The holiday season is approaching, Christmas markets start popping up everywhere in Vienna ; lights, Christmas decorations and candles begin dressing the city and the window displays for the festive season. We feel it in the air as well: the cold winds of winter. Maybe the first snow flakes that fall on to the earth, the excitement of the kids for gifts, the warmth of family time and the rushing energy that comes with the last month of the year. It’s a magical time of the year but it tends to be stressful for most of us, as we find ourselves racing to the shops for gifts ...
Wheel of Yoga – 7 paths of Yoga
Keeping in mind that Yoga can be described as both the path and also the goal of union or oneness that is reached by walking this journey, one might ask what the path itself looks like. From the yogic perspective, this does not have to be the same for everyone. In fact, originally there were four different paths of yoga, which have been split further into seven paths.
These different paths are also sometimes referred to as “The Wheel of Yoga”:
1 - Raja Yoga– The royal path of physical and mental control
The Yoga of Raja ...
8 limbs of the Ashtanga Path
The 8-fold path, Asthanga (from ashta– eight, and tanga – steps) is introduced in the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras and discussed in greater detail in the 2nd and 3rd Pada. Through the practice of the Ahstanga Path, the yogi not only overcomes all obstacles of spiritual growth , transcends suffering (the four kleshas), but also attains the ultimate goal of Yoga (citta vrtti nirodha (1.2) and thus finds liberation and freedom, kaivalya.
These eight limbs are now described in detail with the reference to the corresponding Sutra: