Yoga teacher training is an incredible experience! Yoga is so much more than the physical movement, and it’s been exciting learning about the eightfold path of yoga and how to extend my yoga practice off the mat.
I find the below definition of the eightfold path from Yoga Journal to be insightful:
“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.”
– Yoga Journal
This week in teacher training we studied the yamas and niyamas, the first and second limbs of yoga. Yamas are external and focus on how we conduct ourselves within the world. Niyamas focus on self-discipline and are inwardly focused. I feel the below quote really sums up this week’s lesson!
The beautiful thing about teaching yoga is that it’s a lifelong learning experience, and I’m thrilled to be starting this journey!