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Thursday, November 3, 2011
8 Limbs of Yoga
[Dear Dr. Schweig, should you ever read this, please know I did my best with the diacritics and will edit as necessary.]
8 LIMBS OF YOGA
Ahimsa – Non-violence
Satya – Truthfulness
Asteya – Non-stealing
Brahmacharya – Celibacy
Aparigraha – Non-greed
Shaucha – Purity
Santosha – Contentment
Tapas – Austerity
Svadhaya – Study of Sacred Texts
Ishvar-Pranidhana – Attunement to Life
Each of the YAMAS & NIYAMAS are sub-divided into three aspects:
For example there are three divisions of ahimsa or non-violence: intellectual non-violence, verbal non-violence, physical non-violence. A behavior begins on the level of thought, to speech then action. The level of mind is where opportunity for awareness begins. The seed of word and action begin there.
Sthira – Stability
Sukham - Comfort
BREATH CONTROL/CONTROL OF PRANA
Prana is the energy of the Universe that is expressed in different forms as mental, vital and physical activity. The breath can be seen as the perfect metaphor for our experience.
Manas (mind or senses), Buddhi (intellect) and Ahamkara (ego) become passive