8 limbs of yoga

yama // restraint, which lets us refrain from violence, lying, and stealing niyama // observances. following a set of outlined rules that lead to contentment, purity, and tolerance

asana // the physical exercises of yoga poses

pranayama // the breathing techniques

pratyahara // the preparation for meditation, a withdrawal of the mind from the senses

dharana // a state of concentration and bring able to hold the mind on one object for a specific time

dhyana // the act of meditation, the ability to focus on nothing, or no objects, indefinitely

samadhi // absorption. being present, and the realization of the essential nature of the self.

taken from Yoga Cures // Tara Stiles