8 Limbs of Yoga

*Yama: our relationship with the outer world, a list of vows that include non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy and non-coveting
*Niyama: concepts for self-discipline and spiritual purification of mind and body. For example cleanliness, contentment, self-realization, self-study and surrendering to god
*Asana: physical posture or stillness of both mind and body in any position
*Pranayama: practice of controlling the breathe to take control of the prana or the bridge between the mind and the body using breathing techniques
*Pratyahara: turning inward or being secure in who you are that outside forces do not deter you from enlightenment. It connects the outer body to the inner body.
*Dharana: this is concentration or maintaining a state where the mind is not jumping around or racing thoughts are calm
*Dhyana: the stage in which the body and mind become entirely still. This stage is meditation where the body and mind are fully focused and undisturbed by the environment
*Samadhi: pure bliss or no more separateness between mind and body. It is not a permanent stage.

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