Yoga is more than five thousand years old. It is a gift of India to the world. The word "Yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit root Yuj, which means "Union."
In yogic terminology, the union connotes the union of one's soul with the Supreme Soul or the Supreme Power called God. In simple words, Yoga can be delineated as a great method of self-development and self-realization.
An ancient sage, Patanjali, is regarded as the Father of Yoga. He propounded the concept of yoga through his treatise on yoga, named Yoga Sutras. In his Yoga Sutras, he elucidated the eight stages or paths of yoga called Ashtanga Yoga, which is also commonly known as the "Eight Limbs of Yoga."
So, what are the Eight Limbs of Yoga?
1. Yama - Social Behavior
2. Niyama - Inner Discipline
3. Asana - Physical Postures
4. Pranayama - Breath Control
5. Pratyahrya - Disciplines of Senses
6. Dharna - Concentration
7. Dhyana - Meditation
8. Samadhi - Self-Realization
Each of them is as imperative as the rest of them. But nowadays, only Asana and Pranayama are mostly construed as yoga in our modern society, especially in our Western Culture.
~ D. M.
matty Hui, C.HT., C.M.T., MSAOM, D.D.
Matty Hui (a.k.a Lingfei) holds her B.S. degree in Holistic Science and M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Furthermore, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D studies in Eastern and Western Medicine research.
K. Steinborn, C.Ht.
Karrie is a Pranic Healer, a Hypnotherapist, and an ordained minister. She also uses her own life experience to help guide the others through the process of growth and change regardless if it is using hypnosis or energy work.
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