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Scroll down to read the seventh segment of "Touching Your Toes Has Nothing To Do With It" for some yoga philosophy.
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Touching Your Toes Has Nothing To Do With It
In the West, we consider “yoga” to be a physical practice where we move our body, stretch, strengthen, and balance. However, this is only a fraction of the full practice of yoga. One eighth, actually. The Yoga Sutras, written by a man named Patanjali over 2,000 years ago, is considered to be one of yoga’s most sacred texts. Patanjali lays out an eightfold path to attaining a higher state of consciousness, one in which the practitioner learns to still the craziness of the mind. This path is yoga.
The Seventh Limb of Yoga: "Dhyana"
Dhyana is the 7th limb of yoga, building upon asana (physical posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (control of the senses, moving the focus to the inside), and dharana (concentration). The word dhyana comes from the Sanskrit word dhyai, which means “to think of.”
Dhyana involves concentration and meditation on a point of focus with the intention of knowing the truth about it. This deeper concentration of the mind is the instrument of self-knowledge where one can separate illusion from reality, and eventually, reach the ultimate goal of yoga: samadhi (bliss, or union with the source).
Dhyana Practice Tip
In dhyana, we focus the mind on a particular object and practice becoming absorbed in it. You can pick any object that feels relevant for you today. It could be a body part, a chakra, a person, or a beautiful flower you can focus on.
Then, prepare for the physical part of meditation, which is the solid foundation. When you start, ideally you have just done some asana practice so that your body feels comfortable to be completely still for a while.
Find yourself a comfortable position, whether sitting up or supported by a wall. Don’t get caught up in the physical posture–anything that you can hold comfortably for a long time will do. Make sure you have some quiet and that there will be no interruptions. Start with just 5 to 10 minutes at a time, until you become more used to it.
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