Deepen Your Yoga
Advice and discussions on the deeper aspects of yoga. Use these videos to find out more about the philosophy behind yoga or when you need advice, inspiration and motivation to take your practice to the next level.
The Eighth Limb: Samadhi
In this yoga philosophy class, we explore the concept of Samadhi. Samadhi is the eighth and final limb of Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga, and it means enlightenment. This can be quite a challenging concept for us to grasp, but it is often thought of as freedom from the limited sense of self.
The Seventh Limb: Dhyana
The seventh limb of yoga is Dhyana, or meditation. The eight limbs of yoga represent the path of meditation, which is considered to be the greatest tool in our yoga practice to help us experience Samadhi by understanding and mastering the mind to experience equanimity and balance.
The Sixth Limb: Dharana
Waterfall of Oms
The Fifth Limb: Pratyahara
The fifth limb of yoga is Pratyahara which means withdrawal of the senses or turning inwards. This refers to the first step of meditation after laying the groundwork with the practices in the previous limbs. Withdraw from external stimulus by turning off your phone or retreating to a quiet room for a time and take your attention inwards.
The Fourth Limb: Pranayama
The fourth limb of Patanjali's path is Pranayama which means life force energy. It is thought that the more of this life force energy we can cultivate, the more healthy, awake, alive and aware we will be, and the greater our longevity. Learn about some of the different types of breath work used to practice pranayama.
The Second Niyama: Santosha
The First Niyama: Saucha
The Fifth Yama: Aparigraha
The fifth and final Yama is Aparigraha, which means 'freedom from greed'. This is one of the key tenants of Buddhism; that we are suffering because we are full of desire. Our ego is always needing or craving something, but our true self is already whole. More things does not necessarily fulfil that hole inside of us!
The Fourth Yama: Brahmacharya
The fourth Yama is Brahmacharya, which means celebacy. Traditionally in India, young men would choose between being a wandering yogi or a householder, but today it is acceptable to practice a spiritual life and yoga, and be a householder. But how is this Yama relevent to our lives today in the West when celebacy is not a common way to live?
The Fourth Niyama: Svadyaya
The Third Yama: Asteya
The third Yama is Asteya, which is non-stealing. This means we should not be taking for oneself other people's time, objects and ideas. Vidya also explores the idea of not coveting what others have and being dissatisfied with what you do have, and how we can practice the opposite of that.
The second Yama: Satya
Chant to Shiva
Are you at a time where you'd like to let go, shift your energy and move forward in life? Try this invocation to Shiva, who in Hindu tradition, represents our inner reality and inner strength. He transforms us out of a difficult and destructive time, allowing us to let go and move forward. He is a great meditator, clearing away old patterns and habits, breaking free of a cycle of painful emotions; chanting to him can free us. According to Hindu tradition, Shiva was the first teacher of yoga. Enjoy this tuneful chant: Om namah Shivaya.
The First Yama: Ahimsa