I’ve just released the 5th episode of Coffee & Musings on my Patreon page. In this episode I talk about the eight limbs of yoga, focusing on the first four to start with: Yama, Niyama, Asana, and Pranayama.
The eight limbs comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which is often used as a guide for the practice of yoga, but it is not the definitive guide – there are lots of texts used. I’m starting with this because it was the first element of yoga philosophy I was introduced to.
In the video I read from three books – this is because the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were written in Sanskrit so people can interpret them slightly differently.
These are the three books I read from:
- The Inner Tradition of Yoga – Michael Stone
- Every Body Yoga – Jessamyn Stanley
- The Heart of Yoga – T. K. V. Desikachar
Do you have any favourite books that discuss the Eight Limbs?
In this episode I focus on the on the first four limbs:
Yama: Attitudes towards our environment
Niyama: Attitudes towards ourselves
Asana: The practice of physical postures
Pranayama: The practice of breathing exercises
Join my Patreon to hear the full discussion, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!