Yoga philosophy and the Eight Limbs

Yoga is a path of conscious living and a spiritual practice that guides the practitioner towards self-knowledge, liberation and the cessation of personal suffering. It is divided into eight limbs, which can be seen both as aspects and stages of yoga practice. These are described in the yoga sutras, compiled around 200 BCE by the great sage Patanjali. In the modern world, these eight limbs are often associated with the yoga that bears this same name, Ashtanga yoga (the yoga of eight limbs), the most well-known form of which was originally taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

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Yoga is the suspension of the fluctuations of the mind.

The essence and the main facets of Ashtanga yoga are Vinyasa (the link between movement and breath), Ujjayi Pranayama (a powerful heat-producing breath), Drishti (gaze) and the Bandhas (internal energy locks). This is where students cultivate their inner focus and strength through effort, and acquire confidence, physical strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.


Yoga is known to bring the mind and body together by focusing on three distinct elements: breath, movement, and meditation. This popular practice is the ultimate mind, body, and spirit medicine. Yoga asana is the physical practice of the postures (yoga poses) on the mat. There are a variety of schools, practices and goals within yoga, and there is a rich yoga community in Bali. Let us know if there is a specific style you would like to practice, and we will connect you with the right practitioner for you.

Yoga therapy is the application of yoga practices to alleviate physical and mental health conditions, with a view to promoting self-care and reconnecting intuitively to the body and its needs. It has a direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing anxiety and stress through specific breathing exercises combined with movement. Mindfulness is a core element in yoga therapy, both in cultivating body awareness and in adopting healthy habits. Yoga therapy combines yoga techniques with the knowledge, experience and intuition, that help alleviate specific problems (whether physical, mental, and/or spiritual).

Bali is known throughout the world as a bastion of yoga, and PRANA BALI is able to offer clients a range of private yoga classes to suit any level through USADA BALI.


The Sanskrit word bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means “to adore or worship God.” Bhakti yoga has been called “love for love’s sake” and “union through love and devotion.” Bhakti yoga, like any other form of yoga, is a path to self-realization, or the experience of oneness with all things. 

Most of us are unlikely to be practicing devotion to a Hindu deity, a guru, or “God” as a patriarchal figure in white robes. In a more modern context, the practice of bhakti yoga is based more upon a connection with a more inclusive idea of the Divine, that encompasses the notions of the Beloved, the Spirit, the Self, or Source. As you tap into this universal love, you naturally develop a sense of trust that this benevolent, wise universe provides for our needs. It becomes easier to relax, and to generate positive energy for others.

Bhakti yoga values love and tolerance. It is one of six systems of yoga honored throughout history as paths that can lead to full awareness of our true nature.

One way to connect with this wisdom is in song, particulary devotional hymns to God, or call-and-response chanting, is one of the traditional forms of bhakti yoga; the word means “praise.” In India, people worship specific deities by singing songs of praise to them.


Recently Yin Yoga is getting a lot of attention as our “yang” dominated modern lifestyle calls for more balance. While the physical practice of Yin Yoga involves long, opening asanas, there is so much more to Yin Yoga than just the physical stretching and rejuvenation. The stimulation of the acupuncture meridians is a gateway to emotional healing and the release of energetic blockages.

While initially Yin Yoga can seem passive, there is actually quite a challenge in finding the edge in the poses and then holding them for a long time. Sometimes the biggest challenge is to be still and just be. The stillness of long held static stretches creates the space to practice mindfulness and cultivate awareness. We embrace our own physical limitations rather than trying to fight against them. We practice acceptance, surrendering to gravity and connecting our body to a serene state of mind.

The Yin Yoga Therapy practice is designed to create the space to unwind the body, clear the mind, and open the heart. To allow energetic healing to take place.

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