Different Principles of Yoga everyone need to know.

Patanjali’s Eight Principles of Yoga

Abstinence (yama)
Observance (niyama)
Posture (asana)
Regulation of breath (pranayama)
Withdrawal of Senses (pratyahara)
Concentration (dharana)
Meditation (dhyana)
Super Consciousness (samadhi)
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Abstinence (yama)

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.

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Observance(Niyama)

The second limb of yoga is Niyama. These five qualities and disciplines are given as guideposts on the spiritual path.

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Posture(Asana)

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.

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Regulation of Breath(Pranayama)

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

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Withdrawal of Senses (Pratyahara)

The fifth limb of yoga is Pratyahara which means to turn your attention inward and away from the stimulation of the five senses.

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Concentration(Dharana)

The sixth limb of yoga Dharana which means concentration. One-pointed focus of the mind prepares you for the state of meditation.

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Meditation (dhyana)

The seventh limb of yoga Dhyana is the ability to merge with the object on which you are concentrating. 

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Super Consciousness (samadhi)

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

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Proper relaxation
  • Releases tension in the muscles
  • Helps letting go of all worries
  • Ensures conservation of energy

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Proper exercise
  • Yoga postures – to be performed as per body constitution.
  • Yogic consultation is a must.
  • Correct postures work systematically on all parts of the body. Stretching and toning the muscles & ligaments. Keeping the spine and joints flexible. Improving the blood circulation.
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Proper breathing (pranayama)
  • Brings an extraordinary balance in the consciousness.
  • Teaches you to control your mental state by regulating the flow of the life force.
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Proper diet
  • Chart out a well-nourished balanced diet.
  • Keeps the body light and sup
  • ple and the mind calm.
  • Resists ailments.
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Positive Thinking & Meditation
  • Removes negative thoughts. Stills the mind.
  • You attain super-consciousness. A state beyond time, space and causation.

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