the mind

dhyana – limb 7 in the 8 limbs of ashtanga

In Patanjali’s 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga, a state of meditation, known as Dhyana, is the seventh limb. You transition into this limb from the sixth limb of Dharana, where you learn to focus your thoughts. When you have focused

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pratyahara – limb 5 in the 8 limbs of ashtanga

When you leave it to its own devices, your mind will probably focus on external stimuli like conversations, television and noises on the street. Even in yoga class, you might focus on a conversation in the back of the room

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pranayama – limb 4 in the 8 limbs of ashtanga

Pranayama is the Sanskrit word for breath control, which is the fourth limb in the 8 limbs of Ashtanga mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. If you have ever taken a yoga class before, you have probably practiced focusing

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asana – limb 3 in the 8 limbs of ashtanga

The third limb described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the one that most Americans are familiar with: asana, which is Sanskrit for “pose,” although it is also translated to mean “being present in the body.” If you practice

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niyama – limb 2 in the 8 limbs of ashtanga

The second limb in the 8 Limbs of Ashtanga is Niyama. While the first limb, Yama, helps you be a better person with others, this second limb helps you work on your relationship with yourself. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,

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chapter xi: the unimaginable image of god in His manifest form

The first few lines of Chapter 11 in the Bhagavad Gita, imply that God is the literal experience of Yoga, and by practicing one-pointed focus on the Highest One, the surest Yogic practice for achieving heightened consciousness and spiritual liberation,

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chapter xi: “[B]ehold my power (yoga) as Lord!”

In Chapter 11, Arjuna asks Krishna to show him His full manifestation so the warrior might see for himself the Supreme Majesty of God in His entirety. While this vision is the crux of the chapter, similar to Chapter 9

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chapter x: krishna quells many of arjuna’s doubts, though some persist

Chapter 9 ended with Arjuna still doubting if Krishna is the sole Originator, Maintainer, and eventual Destroyer of this world, as well as of all other worlds. Though the warrior acknowledges Krishna’s divinity during His present human incarnation, Arjuna as

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chapter ix, part 2: krishna’s monistic characteristic in the gita

Our last article covered only the first ten lines in Chapter 9 of the Bhagavad Gita—the wisdom in this chapter is so great that the benefits of studying it piecemeal cannot be overstated. In this week’s discussion of the latter

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chapter ix: yoga of royal knowledge and royal mystery

For this week, because Chapter 9 is dense with Krishna’s discernments between the Great Brahman, also referred to as the “Unmanifest beyond the Unmanifest,” the spiritual Self, and all other contingent beings, we’ll discuss only lines 9.1 -10, and then

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