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Patanjalis 8 Limbs of Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a form of Raja Yoga - during the time around 200 BC a sage called Patanjali compiled the Raja Yoga Sutras, otherwise known as Patanjali's Eightfold Path or the Eight Limbs of Classical Raja Yoga.  Patanjali, along with other Yogis, studied his own thoughts and the many obstacles that prevent us from bringing the mind under conscious control, these findings are written in the Sutra's as a kind of 'guide' that help others to overcome these obstacles in order to control the restless mind and enjoy lasting peace.

Modern and certainly Western Hatha Yoga often focuses mainly on Asana and Pranayama, however without awareness of and the will to follow the other Raja Yoga steps, one is not practicing true Yoga.

Yamas - Codes or conduct and self restraint - of which there are 5 key parts:

Niyamas - Committment to practice and observanced - of which there are 5 key parts:


Asanas - The practice of Asana (Yoga postures) affects the following aspects of the human being:


The purpose is not to achieve the perfect posture, but to rid the body and mind of blockages to allow us to awaken the subtle energies of the body (prana, kundalini) and transcend the body's limitations thus encouraging a freedom to live a richer fuller life.