In Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one’s health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.

What we practice on our mats is usually asana, the 3rd limb of this yoga path. The Sanskrit word yoga has the literal meaning of “yoke”, from a root yuj meaning to join, to unite, or to attach. So we begin to unite our focus onto these limbs of practice. While many of us learn about the benefits of the physical practice, ranging from healthy bodies, increased focus and awareness, the other limbs usually aren’t introduced until a student expresses the desire to delve deeper into the science of yoga.

Pratyahara, the fifth limb, means withdrawal or sensory transcendence. It is during this stage that we make the conscious effort to draw our awareness away from the external world and outside stimuli. Keenly aware of, yet cultivating a detachment from, our senses, we direct our attention internally. The practice of pratyahara provides us with an opportunity to step back and take a look at ourselves. This withdrawal allows us to objectively observe our cravings: habits that are perhaps detrimental to our health and which phentermine 37.5 90 tablets likely interfere with our inner growth.

This month, Street Yoga hosts local teacher and Street Yoga trainee,  Jean-Pierre Parent for our Peer Support Meeting. These free gatherings are open to all of our volunteers, plus any community members interested in learning more about our work of yoga service.

Jean-Pierre brings to our community over 20 years of varied yoga studies in the U.S. and India. His teaching style draws from a wide variety of traditions and weaves together movement, breathing, mantra, Vedic philosophy and Western science to enourage the re-wiring of habitual movement and thought patterns. JP’s classes style are accessible to all and focus on fun, sustainibility, curiosity and community.

February 27 • 7pm – 9pm
Hosted by: Yoga Pilates NE http://www.yogapilatesne.com/ :: 4943 NE MLK JR BLVD Suite 104 

Pratyahara for Recovery and Bliss

Most current recovery protocols deal with trauma and addiction from the outside-in with the goal of being able to “bear” reality.  Yoga works from the inside-out, going to the root causes of habitual actions and reactions where they live in the subtle and causal bodies.  Join us for a look at chemical dependance and physical and emotional triggers as the dysfunctional discharge of built-up prana, therapeutic sound and mantra, and the expansion of the senses as they take us from survival and control to bliss and liberation, the ultimate goal of yoga.

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  1. […] a quiet moment (or many) to absorb this teaching from Street Yoga’s volunteer yoga teacher, Jean-Pierre. The video is over an hour, and the Portland Street Yoga Community enjoyed every minute! Take your […]

  2. Maria Bowers says:

    I Teach Yoga at a teen detention center and enjoy your blogs. I play games with the girls because they get bored quickly. we play simon says, red light green light and I am wondering if you can suggest other games. When they are in a game they will do a pose and freeze–we laugh–and have fun although the poses are not perfect. Namaste,