Yoga Primer

A Youthful Primer About Hinduism's Eight Limbed System of Meditation and Spiritual Striving

Today’s popular concept of  yoga equates it with ha†ha yoga and the practice of the ha†ha yoga âsanas, or postures. Many who practice such yoga do so solely for health benefits. However, others pursue yoga, in a deeper sense, in hopes of reaping the spiritual benefits it offers. It is to these spiritual seekers who have higher consciousness as the goal of their yoga that this Educational Insight is directed. Here we describe the path called râja yoga, the regal (râja) means to enlightenment, a classical, meditative system that is one among the numerous yogas practiced in Hinduism. Technically, it is termed ash†âˆga (eight-limbed) yoga, a name coined by Sage Patanjali, because it consists of eight stages, represented in our…