I talk about these elements in class – and usually get questions….so here is a little more detail!
For me, Yoga isn’t just about standing on one leg with your other leg in the air- holding your ankle – while keeping that calm, peaceful exterior. Sure that looks cool (to some folks) – but there is so much more to yoga than asana (posture) and pranayama (breath). In fact – those are on 2 limbs on an eight limbed path!
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one’s health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature. *click here for more explanation*
The more I practice and teach yoga – the more important I believe it is to study & acknowledge yoga as a whole.