8 limbs of patanjali yoga course-Introduction



It is a question for everyone how it could be started when we are engaged in various good and bad things in their life. we know that there is a base of everything so it also has base and I am providing you information about yoga which has a basic meaning started from patanjali yoga course.

8 limbs of patanjali yoga course-Introduction

In another post, we have discussed the different time periods of yoga and how it evaluated by different scholars of their time. The term yoga is all about your physical and mental discipline by which you can acquire harmony between body and mind. It will also give supreme alignment just like the Cosmos. We can also say that it is the way to develop an interface between Human and Nature. We all are surrounded by various diversion and our body is stressed by these diversions. Yoga provides you purity in your mind and also it will give you inner pleasure by which you can properly do a work which you want to do and lead to where you want to go actually. Yoga’s history is very long rich but it came into enlightenment properly after Patanjali’s 8 limbs of Yoga.

Basics of yoga with patanjali yoga course

In the context of patanjali yoga course, we will provide the details of real yoga that is known as patanjali yoga course by which you can enhance your body in every desired direction. first of all, you have to know about which things you are looking for? if you want to do strenuous exercise then it will help you in sporting challenges. Then you have to do power yoga, ashtanga yoga, Iyengar yoga, Hatha Yoga. If you want to do yoga for relaxation then you have to do normal  Pranayama(breathing exercise).

Various teachers teach you yoga some are good some are normal. Everyone has his own style of teaching and we have to find out what is good for us. find your way to practice yoga. If you do yoga 4 days in a week for a long time then your mind will adjust itself to do this regularly without any difficulty. Yoga provides a variety of techniques for the body and the mind. We should practice each yoga exercise included in patanjali yoga course so that it works for us at peak level.

 What hurts us, we have to omit it. What is good that we have to accept it. We can vary all yoga exercises based on creativity. We ask ourselves constantly: “What do I need now and what’s good for me? What triggers best my tensions?”

8 limbs of patanjali yoga course

The actual definition of yoga started from the modern period around 200 BCE when Patanjali defines 196 sutras to control the deviation of mind and to live in present. He focused on 8 limbs of yoga which are the result of one of the sutras from them. He defines these 8 limbs of yoga in actual practice rather than to be theoretical. These 8limbs of yoga are dependent on each other. If we hold a pose and go through the discomfort of pain with our arms or thighs in our lives and we get over through it then it will be helpful in our life to learn the lesson of life. The physical helps the mental and vice versa.

Yoga is not just a physical posture it is a combination of 8 limbs of Yoga. Asanas (physical postures) are just a part of it. These Sanskrit word does not sound good for you and you want to move on the page where you see poses but one thing is important that I mentioned them here because you will find them anywhere in your yoga classes or yoga videos. Patanjali had focused more on the first two limbs from eight limbs of yoga because they are the base of Yoga. Without these two limbs, one can’t get the purity and clarity about mind. Most popular Patanjali’s 8 limbs of Yoga are as follows:

8 limbs of patanjali yoga course
  1. Yamas (self-control)
  2. Niyamas (methods of discipline)
  3. Asanas (physical postures)
  4. Pranayama (breath work)
  5. Pratyahara (withdrawing from senses of consciousness)
  6. Dharana (concentration)
  7. Dhyana (meditation)
  8. Samadhi (absorption or liberation from the mind and the body)

The brief description of these 8 limbs of yoga are here:


For better controlling of actions and reactions the five Yamas are follows

yamas of patanjali yoga course
it describe five limbs of yamas
  • Ahimsa
  • Satya
  • Asteya
  • Brahmacharya
  • Aparigraha

Ahimsa: Its basic meaning not to hurt anyone or himself by physically or mentally. It means how you treat your own body. Ahimsa encourages the following issues:

  • Preventing injury or sickness
  • Learning to rest when you have done it
  • Finding ways to relieve stress

Ahimsa is also being a non-vegan for some yogis.

Satya: it basic mean to be truthful and trustworthy for others and himself. it will give a better enjoyment of yoga when you do it with full purity and being loyal with himself.

Asteya: it’s basic meaning not to steal things from others whether they are tangible or intangible. it also to let off the jealousy from others and not to compare yourself from others.

Brahmacharya: Brahamchraya is basic elements of Yamas but it difficult to follow in today’s modern world so it is suggested to people stay away from those things which wasting your time and draining out you and your soul.

Aparigraha: it means to be nongreedy. this Yama helps you to prevent from excess desires and live with what you have and live in present with beloved ones that are with you in present and derives the best result from present things for your happiness.


niyamas of patanjali yoga course

It composed of the following :

  • Saucha
  • Santosha
  • Tapas
  • Svayadhya
  • Ishwara Pranidhana

Saucha: it’s all about to have cleanliness in everything related to your life. if you do so you will feel ultimate happiness within himself.

Santosha: it all about to be satisfied with everything that you have in your life and you have earned in your life also it related to the things that presently you have. it is normal to have a goal, desires, etc. but it should be reminded that what can you do presently for your goal with limited assets.

Tapas: Tapas means to work hard for your desires and to make changes in your life best results. it takes you through a path which will give you roughness in your life rather than pleasure but this harder path makes you stronger for every challenge in your life and you will learn the way of life.

Svadhaya: Svadhaya is the act of self-study which is the necessity to grow. it asks to become your keeper. Through this, you can know what is exactly good for you and what is bad for you. it basically to take responsibility for yourself and what you have to do for growing in your life.

Ishvara Pranidhana: it signifies that something is bigger than humanity in the hole world which works for everyone either you can say it “God” or “belief”. because one can not control anything in this world he has to live with a belief system.


It is the physical practice of yoga. there are poses down dogs and up dogs for stretching and balancing of your body.


it relates to your breathing in which inhaling and exhaling the breath with slowly and deeply can provide you relief from stresses.


our body is made up of 5 senses which we use to connect with the surrounding world and we get pleasure and pain from these senses. we smell by our nose, we see by our eyes, we hear by our ears, we touch by our skin and we feel by our emotion. we get both pleasure and pain from these senses. In Pratyahara, we withdraw attention from these senses and we did not take pleasure and also we did not pain through these senses. so it provides us the base of Dharana which means after a long time stays in Pratyahara we can attain the condition of Dharana.


As I have discussed in the list line of the last paragraph, Dharna is the attainment of a state when we stay in pratyahara (control over senses or live without senses) for a long time. this state can never be attained without Pratyahara.


It is the third state after Pratyahara and second state after Dharana. we have to know that every limbs in this Ashtanga is dependent on other. if we miss anyone of limbs in our Yoga experience then it will be say incomplete Yoga. Dhayana is a state where mind is isolated from every taste of five senses for a long time and also it is attained a period of Dharana. the basic difference between Dharana and Dhayana is only that of time. Dhayana is a state of Meditation where a person is fully aware about his inner engineering.


It is the highest point of yoga where the mind is calm and the body is in a state of internal stability. all other principles of yoga are designed to achieve it. here all eight limbs of Yoga has been discussed and now we are moving on the origin and history of yoga.