“Yoga is not just about going to a 90 min class.
It’s a constant practice and internal journey through life,
to become one with yourself.” – Madeleine Uggla
The word yoga means “union”, referring to combining your mind with the physical body. You are practicing it to calm your mind, by holding a present focus and release any limitations in the body.
Yoga can be practiced in different ways, ranging from a physical flow yoga with music to a sedentary breathing exercise in silence. An important factor in practice is the breathing, which allows the body to heal by a more energetic respiration. It’s said, according to Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, the eightfold path are eight steps that basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
The Eight Limps of Yoga
Yama – Moral codes (5)
Ahimsa – non-violence
Satya – truthfulness
Asteya – non-stealing
Bramashayra – sexual restraint
Aparigraha – non-possessiveness
Niyama – Personal behavior (5)
Saucha – purity
Santocha – contentment
Tapas – dicipline
Svadyaya – self-study / spiritual studies
Ishvara Pranidanha – surrender to universe / god
Asana – Yoga postures, it referred to mastering the body to sit still for meditation
Pranayama – Breahting techniques
Pratyahara – Withdrawal of the senses
Dharana – Concentration
Dhyana – Practive of meditation
Samadhi – Merging with the divine