A clear, concise guidebook to the essentials of yogic thought and practice Many people think yoga simply means postures and breathing. Not true. The intention of this short guide is practical and straightforward: to say what yoga really is and to apply its principles to everyday life. It leads us through the eight-limbed system, a coherent framework that has been handed down and elaborated upon for thousands of years and consists of five "outer limbs," which pertain to our experience of the social world and the operation of our senses, and three "inner limbs," which focus on the mind. Stuart Ray Sarbacker and Kevin Kimple present the eight-limbed system as something that can be turned to again and again to deepen and expand understanding and practice. As an introduction and overview to the essence of yoga, The Eight Limbs of Yoga is unparalleled for clarity, usefulness, and concision.
This beautiful ruled journal is based on Patanjali’s eightfold path for a meaningful life, elucidating each of the limbs of yoga through illustrations and brief descriptions and providing ample room for note-taking. This elegant journal features gorgeous illustrations dedicated to the eight limbs of yoga, as set out in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The eight limbs’ meaningful characteristics are explained briefly and presented along with attractive graphics. Featuring ample space for writing notes and recording inspirations, this journal provides useful information on the significance of the path of yoga and will be a treasure and an inspiration to its users, whether or not they are practicing yogis. The 160 lined, acid-free pages made from archival paper take both pen and pencil nicely, and the vegan leather cover is durable and elegant.
Yoga through Christ is a book that will enable readers to have a deeper relationship with God. The audience for this book will be yoga students and teachers, Christians, theologians, general audiences, and those who are searching for direction and guidelines for a deeper spiritual life. The book takes a step-by-step approach, and is considered a ministry from the mat. Most Westerners initially come to the mat because of the physical practice and all the benefits that yoga offer for strengthening the body and calming the mind. The actual point of yoga is to unite oneself with God. Yoga is not a religion, but a science or spiritual discipline that can provide helpful tools to strengthen one's faith. The Eight Limbs of Yoga provides a path to oneness with God. The first two limbs concentrate on external and internal values. Next comes the postures and a slow flow to prepare the body physically to sit in prayer and meditation for periods of time. Breath work is incorporated after the physical practice in order to calm the mind even further for meditation. It is then that the individual begins withdrawing from the senses, going inward to focus on Christ and pray, then eventually meditating and being one with God.
Eight Limbs of Yoga - The Structure and Pacing of Self-Directed Spiritual Practice provides an efficient integration of a wide range of yoga practices for use in a daily routine that is compatible with an active lifestyle, while staying in tune with the centuries-old Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Here, these ancient innovations are brought up-to-date and optimized for modern self-directed practitioners. The center of all spiritual progress is found within each human nervous system. When these time-tested methods for stimulating human spiritual transformation are applied in an integrated way, spiritual unfoldment can occur within any cultural or religious setting. Detailed instructions on the many individual practices discussed here are provided throughout the AYP writings. This volume ties them all together in a systematic way to facilitate long term self-paced cultivation of abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss, outpouring divine love, and the rise of unity in Self-realization. Yogani is the author of two landmark books on the world's most effective spiritual practices: Advanced Yoga Practices - Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living, a comprehensive user-friendly textbook, and The Secrets of Wilder, a powerful spiritual novel. The AYP Enlightenment Series makes these profound practices available for the first time in a series of concise instruction books. Eight Limbs of Yoga is the ninth book in the series, preceded by Bhakti and Karma Yoga, Self-Inquiry, Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli, Samyama, Asanas, Mudras and Bandhas, Tantra, Spinal Breathing Pranayama, and Deep Meditation.
