Dhyana is an ancient practice in both Hindu and Buddhist scripture. From Sanskrit, it can be roughly translated as “deeper awareness of oneness”. Dhyana is often described as meditation and while this is true, it’s a specific type of meditation where the meditator should perceive themselves and the rest of the word (including the objectContinue reading “Dhyana ~ Ashtanga Yoga”
“Just as a tortoise withdraws its limbs, so when a man withdraws his senses from the sense objects, his wisdom becomes steady.” -Bhagavad Gita So far we have covered the external aspects of Yoga: Yamas, Niyamas, Asana and Pranayama. This means that we have reached the stage in Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga where we transition fromContinue reading “Pratyahara ~ Ashtanga Yoga”
Prana is the vital life force which manifests itself as the breath that sustains the body. Through practicing extension of the breath (ayama) we can calm the nervous system and in turn, the mind, preparing ourselves for meditation, or simply the challenges of everyday life! There are endless healing benefits to be gained from correct and consistent practice of Pranayama, with numerous techniques to follow too.
Asana is the most well-known and practiced limb of Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga, usually described as the “physical practice”. In the Yoga Sutras, the Sanskrit word Asana is defined as “a position that is steady and comfortable” and the practice of Asana involves the ability to sit for long periods of time in one posture.
In my last post I spoke about the Yamas, the 5 moral guidelines for behaving towards the outside world. The Niyamas are the second limb of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga and provide us with guidelines on how to behave towards ourselves. Following the Niyamas cultivates self-discipline, inner happiness, integrity and confidence yet humility. 1. Saucha, Self-PurificationContinue reading “The Niyamas ~ Ashtanga Yoga”