CPD Course: Ashtanga Yoga: The 8 Limbs of Yoga

$72.00

Ashtanga Yoga refers to the 8 limbs of yoga, and BKS Iyengar describes their relationship in the following way “…yoga is divided into three parts. Yama and niyama are one part. Asana, pranayama and pratyahara are the second part. Dharana, dhyana and samadhi are the third part”.

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‘Patanjali’s set of practices is parallel to the eight-limbed path of early Buddhism. In both yoga and Buddhism, this set of practices is crucial to the realization of spiritual freedom. The Buddhist eight-limbed path comprises right views, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right contemplation. Several of these are also central elements in Patanjali’s practice: right conduct encompasses moral principles and observances, right mindfulness includes breath control and withdrawal of the senses, and right contemplation is equivalent to pure contemplation (samadhi)’.

Ashtanga Yoga refers to the 8 limbs of yoga, and BKS Iyengar describes their relationship in the following way “…yoga is divided into three parts. Yama and niyama are one part. Asana, pranayama and pratyahara are the second part. Dharana, dhyana and samadhi are the third part”.