The 8 Limbs of Yoga: A Basic Guide

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Patanjali wrote about the 8 Limbs of Yoga roughly 1,700 years ago as a path and way of living to follow towards enlightenment. They were composed of other ancient texts and were later almost forgotten until the revival of yoga hundreds of years later. The 8 Limbs teach us about mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing. Note that the physical practise (asana) is just one element!

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5 Things I’ve Learned From Yoga

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  1. BREATHE

When you first start out with yoga you may not appreciate how important the simple act of breathing is. When your breath is out of whack, your whole practise suffers and you feel out of step. Poses that should be easy seem hard, your body feels slow and off balance. Steady, deep and rhythmic breath makes your body move effortlessly, assists in deepening poses, balancing blood pressure, providing a soundtrack to your time on the mat and far beyond. If you can master and appreciate breath during that hour, then implementing it into daily life is the next step. There are many different breathing techniques, but a warm, steady and audible Ujjai breath (victorious breath) is a great place to start!

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