The Eight Steps

There are eight clear consecutive steps, following each other, in our ancient Yoga training. They bring your conscious, slowly and steadily, to the highest spiritual levels:

  1. Moral principles (Yamas): First you reconsider your existing habits towards violence, lies, theft, chastity and desire. Spending some time consciously becoming aware of these helps you to obtain a peaceful attitude.

  2. Moral ideals (Niyamas): Consequently you can lay a solid foundation in your social life by practicing purity, contentment, austerity, Self- study, and surrender to the Almighty.

  3. Physical poses (Asanas): Then you can achieve physical health, power and suppleness by harmonizing the activity of the related energy centers (Chakras) with physical postures.

  4. Energy control (Pranayama): Once your energy channels have been freed from big hindrances, you can then start with learning to control your two fundamental energy streams and thereby improve your vitality and physical power dramatically.

  5. Detachment (Pratyahara): Unfortunately, the above steps bring forth a highly increased sensibility. So now is the time to learn to withdraw your energy from the related perceptions.

  6. Concentration (Dharana): Only then can you achieve the successful concentration of your mind on a chosen object. Your physical and emotional health will increase. Your mental power will appear strengthened.

  7. Meditation (Dhyana): When there are no more disturbances in your concentration and you can steadily hold on to a chosen object, this means you have reached the incredible stage of total control of your thoughts.

  8. The highest step is contemplation (Samadhi): Finally you obtain true knowledge, together with an awakening of your paranormal powers, by this wonderful technique of control of your higher consciousness.

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