Asana: The Third Limb of Yoga

If someone were to ask you to depict what a yoga class looks like they might describe an area filled with fit and healthy yogis doing challenging postures, head stands and/or holding the standing pose – bird of paradise . In today’s day, this does exist and it can be slightly intimidating. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (his writing on yoga philosophy), he describes yoga (meaning to yoke or unite – mind, body, & spirit) as an eight-limbed path. At first I was surprised that the asana (yoga poses) are not the first, nor the second limb on Patanjali’s eight-limb […]

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