Many yoga students look to Patanjali as the father of yoga - however Patanjali was a sage who compiled the Yoga Sutras and took from various ideas on Yoga that had existed before such as the Ashtanga or eight limbed path. Patanjali explains that Samadhi is a state of meditative absorption, attained by the practice of Dharana (focused attention) and Dhyana (effortless meditation) when the True Essential Nature is known, without the distortion of the mind. Concentration connected with the 4 noble path-moments (magga), and fruition-moments (phala), is called supermundane (lokuttara), having Nibbāna as object.

Attend to the physical practices of asana and pranayama to find comfort in your body and mind. Thus, through samadhi (complete merging with the object), individual consciousness disappears and merges with the entire Universe. Mindfulness meditation, or Vippasana includes a broad investigation of phenomena, such as our thoughts, our feelings, and our emotions.

However, to develop a fully integrated practice and achieve the final objectives of control over the mind, one needs to include in their routine all the eight limbs in some form. Those who are called to service, practice Karma Yoga, of which there are millions in every walk of life, every corner of the world, every race and creed and of both genders, while those who travel the path of knowledge are Jnana Yogis.

In this article we will be reviewing the more mainstream practices of yoga which are derived from the tradition of yogic spirituality. Many people who practice yoga view it as being a great way to improve their health or enhance the function of their minds. After having attained jhana, when retreating from one-pointed-ness, the mind re-enters upacara-samadhi Then we need to take up contemplation of the body.

This work epitomizes the principles and practices of yoga as it brings together all the various strands and thoughts re yoga philosophy into one comprehensive bundle of knowledge. Sadhana Pada or Spiritual Practice - explains methods of practice to attain the yogic goal of Samadhi.

In the present-day world, people seem to use the words meditation and Yoga interchangeably. Emphatic love defines the practice of bhakti yoga as the practitioner devotes their whole being towards the spiritual divine. So in Yogasana one rests one's body in a comfortable and static posture so that Buddha all other succeeding limbs are practiced easily and one reaches upto the last limb i.e. Samadhi.
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