When most people think of yoga, they think of the postures people practice, such as warrior II, downward facing dog, triangle, etc. These postures are called asana, and while certainly an important part of the practice of yoga, they are only one aspect.
Eight Limbs of Yoga
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes the eight limbs of yoga: yamas (restraint), niyamas (observances), asana (posture), pranayama (breathing techniques), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (focused concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (enlightenment). These eight limbs provide a guideline for living a purposeful life.
Heading into a new year, many people reflect on the previous year and resolve to grow in some way in the new year. Practicing the eight limbs can further these goals. In the coming weeks, each limb will be described in further detail to help you on your journey. In the meantime, visit Orange Moon Yoga, and practice various aspects of the eight limbs with our experienced instructors.