The eight limbs of yoga, in fact, cover a complete chakra of living our lives well. If you follow these 8 pillars, called the Ashtanga, the quality of wellbeing gets to a higher level:
1. Yamas: These define the moral values of interaction. They are Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (Truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya in nature (restrain from undue Lust), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness).
2. Niyamas: These define the habits that one should have:
Shaucha (purity of body, mind, and speech), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (Persistence), Svadhyaya (self-study), Ishvarapranidhana (Contemplation of the unchanging reality)
3. Asana: Various postures to practice to attain physical strength and stability
4. Pranayama: Practice to gain control of breath
5. Pratyahara: Practice to detach from the worldly objects. This phase is a transition from external forms of Yoga to the internal mind and soul.
6. Dharana: Bringing the concentration, the focus of the mind, and holding and maintain it without drifting from one thought to others.
7. Dhyana: Gaining an uninterrupted train of thought, cognition, and awareness on the topic of Dharana.
8. Samadhi: The ultimate state of meditation. The yogi or yogin is in such a state of concentration that they are not able to distinguish between meditation and the thought of meditation. Everything is oneness.
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