The Spirit of Yoga: A unique journey through the Eight Limbs of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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9780007108824: The Spirit of Yoga: A unique journey through the Eight Limbs of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

A truly beautiful and inspiring journey through the yoga sutras of Patanjali.

In this gorgeous book, professional photographer and yoga teacher Cat De Rham brings her own personal vision to the yoga sutras in words and pictures. Written over 2,000 years ago, the yoga sutras are a step-by-step guide to the attainment of true liberation. There are eight stages or limbs of this quest: the eight limbs of yoga.

The book is structured around the eight limbs identified in the yoga sutras of Patanjali as follows:

Yama: the practice of universal ethical disciplines
Niyama: the practice of individual disciplines
Asana: the practice of postures or body exercises to develop agility, balance, strength and vitality
Pranayama: the practice of regulating the breath
Pratyahara: the practice of mastering the senses
Dharana: the practice of focusing the mind
Dhyana: meditation
Samadhi: union with the Supreme Being

In this thought-provoking book Cat leads you through the eight limbs, from Yama, the practice of universal ethical disciplines right through to Samadhi, union with the supreme being, shedding light on their philosophical background, and sharing personal hints and practical tips on how they translate into both the practice of yoga and our everyday lives. Along with her stunning artwork and inspirational quotes Cat shares the insights that she has gained along her own personal path to fulfilment.

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About the Author:

Cat de Rham is a professional photographer and yoga teacher living in London. She was born in Malaysia & grew up living on a sailboat in South East Asia. It was in the process of reconciling the idyllic & natural environment of her childhood with the realities of urban life that Cat developed a deep interest in ancient healing arts & spiritual practices.
Michele Gill has a longstanding personal interest in spiritual practices and spent five years working with a team of researchers investigating the effects of complementary therapy on the quality of life and health of people living with serious illnesses. She currently lives in London where she runs a portfolio career working as a mediator, facilitator & trainer in the area of conflict management & resolution.

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The ritual of practice
The moment you unroll your mat you are entering a disciplined practice. Honour it as such
Begin each practice by sitting or standing for a few minutes in silence. This creates a psychological break from concerns of everyday life and helps to bring the focus and intent necessary to complete your practice
Always end by resting the body in shavasana. This allows the effects of your practice to settle peacefully in the body. It is also time to refresh the mind by letting go and slipping out of mind-talk. The practice of asanas will have quited the mind. Shavasana is the time to enjoy theis effect.
When leaving shavasana, gently roll over to one side and wait for a few moments before opening your eyes to allow the body and mind to adjust to the "real" world. Bring care and attention when rolling up your mat, keeping your focus alive until the very end. Eventually this focus will start to flow out of your practice and into your life.

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