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Raja Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, with commentary by Sri Swami Sivananda - Random SelectionRaja Yoga Sutra Selection # 87
From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"
II.29. YAMA-NIYAMA-ASANA-PRANAYAMA-PRATYAHARA-DHARANA-DHYANA-SAMADHAYO 'STA ANGANI.
'"Yama", "niyama", "asana", "pranayama", "pratyahara", "dharana", "dhyana", and "samadhi" are the eight limbs.
The eight limbs can be translated as: A) Yama: Abstentions or restraints B) Niyama: Observances which cultivate positive qualities C) Asana: Yoga postures D) Pranayama: Yogic breathing E) Pratyahara: Withdrawal of senses E) Dharana: Concentration F) Dhyana: Meditation G) Samadhi: Superconsciousness
Raja Yoga is sometimes called 'Ashtanga Yoga', or Yoga of eight limbs. They translate, in the order given above, as self restraints, observances, postures, regulation of breath, withdrawal of the mind from sense objects, concentration, meditation and the superconscious state.