Different Principles of Yoga everyone need to know.
The first limb of yoga is the Yamas, which are the guideposts for how to behave in society. The Yamas describe how to treat others and how to treat yourself.
The second limb of yoga is Niyama. These five qualities and disciplines are given as guideposts on the spiritual path.
Asana is the third limb of yoga. It means to breathe and to become one with the eternal cosmic vibration. All postures are to be practiced with one’s attention on the breath and body’s position. With this awareness you are truly practicing yoga.
The fourth limb of yoga is pranayama. The meaning of pranayama is the control of the vital winds, breaths or forces of the body, through all three respiratory functions; inhalation, exhalation and retention
The fifth limb of yoga is Pratyahara which means to turn your attention inward and away from the stimulation of the five senses.
The sixth limb of yoga Dharana which means concentration. One-pointed focus of the mind prepares you for the state of meditation.
The seventh limb of yoga Dhyana is the ability to merge with the object on which you are concentrating.
The eighth limb of yoga is Samadhi. This is the highest stage in meditation. In Samadhi the meditator becomes one with the Divine.
Swami Sivananda’s Modified Five Principles of Yoga