective practice
- Using props and modifications to make your practice accessible and safe: adapting your practice to your unique body and abilities
As you embark on your journey of self-realization through the practice of yoga, it is important to understand the different types of yoga and their unique benefits. From the physical challenges of Ashtanga to the spiritual insights of Kundalini, there is a wide range of approaches and teachings to choose from.
But how do you know which type is right for you, and what are the key differences between them? How do you balance the physical and spiritual aspects of your practice, and how do you integrate them into a cohesive whole? These are questions that we will explore as we help you understand the different types of yoga and their benefits.
In order to get the most out of your practice, it is essential to learn proper alignment and breath control in the asanas. But what exactly is proper alignment, and how do you achieve it? How do you coordinate your breath with your movement, and how does this affect your practice?
And how do you adapt your practice to your unique body and abilities, using props and modifications to make it safe and effective? These are questions that we will delve into as we help you learn the basics of yoga.
By understanding the different types of yoga and learning proper alignment and breath control, you will be well on your way to a safe and effective practice. But how do you stay motivated and committed to your practice, and how do you continue to grow and evolve as a yogi?
These are questions that we will address as we help you progress in your practice and unfold the secrets of the asanas.