Ashtanga Yoga is often thought of as a purely physical practice but asana (physical postures) is just one of the 8 limbs of yoga. This and the other 7 ‘limbs’ basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a map for moral and ethical conduct and self discipline directing attention toward your health and spiritual well being. 

The translation of Ashtanga yoga is eight (Ashto) limbs (anga). The renowned Indian sage  Patanjali, writing more than 2000 years ago, assigns eight limbs to the tree of yoga — each stage being a stage or step along the path to realisation.THE EIGHT LIMBS

 

1.THE YAMAS

2.NIYAMAS

3. ASANA

4. PRANAYAMA

5. PRATYAHARA

6. DHARANA

7. DHYANA

8. SAMADHI

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