Yoga is a 5000 year old system meant to help us achieve everlasting happiness.
Yoga as is popularly known, is a system of stretching that makes us flexible and promotes good health. But happiness
is not just about good health alone. Are all healthy people happy? Of course not. Unless we can control the mind and its desires we can
never be happy. Yoga urges us to search for happiness within.
Around the year 300 B.C a great yogi from India by the name of Patanjali systematized yoga into a system called 'Ashtanga Yoga'. 'Asthanga' in
Sanksrit literally means 'eight-limbed'. Patanjali's Ashtanga yoga is an eight step process which leads to happiness.
The 'yoga' that we popularly know (the postures and exercises) is just one of the eight steps (the third step) and is known as
Hatha Yoga (hatha means 'forceful')
The table below summarizes the eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga. Hover the mouse on any item to get the detailed meaning.