Paths of Yoga

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Yoga is an opportunity!  One is attracted to it as a step to losing weight, or meeting with friends, or personal quiet time from family or work.  Yet, as one get into it, we find ways to firm up our personalities, find spiritual strength and meaning, and to become a more effective fighter for the challenges we face in life. Here is an excellent essay to outline the various paths we can choose in our travels with Yoga.

“In The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which is a two-thousand-year-old collection of the oral teachings on yogic philosophy, there are one hundred and ninety-five statements which are a kind of philosophical guidebook for dealing with the challenges of being human. The Yoga Sutras provides an eight-fold path calledashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs”. These eight steps are basic guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They are a prescription for moral and ethical conduct. They direct attention toward one’s health, and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.

The first four steps or stages concentrate on refining our personalities, gaining mastery over our body, and developing an energetic awareness of ourselves, all of which prepare us for the second half of the journey, which deals with the senses, the mind, and attaining a higher state of consciousness.”

To read all about the paths use the website link below. Thanks to Edith Howell for the creation of the website.

http://www.yogaforbeginners.com/paths01.htm

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