Yoga is a philosophy of life, which also has the potential
to create a vibrantly healthy body and mind.
- Practiced in its correct sequential order, gradually leads
the practitioner to rediscover his or her fullest potential on all levels
of human consciousness - physical, psychological and spiritual. Through
this practice of correct breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama)
, and gazing point (driste)
, we gain control
of the senses and a deep awareness of ourselves. By maintaining this
discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of
body and mind.
means eight limbs. They are described by Patanjali as: Yama
(breath control), Pratyahara
(sense withdrawal), Dharana
(meditation), and Samadhi
(contemplation). These branches support each other. Asana practice must
be established for proper practice of pranayama, and is a key to the
development of the yamas and niyamas. Once these four externally oriented
limbs are firmly rooted, the last four internally oriented limbs will
spontaneously evolve over time.