Yoga Sutras – Ashtanga Yoga / The Eight Limbs of Yoga (8 Limbs) Intro & Overview

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the Eight Limbs of Yoga.


Gain an understanding of the intention, teachings and tools of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.


Introduce each of the Eight Limbs: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. Explain why the last three limbs are in a different chapter than the first five. Translate and describe each of the limbs and present the reasoning behind the position that the yamas are the most important limb.


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