For the past while we’ve been looking at each of the eight limbs of yoga. Through this, we’ve learnt how yoga practice can take us on an ever-subtler journey inwards. This starts with how we live our lives (yamas and niyamas), to our bodies (asana), to breath (pranayama), to internal absorption (pratyahara), to concentration (dharana), and then to meditation (dhyana). So here we are at the eighth limb of yoga: samadhi, a state of oneness and liberation. (more…)
If you’ve been following my series of the eight limbs of yoga, you may be aware that I’m rather fond of a good analogy. This article is no different, as we venture into the ever-subtler aspects! Limb six was dharana (concentration), and our seventh limb of dhyana develops our practice further from there.
So we’ve been going through the Eight Limbs of Yoga for the past few weeks. We started with the grossest, or most physical of the limbs, yama and niyama, moved on to asana, pranayama and pratyahara. We’ve also explained why we practice these limbs: to tame that ever-mischievous monkey mind.
According to Wikipedia, “an isolation tank is a lightless, soundproof tank inside which subjects float in salt water at skin temperature. They were first used to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Such tanks are now also used for meditation and relaxation and in alternative medicine. The isolation tank was originally called the sensory deprivation tank.” What does that have to with yoga?! (more…)
Most people learn early in their yoga journey that pranayama, the fourth of the eight limbs of yoga, refers to breathing exercises. This definition works to begin with, but it is not the full story. Let’s unpack some key concepts to paint a more complete picture, shall we? (more…)