In the years I've been fortunate enough to practice Yoga regularly, I've delved deeply into a personal exploration of the concept of the traditional 8 Limbs of the modern Yoga practice, as laid out by the sage Patanjali, some 1800-2200 years ago. Those traditional 8 Limbs consist of:
YAMAS (how to do good)
NIYAMAS (how to be good)
ASANA (exploration of embodiment through posture)
PRANAYAMA (exploration of energy through breath)
PRATYAHARA (withdrawl of externalized senses)
DHARANA (deep inner awareness)
DHYANA (spontaneous meditation)
SAMADHI (bliss or enlightenment)
This has led to a playful reinterpretation based on the stable framework of the 8 Limbs. I find integrating this personal manifesto into my experiences in Yoga and in Life brings a quality of childlike vitality to every experience. So, I share with you here, the...
THE 8 LIMBS OF AWESOME!
ENJOY YOUR BREATH.
SIT QUIETLY 20 MINUTES EVERY DAY.
LOOK AT THE NIGHT SKY IN WONDER.
FEEL EVERYTHING EQUALLY.
NEVER SKIP SAVASANA.
BE EXTREMELY CURIOUS.