raja yoga

The eight steps of Raja Yoga provide a systematic process to attain inner peace, self-control, freedom from attachments, and realization of the Self.

"What use in polishing up the outside when there is no inside?" 
--Swami Vivekananda

Yoga is not a one hour daily practice - it's our chosen way of life, it pervades our being.  It teaches us to maintain that perfect balance so we remain in a heightened state of awareness, of our true Self.  Yoga provides us with guidelines on how to live.  It is a practice and also a state of being.  We do it to be in it.  --Amita Jain

1

yAMA - SELF CONTROL

Yoga practice starts with Yama - moral discipline.

2

NIYAMA - DISCIPLINE

Niyamas are the observances which Yogis lives by.

3

ASANA - POSTURE

The purpose of posture is purification.

4

pRANAYAMA -BREATH CONTROL

Control the breath - control the mind.

5

pRATYAHARA - SENSE WITHDRAWAL

Withdraw the senses from the outer world. Go inward.

6

DHARANA - CONCENTRATION

Focus the mind on a single point. 

7

DHYANA - MEDITATION

Meditation is concentration without effort.

8

SAMADHI - LIBERATION

Union with the Divine.

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