8 Limbs of Yoga
The Art of the Inner Body and Inner Being
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). The Yoga Sutra is considered the fundamental text on the system of yoga, and yet you won’t find the description of a single posture or asana in it. Essentially, Patanjali says, your entire life is being called to attention and intention.
You’re not practicing yoga in class by going to a good “asana stretch class”, nor by keeping a (messy) home where you’d rather not have drop-in guests! To perform the boat posture simply to get a flatter tummy or even to do the perfect physical appearance of a pose is, “missing the yoga boat” according to Patanjali. Yoga is not a series of postures – it is a guide for living the right life, no matter who you are with, and what you are doing, your full presence is being called for. These eight steps act as guidelines on how CULTIVATE a purposeful, intentional and directed life.