Modern-day westernized yoga is extremely watered-down and sexualized. It only covers the physical aspect of things. Yoga is so much more than yoga pants and stretching. It’s about shedding the layers of your illusory idea of yourself to reveal the true self. Yog mean union, they added the -a to the end to make it more marketable.
There are lots of different types of yoga, all with their own ancient texts that describe in great detail what they are. Westernized yoga is only familiar with a fragmented version of ashtanga yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga is – Ash=8 tanga=limbs
1.) Yamas, Yama = Restraint
2.) Niyamas, the fixed rules & regulations.
The Yamas and the niyamas are your moral guidelines, they need to be addressed before you even start getting into the physical like the asanas. The niyamas are more about you out in the world, where the Yamas are more about yourself. If you are in alignment with all of the yamas and niyamas, then you are already in the breatharian state. Breatharian is a basic inner standing in real yog, all master yogis achieve breatharian quite early on their path to complete self-realization and union.
3.) Asana, postures. “Steady and comfortable should be the posture” “Asana is just your seat.”
4.) Pranayama, cessation of movement of inhalation and exhalation. Completely stopping the breath. This is the parasympathetic breathwork taught in TCM Respiration, both in the HOW TO BREATHE Course and the BREATHWORK BOOTCAMP Program.
5.) Pratyāhāra is a combination of two Sanskrit words prati- (the prefix प्रति-, “against” or “contra”) and āhāra (आहार, “bring near, fetch”).
6.) Dharana (Sanskrit: धारणा) means concentration, introspective focus and one-pointedness of mind. The root of the word is dhṛ (धृ), meaning “to hold, maintain, keep”.
7.) Dhyana (Sanskrit: ध्यान) literally means “contemplation, reflection”
8.) Samadhi (Sanskrit: समाधि) literally means “putting together, joining, combining with, union, harmonious whole, trance”
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