Through physical and spiritual
practice, yogis are devoted to creating a union between mind, body
and spirit. According
to yoga darshana, the universe is the result of the interaction of
and the self (purusha).
The objective of yoga is to still disturbances of the mind so the
self can be liberated. These mental obstacles prevent liberation. To
help calm the mind, yoga darshana requires both moral and practical
steps known as the Eight Limbs of Yoga. They include:
- Yama – integrity, ethics.
- Niyama – self-discipline
and spiritual observance.
- Asana – posture or pose.
- Pranayama – breath
- Pratyahara – withdrawal
from the external world and detachment from the senses.
- Dharana – concentration.
- Dhyana – meditation,
- Samadhi – the state of
being one with the Divine; ecstasy.