The 8-limbs of yoga are as noted in the picture to the left.
Samadhi means “to bring together, to merge”. In the state of Samadhi the body and senses are at rest, as if asleep, yet the faculty of mind and reason are alert, as if awake; one goes beyond consciousness. This is the ultimate goal of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. It is characterized by the feeling of peacefulness when you sense that you and the universe are one. Samadhi refers to union or true Yoga. The achievement of Samadhi is not an easy path. The Yoga Sutra (ancient yoga text) suggests the practice of Asanas and pranayama as preparation for Dharana, to create the ability to still the mind. Once Dharana has occurred, Dhyana and Samadhi can follow.
We’ll use the practices of journaling, yoga postures, breathing exercises, mudras, mantra, and meditation to explore the 8-limbs and to have as tools in our practice of yoga on and off the mat.