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EIGHT LIMBS OF YOGA
1. Yama or “restraint,” and includes ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (preservation of sexual energy and cultivation of it) an aparigraha (non-covetousness).
2. Niyama – It means “observance,” and includes saucha (purity and cleanliness), samtosa (contentment), tapas (heat/focus/austerity), svadhyaya (study of scriptures and self) and isvara pranidhana (surrender to the divine).
3. Asana – or “posture,” and includes all those asanas we have come to know and love. Asanas are used as a preparation for pranayama and meditation. Certain asanas stimulate the rise of kundalini.
4. Pranayama – It means “restraint of life force/breath,” and includes the pranayama methods we have discussed, plus some we are yet to discuss. Particular kinds of pranayama raise kundalini.
5. Pratyahara – It means “introversion of senses.” Pratyahara is both effect and cause, occurring as kundalini rises and ecstatic experiences draw our attention naturally inward.
6. Dharana – It means “concentration or focus of attention,” and is the first step in taking the mind inward through meditation. The mind will take us inward if we give it the opportunity.
7. Dhyana – or “meditation,” and is the flow of attention inward. It is the expansion of attention beyond any object. In the lessons, the mantra is used as the vehicle for this. We come easily to the mantra, and then the mantra changes and disappears.
Our attention expands, arriving in its natural unattached state – stillness.
8. Samadhi – It means “absorption/transcendence,” and it is what we experience in daily meditation. It expands over time, eventually becoming our natural state of being in daily activity. It is pure bliss consciousness, the inner silent witness.