Pranayama is a popular term now a days. But it is not just a breathing exercise!!! Let's see Pranayama from the eye of Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Maharishi Patanjali, the compiler of yoga sutras has enlightened the path of ashtanga yoga (the eightfold path of yoga). And Pranayama is the fourth limb of ashtanga yoga which comes after asana. He has mentioned some of the sutras about Pranayama in "Patanjali Yoga Sutra", one of the greatest work on yoga. The sutras are from chapter two, Sadhana pada starting from 49 to 53. In this blog the yoga sutras shares the knowledge about what is pranayama, stages of pranayama, goal, result and factors on which the practice depends. These five yoga sutras enlightens everything about the pranayama.
The fifth limb of ashtanga yoga, the eightfold path of yoga, is Pratyahara प्रत्याहार. Maharishi Patanjali has complied two sutras for pratyahara. The sutras are mentioned in the classical work on yoga, Patanjali Yoga Sutra. The first sutra defines the pratyahara and the second one talks about the fruit of practicing it.
Dharana - The concentration. Maharishi patanjali has compiled the yoga sutra on Dharana as "Desha Bhandhashchittasya Dharana". Focussing the chattering mind is necessary whether it is day today life or spiritual life. No work can be accomplished without focus. So lets understand the sutra for better lifestyle.
Patanjali Yoga sutra, the richest form of yogic text has given the sutra on meditation 'Dhyan'. The sutra is the second sutra of vibhuti paad (3rd chapter) of patanjali yog sutra.
Yoga is the way of life not only to have good physical health but to have sound mental health too. Ashtanga Yoga gives 8 limbs to manage the right living. How? Explained in this article. A peaceful and stress free life is guaranteed if we follow Ashtanga Yoga (Yama, Niyam, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahaar, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi). This article is an insight to modern lifestyle and a yogic lifestyle. Lets see how...