Today's yoga culture heavily focuses on the physical practice of yoga, but it is important to know that the asanas are only a small piece of the yoga journey. The other seven limbs of Patanjali's eight-limbed yoga system receive much less attention in a studio setting and in the Western culture overall.
The Niyamas of yoga are the second limb of Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga system and relate to personal observance. They're strictly an internal practice, but if you're already familiar with the physical practice of yoga, these five poses can also help you learn the Niyamas and gain a deeper, more internal practice.
As you connect movements with the Niyamas, you will help improve your quality of life and that of those around you while maintaining a positive and healthy environment.
Here are five poses that can you connect with the Niyamas of yoga.