In story format, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Yoga teacher, Rishi Eric Infanti outlines the parallel of his Marine Corps experiences and his journey as a Yoga teacher. Threading the Eight Limbs of Yoga from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, and his seven week exposition to Mysore India to deepen his understanding and practice of Yoga, Ayurveda and fine art as a vehicle for healing. Whether your an experienced Yoga teacher, new to the Yoga lifestyle, or a Veteran looking for ways to unravel the trauma of your own experiences, Marine on the Mat will inspire and guide you on your journey. In the book you will learn: How to integrate the Eight Limbs of Yoga into your life How to see the Eight Limbs as a daily practice Understand how to support Veterans with a healing system Inspire your own journey towards optimal health Learn how not to be stuck by your circumstances
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through: • the history and lineage of yoga • the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement) • a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count • a lively and authentic rendering of the complete Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's ancient sacred text • a glossary of yoga terminology In the asana section, Maehle describes each posture with clear, meticulous instructions, photographs, anatomical illustrations, and practical tips. Information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures brings further insight to the practice. In the philosophy section, Maehle illuminates the Yoga Sutra using the major ancient commentaries as well as his own insights. This volume makes the entire path of Ashtanga Yoga accessible to modern practitioners. Both practical guide and spiritual treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is an excellent introduction to the eight limbs of yoga and an invaluable resource for any yoga teacher or practitioner.
The Yoga Book is a core text - it explains the true meaning of Yoga, and demonstrates the practices and postures of Ashtanga Yoga that will enable the reader to achieve mastery over the mind and body and can eventually lead to Self-Realization. Through the practice of Yoga we can directly bring stillness to the restless mind and body, giving a true, lasting happiness, from inner peace and contentment. Stephen Sturgess has based his comprehensive book on the classical teachings of Patanjali, who over 1500 years ago distilled elements of earlier forms of yoga into a system of study and practice. It is an authoritative, inspirational and practical guide to the benefits and fulfilment that can be attained by the dedicated practice of Yoga. Contents Acknowledgements, Dedication, Preface, What is Yoga? Foreword by Sri Kriyananda, 1. The Subtle Bodies and the Chakras, The Physical Body, The Astral Body, The Causal Body, The Soul, The Chakras: Your Inner Universe, Locating the Chakras, 2. Yama, Ashtanga Yoga: The Eight Limbs of Yoga, The Relationship between yama and niyama, The Principles and Practice of Yama, Ahimsa: Non-violence, Non-injury, Non-harming, Satya: Non-lying, Truthfulness, Asteya: Non-stealing, Brahmacharya: Non-sensuality, Aparigraha: Non-attachment, Non-greed, 3. Niyama, Saucha: Cleanliness, Purity, Santosha: Contentment, Tapas: Austerity, Svadhaya: Self-study, Isvarapranidhana: Surrender to God, 4. Asana, What is Hatha Yoga?, Purification, Fasting for Purification, The Yogic Diet, Bandhas, Mudras, 5. Pranayama, Prana, the Vital Energy of the Universe, The Five Life-Forces of the Body, Guidelines for the Practice of Pranayama, Swara Yoga, Four Different Methods, of Breathing, Hand Mudras for controlling the breath, Pranayama Techniques, Pranic Healing, 6. Pratyahara, The Senses, The Practice of Pratyahara, 7. Dharana, Achieving Dharana, Interiorizing and Concentrating the Mind, Other Techniques that Help Concentration, 8. Dhyana, Why We Need to Meditate, The Practice of Meditation, Kriya yoga: An Advanced Spiritual Accelerator, 9. Samadhi, The Difference Between Meditation (Dhyana) and Samadhi, The Stages of Samadhi, Further Reading, Useful Addresses, Other Resources, Glossary, Index.
Sasha Devine's life as a private Yoga Instructor to elite clients in London is no smooth spiritual sailing. In fact, it's fast becoming a tidal wave of transformation. Having fled her past in California, Sasha's living half the life she dreamed of. The other half is someplace she's firmly slammed the door on. With her fun-loving friend and Personal Trainer, Fiona, creating a swell of shenanigans about her, Sasha's life begins to turn topsy-turvy and she unwittingly finds herself on a collision course with lust, love and the wisdom of a mysterious 'Guru'. With her head battling her heart and her repressed hormones raging, Sasha attempts to use the Eight Limbs of Yoga to keep herself afloat. But can an ancient philosophy heal her past and help her find true love in the process?