We’ve made it to the 8th stage of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga! If you haven’t followed along with the previous 7 articles, you can find them under the ‘Learn’ category on my website. The final limb of Yoga is Samadhi. You’ll notice that as we move through the stages of Yoga, each one becomes less physicalContinue reading “Samadhi ~ Ashtanga Yoga”
My previous post introduced the 8 Limbs of Yoga, a pathway derived by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Now we’re going to explore the first part of Ashtanga Yoga – the Yamas. It can be confusing to learn that Asana is not the first but the third step, since the physical postures are so oftenContinue reading “Ashtanga Yoga ~ The Yamas”
‘Yoga is the cessation of the thoughts in the mind’. This is the essence of what Yoga can help us to achieve – freedom from the desires that draw us away from our natural state of peace.
“Practice all activities from when you wake up until you sleep- talking, walking, eating, everything- with awareness of the mind. The first time is very difficult but when we practice everyday, the mind goes inside. When it stays in the body, the mind is more pure, more bright and can see more.” Luang Pe AkContinue reading “Meditation Advice from a Buddhist Monk”
Meditation does not have to mean clearing your mind of all thoughts. There are many other techniques, often involving an object of focus to which you bring all of your attention. The object of focus tends to fall under one of the following categories. BreathObserving your natural pattern of breathing. SensoryExamples include candle gazing (trāṭaka),Continue reading “Types of Meditation”