Ashtanga

Yamas

Social Ethics:

  • ahimsa- Nonviolence
  • satya- truth
  • asteya- non stealing
  • brahmacarya- appropriate use of one's vital energy
  • aparigraha- non possessiveness


Nyamas

Personal Ethics:

  • sauca- purity, cleanliness
  • santosa- contentment
  • tapas- practice causing change, "heat"
  • svadhyaya- self-study/observation
  • isvarapranidhana- devotion, surrender to a higher force

Asana

  •  Postures, sitting

Pranayama

  • Breath regulation

Pratyahara

  • Internalization of the senses, drawing back and becoming the observer of self


Dharana

  • Focus, concentration

Dhyana

  • Maintaining focus, meditation

Samadhi

  • Complete absorption 

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