The Fourth Limb of Patanjali’s Eight Fold Path: Pranayama (Breath Control)

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In 2013 I covered the first three limbs of Ashtanga yoga – yama, niyama and asana.  Now we are going to explore the fourth limb: pranayama (breath control). Just a reminder that the eight limbs of Patanjali’s Eight Fold Path are: Yama (restraint) Niyama (observances) Asana (posture) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (controlling the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi (absolute consciousness) This month’s focus: PRANAYAMA Pranayama lies in the heart of yoga.  Prana means ‘life force or energy’ and yama as you know means to control.  So pranayama is described as breath control. Prana means vital energy by which we … Read More