A Space to Be

Saturday 31 August – The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Saturday 31 August, 10am – 1pm, Shilbottle Community Hall, £25

This extended morning practice will include active and restorative asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), yoga nidra (guided relaxation) and meditation.

We will discuss the eight ‘limbs’ of yoga, as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the key philosophical text on which most modern yoga practice is based.

It is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a holistic yoga practice, working with body, mind and breath in a number of ways.

Booking is via Eventbrite


eightlimbsThe Eight Limbs of Yoga are described in a key yoga text by Patanjali, called The Yoga Sutra. They give a sense of how yoga is what I would call a ‘holistic’ practice, that affects every aspect of our being.

While modern yoga is represented as being primarily about the body (looks good in photos!), the traditional practice of yoga embraces all aspects of being human and is in a large part to do with the mind.

Many people have translated and interpreted the eight limbs slightly differently – this is my current understanding:
– yama: my relationships with others
– niyama: my habits
– asana: my relationship with my body
– pranayama: the relationship between my body and the breath
– pratyahara: my relationship with my senses (and the things which attract/distract them!)

– dharana: the practice of concentration or focus
– dhyana: the practice of continued concentration or focus, to the point of meditative absorption
– samadhi: my relationship with my mind