Dharana is defined as concentration, or, the practice in which one learns to maintain fixed attention on one particular object. It is often described as the work needed to get your mind prepared and able to do mediation, or Dhyana (the 7th limb). It is the act of concentrating, the act of bringing your “monkey mind” back to this one object over and over again.
Join Jamie as she explores the concept of Dharana as well as 3 simple ways you can practice Dharana both on and off the yoga mat.
**This episode is the seventh in a sequential series exploring basic principles of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these principles to your daily life. This series is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more about yoga philosophy, as well as yoga practitioners that want to revisit their studies.**
The Eight Limbs of Yoga:
1. Yama : Moral principles
2. Niyama : Personal observances
3. Asanas : Physical 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 (today’s focus)
Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of Dhyana, the 7th Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.
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