Ashtanga Yoga

8 branches - The path of unity

The path of change

1- YAMA

Inner purification (awareness of conditioning)

Ahimsah

Become aware of our violent thoughts

Satya

Truthfulness, sincere self-examination

Asteya

Become aware of the desire for possession

Brahmacharya

Become aware of the energy of life

Aparigraha

Become aware of mental concepts

2 - NIYAMA

External purification (consciousness of action)

Shaucha

Action without personal profit

Santosha

Satisfaction through acceptance of what is

tapah

Be determined to seek the source of consciousness

Svadhyaya

Seek to associate with the truth

Isvara Pranidana

Surrender to the divine (love)

3- ASANA

Physical purification (consciousness of the body

4 - PRANAYAMA

Subtle purification (developing awareness of the breath)

5 - PRATYAHARA

Withdrawal of the senses (conscious use of the 5 senses)

6 - DHARANA

Discernment (concentration)

7 - DHYANA

State of being (meditation)
8 - SAMADHI

State of unity, totality, liberation (pure consciousness)

Are you ready to change ?

Ashtanga Yoga

ashta = eight | ang = branch | yoga = unity

Although the word Yoga can have several  meanings, we will qualify it by change, because now something will finally change, something that we are not used to, and by conviction that life conceals a mystery huge, but that it is possible to access with simplicity of mind. By openness to what is. The pure  existence, eternal and universal, Yoga reaches the hearts of men whether we see it or not.

Ashtanga finds its origins in the Sanskrit texts, expounded by the sage Patanjali, who was the first to systematize the path of classical yoga.

These are the stages that structure the logical progression through which the practitioner passes before reaching the state of Yoga.

They are all related to each other, and can be practiced simultaneously.

The first five branches (the external support) are the foundations of the last 3 (the internal practice).

The first two branches YAMA & NIYAMA are crucial, and are often the most neglected. Without these the practice has no meaning, and does not allow the process that the practice of yoga is supposed to bring, the upward inner transformation.