8 Limbs of Yogaadmin
The 8 limbs of Yoga from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is contemporary yoga’s favourite sources of inspiration and direction on how to live a balanced and moral life, both on and off the mat.
Each limb includes practices, code of conduct or guidance to improve oneself and how to act with others.
As yoga students from 2 years, the yogi code above is a simple reminder to us of the duty we have towards oneself physically and mentally.
We hear so much about ‘self-love’ and perceive it as millennial’s language to take care of yourself, but it is important to know that self-improvement is an ancient practice.
When these teaching seems so different in this century, it wouldn’t make sense to expect the limbs to fit effortlessly into our busy lives. However, this doesn’t mean that they have no place at all in our tenet.
Sometimes, we too dismiss these ideas as unachievable and don’t understand how we can implement them in our super busy and chaotic life but as yoga students it’s good to be familiar with these ideas.
These disciplines inspire us to develop healthy routines which strengthen the positive side of our life.
One of them being starting our day with exercise and positive affirmations. Affirmations and practice is something we add to each day. We love to follow positive Instagram content for inspiration and hanging around people that inspire us. Making a point to meditate when we can and of course eating healthy!
Hope this interpretation of 8 limbs of ashtanga helps you understand the yogi code a little better and motivates you to find ways to apply them to your life too.