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Eight Limbs, 8 Limbs, Asana Philosophy & Theory – Definition & Purpose of Asana

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we examine asana, the third of the eight limbs in The Yoga Sutras, and explore wisdom regarding the purpose and benefits of asana.

Objective

Memorize and understand sutras 2.46 to 2.49 and study expert teachings regarding the purpose and benefits of asana.

Description

Recite and translate sutras 2.46 to 2.49 from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras which define asana, explain what constitutes proper practice of asana, and describe the results of practice. Provide a traditional perspective on what defines health and fitness. Explore words of wisdom from teachers of various lineages regarding the purpose and benefits of asana.

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