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Description of YogaHere are some quotations from Light on Yoga that describe what yoga is all about. Note that although these quotations make sense out of context, there is a lot of context that I am leaving out.
Yoga is one of the six orthodox systems of Indian philosophy. It was collated, co-ordinated, and systematised by Patañjali in his classical work, the Yoga Sutras, which consists of 185 terse aphorisms.
Note that the third point, the practice of asanas, is the source of the popular image of yoga.
The eight limbs of Yoga are described in the second chapter. The first of these is yama (ethical disciplines)—the great commandments transcending creed, country, age, and time. They are: ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), brahmacharya (continence) and aparigraha (non-coveting).
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