8 LIMBS OF YOGA
A compilation of essays around the ancient yogic philosophy contained within the Yoga Sutras
The 8 Limbs of Yoga is an ancient philosophy derived from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I am currently writing a book, Yoga Prayers, to …
- Deepen my own understanding of the 8 Limbs, and to
- Provide a historical and philosophical text for my (mostly beginner) yoga students at Ohio University each semester.
The following is a compilation of essays written on the 8 Limbs which will be expanded upon weekly.
8 LIMBS OF YOGA ESSAYS
A Brief History and Overview: The 8 Limbs of Yoga as a Spiritual Compass, published July 12, 2017
Ahimsa (non-violence): What Ancient Yogic Wisdom Teaches Us About Violence, published July 21, 2017
Satya (truthfulness): Finding and Living in our Truths, published July 27, 2017
Asteya (non-stealing): We Are All Thieves — and Why We Need to Stop, published August 8, 2017
Brahmacharya (moderation): The Path to Freedom is Choosing Less, published August 15, 2017
Aparigraha (non-attachment): Lessen Your Grip to Experience Pure Joy, published August 22, 2017
Saucha (cleanliness or purity): A Pure Heart is a Happy Heart, published August 29, 2017
Santosha (contentment): Wishing, Wanting, Seeking, Striving = Losing. Isn’t It Time to Stop Already?, published September 28, 2017
DHARANA, DHYANA, SAMADHI
EmbodiYoga and the Eight Limbs: How We Embody the Yoga Sutras, published August 25, 2017
Tapas (discipline), Svadhyaya (self study), Isvara Pranidhana (surrender)
ASANA (yoga postures), PRANAYAMA (breath control or retention), PRATYAHARA (withdrawal of the senses), DHARANA (concentration), DHYANA (meditation), SAMADHI (bliss or oneness with object of meditation)
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ABOUT & OFFERINGS
Hi! I’m Heather, a writer and yoga educator from SE Ohio. I share daily-ish here as part of my spiritual practice, and am working on my first book, Yoga Prayers. Download the first 25 pages, A Prelude to Yoga Prayers, for a brief introduction into yoga history and philosophy — and let me know what you think! Yogis, I’m also looking for stories to include in the full version of the book — how you came to yoga, what you’re learning, how you’re applying the 8 Limbs. Reach out!