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Yoga's Eightfold Path
If you want your Yoga practice to go beyond the Asanas then the Eightfold Path is where
your search will lead you. Those Yoga postures are merely one aspect of this path, also known as the
Eight Limbs of Yoga. Enumerated some two thousand years ago by Patanjali, these guidelines and practices
can lead you to enlightenment. At the very least they will enhance the quality of your life, as these
links will point out.
||The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth|
One of the Yamas, or abstinences, of Yoga is Satya, or non-lying. But what is the truth, really? This AllSpirit article
explains it all - honest!
||The Yoga of Non-Sex?|
Brahmacharya, or chastity, is Yoga's most misunderstood yama. Must we forego sex completely to properly
practice Brahmacharya? The short answer is no. As for the long answer... .
||Aparigraha: The Yama of More|
Another Yama contained within Yoga is Aparigraha, or non-greed. We're all far greedier than we think
we are - this AllSpirit article offers proof.
||Don't Worry, Be Santosha!|
Santosha, or contentment, is one of the Niyamas, or observances on Patanjali's Eightfold Path. How can
you be content in a world filled with pain? Find out!
||Patanjali's Eightfold Path|
Here is a basic description of the Eightfold Path, explained clearly in non-esoteric language.
||Preparing the Body For the Soul|
This is another very good article which defines Yoga's Eightfold Path and explains the purpose of each part.
||Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga|
Here you will find an excellent page which focuses on Patanjali's writings, and gives some historical background.
||The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali|
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are interpreted here, in 17 different languages! There's also a study group, a
library, and a link to YSP Club Yahoo!
While the Eightfold path is most often illustrated as the limbs of a tree, this page shows it as a
triangle. Although there's not a lot of information here, there's quite a lot to ponder!
This is an overview of the Yamas and Niyamas - they're guidelines for living, not unlike the Ten
Commandments, only without the harsh implications.
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