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Digital Subscriptions > OM Yoga Magazine > Jul-18 > THE EIGHTFOLD PATH OF YOGA PART THREE


A modern introduction to the eightfold path of yoga (part three). Concentration ‘Dharana’; Meditation ‘Dhyana’ and State of Bliss ‘Samadhi’.

The last two months we have explored The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, specifically the eightfold path of yoga. Our journey took us via the moral rules of living ‘Yama’ and individual behaviour observances ‘Niyama’, and to physical posture ‘Asana’, breathing exercises ‘Pranayama’ and sense withdrawal ‘Pratyahara’.

After practicing these steps we’ve now arrived at the final stage of this path. All that has to do with yoga, regardless the specific style or history, is geared towards reaching a state of transcendence or liberation. Most of us know this as enlightenment or as Patanjali calls it: ‘Samadhi’. The first five limbs of the path will have prepared you to continue your journey inward. You have learned to moderate and consciously shape your behaviour; you have committed to a healthier or cleaner lifestyle; you have disciplined both your body and mind, and you have started to turn inward by withdrawing your senses from the outside world.

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Yoga + Tea = Happiness. It’s a simple equation, but in our book, it’s one that works. In this issue of OM magazine, we have a special report on all things tea, that wonderful elixir that will keep you hydrated and happy all day long. There are some magical blends out there for you to try and some wonderful stories behind the brands, so why not make a quick cuppa and explore it all with us this month? We’ve also got lots of great stories on amazing yoga people, such as senior yoga instructor Ruth White, and Ivor Campbell-Davys of YogaFit Retreats. This month, you’ll also find a whole range of other goodies to complement your healthy yoga lifestyle, from yummy recipes and travel ideas, through to spiritual and anatomical insight. Whatever you’re doing, make some time for OM.