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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Seven Pillars of Yoga!

The Seven Pillars of Yoga provide practitioners with a foundation to live a full and fulfilling life, on or off the mat. From ethics and self-discipline to body posture and breathing, each pillar represents an essential part of yoga practice. By integrating the seven pillars into their daily lives, yogis can achieve a state of balance, inner peace, and self-actualization.

1. Yama - The moral and ethical principles that guide the yogi's behavior towards others. There are five of them: Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (righteousness), Asteya (not stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy or abstinence), and Aparigraha (nothing).

2. Niyama - Self-discipline and spiritual guidance that guides the yogi's personal behavior. There are five of them: Saucha (purification), Santosha (pleasure), Tapas (asceticism), Svadhyaya (self-study) and Ishvara pranidhana (higher power).

3. Asanas - Physical poses and exercises that strengthen and cleanse the body, facilitate and prepare you for meditation. Asanas help create harmony between body and mind.

4. Pranayama - Breathing techniques and control of body energy (prana) that help balance the nervous system, control breathing and calm the mind. There are many pranayama techniques in yoga.

5. Pratyahara - Get rid of thoughts and turn inward. Pratyahara is the bridge between outer yoga practice and inner yoga practice. It helps to improve the ability to focus.

6. Dharana (concentration) - Meditation, to reach a meditative state. It involves focusing on an object or point and keeping it there without distraction.

7. Dhyana - meditation. Dhyana is a state of pure awareness where the mind is calm, peaceful and free of distractions. This is the final stage of yoga that leads to the ultimate goal of self-realization.

Yama and Niyama encourages the yogi to develop honesty and ethics for his own and others' actions. Asanas help build strength and promote healthier, more relaxed postures. Pranayama techniques help control the breath and calm the mind, while pranayama and concentration allow the practitioner to focus and direct the attention within himself. Ultimately, meditation leads to the ultimate goal of yoga - self-realization or union with God.

The importance of the Seven Pillars of Yoga lies in their ability to provide comprehensive guidance for a full and complete life, promoting a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

I will give more details about the Seven Pillars of Yoga in future posts, stay tuned!

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