The practice of yoga is an art and science, dedicated to creating a union between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga has grown in popularity in the west immensely since the 80s. Yoga’s objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualised beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short, it is about making balance and creating equanimity so as to live in peace, good health, and harmony with the greater whole.
For most, yoga is seen as a form of exercise, though this is only one portion or limb of the yoga practice. Yoga, the art of right living was perfected and practised in India thousands of years ago, and the foundations of yoga philosophy were written down in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, approximately 200 AD.
In brief, the eight limbs, or steps to yoga, are as follows:
Yama: Universal morality
Niyama: Personal observances
Asanas: Body postures
Pranayama: Breathing exercises, and control of prana
Pratyahara: Control of the senses
Dharana: Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
Dhyana: Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
Samadhi: Union with the Divine
Asana is often the first limb which people are exposed to when considering yoga. Why not start today and purchase one of our Banjaara Yoga mats.