THE EIGHT-FOLD PATH OF ASHTANGA YOGA ACCORDING TO THE SUTRAS OF PATANJALI
Swadhyaya: religious study
Ishvar Pranidhana: surrender to God
4.PRANAYAMA: Breath Control
5.PRATYAHARA: Sense Withdrawal
DEFINITION OF THE EIGHT-FOLD PATH
The eight- fold path encompasses the entire evolutionary process of the spiritual path. At the base of these guidelines are the yamas and niyamas. They are comprised of the basic, timeless, universal ethical code of behavior and some important guidelines for daily life, leading to individual discipline.
PURPOSE OF THE EIGHT-FOLD PATH
The eight-fold path is a practical, workable system of self-development that helps to control body and mind, to live a balanced lifestyle, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Through understanding the intricate connection between body and mind, what causes distractions and obstacles in life, comes eventually leading to self-realization.