The Path to Peace: Samadhi (Enlightenment/Higher Consciousness)

Samadhi, a state of bliss, may seem impossible to reach or even think of. But this heightened state of awareness is more accessible than you might think.  Well, here we are at Samadhi—the 8th and final step in Patanjali’s eight-limbed path of yoga. This is the...

The Path to Peace: Dhyana (Meditative Absorption)

Dhyana is the 7th limb in Patanjali’s 8 Limbed Path of Yoga. Dhyana comes from the Sanskrit term dhyai which means “to think of.” Dhyana is focused, single concentration on one thing—your breath, a chakra, a mantra or a pretty flower. The point? More self-knowledge by...

The Path to Peace: Dharana (Focused Concentration)

Pratyahara (last week’s limb) – or getting rid of distractions, is the set up for Dharana, or focused concentration. The last three limbs of yoga are known as samyama, Sanskrit for integration, binding or holding together. The combined practice of Dharana, Dhyana and...

The Path to Peace: Pratyahara (Sensory Control/Inward Focus)

In the classical yoga system of Ashtanga (the Eight Limbed Path), each limb offers guidelines or “ways of being” that when practiced together equate “living your yoga.” It’s a path of spiritual (not religious, yoga is not a religion and spiritual can mean something...

The Path to Peace | Pranayama

If you pay attention to health and wellness news at all you have heard over and over in the last few years that the mind and body are connected – and it all revolves around the microbiome in your gut. Healthy gut, healthy brain! This is absolutely true. However, in...

The Path to Peace – Ishvara Pranidhana

Ah, the holy grail of peace. The goal of all the Yama and Niyama together is to help us reach this point of surrender, Ishvara Pranidhana on the path to peace. It is said that if you can master this Niyama there is no need to practice any of the others, as this is the...

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