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योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः - Yogas citta vritti nirodhah
Patanjali defines Yoga as the removal of ignorance, egoism, desire, aversion and attachment. There are eight limbs of yoga. Each of the limbs is focusing on one aspect of our development. Our body can be directly experienced and is easy to work with. This makes Asana practice very popular.
It often looks like Yoga poses are done to become flexible, strong and acrobatic. That is a nice benefit but the ultimate goal is a mental one. Our body is tightly connected with our mind. The practice of Asanas allows us to explore that collaboration of mind, body and breath.
Let's explore some of the many Asana poses.