A little note on the eight limbs. Don't spend a moment trying to understand, trying to intellectualise the following. Generally they start to make sense when you practice. i have included them here in order to flesh out one's understanding, but as Guruji says 'practice and everything is coming'
ASHTANGA YOGA- THE EIGHT LIMBS
- YAMA- self restraint, living by a moral code.
There are five threads of Yama.
Ahimsa- non violence.
Asteya- non stealing
Aparigraha- non greed
Bramacharya- sexual abstinence, perhaps the most challenging of the Yamas
- NIYAMA- Internal practices, self purification. Again five aspects. These are
Tapas- austerites or other practices which burn or reduce the samaskara quotients
Svadhyaya- self study, questioning, scripture reading
Isvara Pranadhana- surrender to the supreme, give up seeking the fruits from your actions
N.B. Nishkama Karma- desireless action
- ASANA- POSTURES
So says the Baghavad Gita ....STHIRAM SUKHAM ASANAM postures should be steady and comfortable. Curiously they should not feel like they’re killing you.
4. PRANAYAMA - breathing according to the requirements of the practice, technically
5. PRATYAHARA -the withdrawing of the senses.
6. DHARANA- concentration
7. DHYANA- meditation
8. SAMADHI- bliss consciousness, a pure state of Being, the Identification of self as Purusha
THIS MAY SEEMLIKE A LOAD OF UNOBTAINABLE TOSH, BUT THEN....
Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah...
..Patanjali explains in the yoga sutras in order to perform ashtanga yoga constant practice with dispassion will stop the mental fluctuations.
Yes as such that boils down to much blood sweat and tears