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Wellness Question of the Week: What’s the Difference Between Yoga and Meditation?

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Question: Is yoga meditation? Do they go hand in hand?

Megan’s Answer: Yoga means the union of mind, body and spirit. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the foundational text of Raja yoga, there are eight limbs or steps that form a framework for a person’s yoga practice.

Many people think of the Asanas, or yoga poses, as “yoga” but there are 7 other steps that are a part of the path to that union of mind, body and spirit. These eight steps act as a roadmap to live a meaningful life with connection to yourself and universal divinity. Meditation, if not directly, is a part of each of these steps.

In brief, the eight limbs, or steps to yoga, are as follows:

  1. Yama :  Universal morality
  2. Niyama :  Personal observances
  3. Asanas :  Body postures
  4. Pranayama :  Breathing exercises, and control of prana
  5. Pratyahara :  Control of the senses
  6. Dharana :  Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
  7. Dhyana :  Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
  8. Samadhi :  Union with the Divine

By Megan Monahan

Previously:

  • “Wellness Question of the Week: How Do I Meditate?”
  • “Wellness Question of the Week: How Can I Deal with Anxiety at Work?”

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