Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga provide a scaffolding for the comprehensive practice of yoga. As the third and fourth of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, asana (posture practice) and pranayama (breathing practice) create the bridge to the more internal, meditative practices of the fifth through eighth limbs. In the yoga tradition, Hatha Yoga is the combination of posture practice and breathing practices. Linking body positions with breathing creates the “steady and comfortable” or “firm and soft” balance described in Sutra...

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