Yoga and Meditation

Meditation on Water by Mario

I’ve described how important transcending was for awakening here. But let’s explore a bigger context. The Yoga Sutra describes 8 “limbs” or approaches to gain Yoga or union and discover our true nature. The first two limbs are the Yama and Niyama, approaches to daily life like non-violence, spiritual study, and honesty. The next five are practiced together to create Raja or Royal Yoga, a path that combines aspects of the other yogas or paths. The result of these 5 is the last limb, Samadhi, when we step into Yoga. Because some of these are done sequentially, the limbs are … Continue Reading…

Asana Is

There were 5 yoga studios within a few minutes walk of my old place. Did any of them teach actual yoga? Nope. Most of them were about fitness rather than union. Fitness is a good thing, but it’s misleading when presented as a branch of Indian philosophy. Few modern yoga teachers meditate. Most of it is a version of a version of a version out of strict Hatha Yoga and comes from only one of the 8 (ashtanga) limbs of Yoga, asana. But is even that about stretching exercise? Asana refers to position or posture. The Yoga Sutra defines asana … Continue Reading…