|Statue of Patanjali|
The philosophy of yoga gives us guidelines for living a meaningful, purposeful life in its entirety, not just on the physical plane.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali ( from 1500 -- 2000 years ago) codifies the philosophy and practice of yoga into succinct aphorisms.
Patanjali delineates The Eight Limbs ("Ashtanga"), or constituents, of yoga:
- Yama -- Ethical and moral standards and sense of integrity, along the same line as "The Golden Rule".
- Niyama -- Self-discipline and spiritual observances.
- Asana -- Physical postures, for physical health and to develop discipline and concentration.
- Pranayama -- Breathing exercises, breath control. Connection between the body, breath, and mind.
- Pratyahara -- Withdrawal of the senses -- looking inward.
- Dharana -- Concentration
- Dhyana -- Meditation
- Samadhi -- Enlightenment -- the blissful union of self with the divine.