Patanjali's 8 Limbed Path to Enlightenment
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Patanjali is known as the Father of Yoga. He set out the Yoga Sutras thousands of years ago. These Sutras are a manual on how to be a Yogi. The 8 Limbed Path To Enlightenment is a step-by-step practice to help you find steadiness and joy in your life.
The Yoga Sutras are a set of 4 chapters or books written by Patanjali well over 3000 years ago. It consists of 196 sutras or "threads" which, when woven together give the Yogi an intricate instruction manual on how to live a Yogic lifestyle.
Patanjali's 8 limbed path to enlightenment is a set of active practises that the Yogi can do to achieve the goal of Yoga, which is ultimately to become enlightened, to become one with the Divine.
Patanjali sets out very practical ways to progress down the path. From how we treat others and ourselves to the physical practice, to breath and meditation, these practises help to encourage mindfulness and teach us how to live in this moment, right now.
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Why are the yoga sutras important?
Yoga is about so much more than just the physical poses. The teachings of Yoga share how to live life in a conscious, kind and compassionate way. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras give an excellent explanation of how to practically use the yogic teachings in your everyday life. To make every moment a moment of Yoga, of connection and of consciousness. To turn your attention inwards and work on your stuff. Even though the Sutras were written thousands of years ago, the knowledge and the teachings are completely relevant today, even more so than ever, I think.
What other Yogic scriptures are important to know?
Shastra, or scripture, refers to the study and exploration of the four central texts of yoga as well as to the study of the Sanskrit language in which they were first written. The four texts are the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanishads.
What is a "Yogic lifestyle"?
A Yogic lifestyle is choosing to live in a conscious, present and compassionate way. It’s using the teachings of Yoga to live your life. It’s committing and dedicating your life to yourself, to your evolution and enlightenment. It’s using the practices and teachings of Yoga to address all the uncomfortable stuff in your life and let go of what you no longer need. It’s being respectful of yourself and of others and becoming established in love and empathy. Most of all, it’s about consciously choosing each thought, word and action in order to create the life you want.
Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. All the practices of Yoga together teach a way of life or a way of being. It is not dedicated to a specific religion or proposed God. You can be Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim or atheist and practice Yoga without it interfering with your faith. In fact, the teachings of Yoga will add even more value to the teachings of your chosen religion. There are so many different practices of Yoga that you can pick and choose what works for you and your beliefs.