The 8 limbs of Yoga – One: The Yamas

Some days ago I wrote an article about how the 8 limbs of Yoga can help us to improve our well-being and to live in peaceful coexistence with others. I would like to take this series deeper starting with the first limb – Yama.

The 5 Yamas

First let me refresh your memory. The first limb of the eightfolded path is yama. With yama, Patanjali provides us some sort of ethical codex. Within this codex, there are 5 aspects that help you to live in peace with other beings and yourself. Sounds pretty nice, but let me say in the beginning, it’s not as easy as it sounds but so so worth trying to work on it everyday. So let me present the 5 Yamas in short.

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The 8 limbs of Yoga – Living Yoga on and off the mat

Yoga. When people hear that word, most of them think of some women in yoga pants doing fancy stretches. Yoga is much more than this. “The 8 limbs of Yoga” is going to be a series that dives deeper into yoga-philosophy, while connecting this philosophy to our every day lives, outlining how we can improve our own well-being and feeling of being happy and at the same time contribute to a happier, more loving world.

Patanjali and the 8 limbs of Yoga

Patanjali, some mysterious indian man/figure, is known as the author of the yogasutra. A collection of verses in which he explains the essence of this ancient practice. What are the goals, what needs to be practiced? Within those sutras, Patanjali also talks about the 8 limbs of yoga, which can be concerned as a guideline to a meaningful, purposeful and peaceful life with the goal of reaching unity. So here is some quick overview what these limbs are.

8 limb pic

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