What better way to celebrate summer and all things new than with yoga asanas (postures) bright and early on a Sunday morning in the park?! The weather was perfect. We were nestled away under a canopy, surrounded by wet green grass, beautiful trees and a fresh summer breeze.
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For this session, I invited students to experience yoga as more than asanas but as a door to a personal meditative practice through movement which eventually leads to deeper meditation and awareness. Asanas were originally intended to be used as a way to learn about our bodies. Through this process we then learn how to create a calmer state of mind and access a higher awareness -- a stronger connection to mind, body, spirit. But, here in the West we tend to forget the deeper meaning behind this practice. In fact, according to Ashtanga Yoga, asanas are only one of eight ways to practice yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga literally means “eight limbs of yoga.” These limbs are defined in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and comprise the foundation of Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy.
The following are the 8 practices or limbs:
1. yama (moral restraints) – how we relate to others
2. niyama (observances) – how we relate to ourselves
3. āsana (posture) – how we relate to our body
4. prāṇāyāma (breath extension) – how we relate to our breath or spirit
5. pratyāhāra (sensory withdrawal) – how we relate to our sense organs
6. dhāraṇā (concentration) – how we relate to our mind
7. dhyāna (meditation) – moving beyond the mind
8. samādhi (meditative absorption) – deep realization and inner union
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