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Embrace a Life of Balance and Fulfillment.

  • Explore yoga beyond physical postures (asana). Learn about the transformative power of Patanjali's 8 Limbs, a timeless guide to achieving holistic well-being.
  • Build your foundation with ethical principles (yama) and self-discipline (niyama), like kindness and self-care.
  • Strengthen your core with breathwork (pranayama) and meditation, reducing stress with each inhale and focused moment.
  • Explore concentration (dharana), deeper meditation (dhyana), and inner peace (samadhi).

By integrating the 8 Limbs of Yoga into your life, you embark on a transformative journey. It's a path toward self-improvement, inner harmony, and a balanced, fulfilling existence that allows you to navigate the world with greater clarity, purpose, and peace.

What you get in this on-demand course:

  • 6 Live sessions with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc
  • Lifetime access to the recordings
  • Whiteboard Drawings & Notes
  • Course completion certificate

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

The 8 limbs of yoga provide a comprehensive framework for individuals to cultivate physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, fostering a harmonious and balanced life.

The 8 limbs of yoga, as outlined by the sage Patanjali in his ancient text, the Yoga Sutras, form a foundational structure for the practice of yoga. Each limb offers valuable guidance for individuals seeking to attain a balanced and harmonious existence. These eight limbs are:

  • Yama: Yama represents ethical principles and guidelines for how individuals should interact with the external world. It includes principles such as non-violence (ahimsa), truthfulness (satya), non-stealing (asteya), continence (brahmacharya), and non-greed (aparigraha).

  • Niyama: Niyama focuses on personal observances and practices to cultivate self-discipline and inner purity. It includes principles like cleanliness (saucha), contentment (santosha), austerity (tapas), study of the self (svadhyaya), and surrender to a higher power (ishvara pranidhana).

  • Asana: Asana refers to the physical postures practiced in yoga. These postures are essential for building strength, flexibility, and balance in the body, and are commonly associated with modern yoga practices.

  • Pranayama: Pranayama involves breath control and regulation. It helps individuals manage their life force energy (prana) and enhances the connection between the body and mind, fostering mental clarity and balance.

  • Pratyahara: Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the senses from external distractions. It teaches individuals to turn their attention inward, fostering self-awareness and reducing the influence of external stimuli.

  • Dharana: Dharana focuses on concentration and one-pointed attention. It helps individuals develop a focused mind, which is essential for meditation and self-realization.

  • Dhyana: Dhyana is the practice of meditation. It involves sustained concentration on a single point, which can lead to a deep state of absorption and awareness.

  • Samadhi: Samadhi is the ultimate goal of yoga, representing a state of spiritual realization and union with the divine. It is a state of profound inner peace and oneness.

Why study the 8 limbs of yoga?

Studying the 8 limbs of yoga can help guide you on a journey of self-discovery and provide a moral foundation for living a meaningful and purposeful life. The practices of asana, pranayama, and meditation promote mental clarity and emotional balance, reducing stress and anxiety while the higher limbs, including dharana, dhyana, and samadhi, lead to spiritual growth, self-realization, and inner peace. By studying and incorporating the 8 limbs of yoga into their lives, individuals can find a path to self-improvement, inner peace, and a more balanced, harmonious existence

Lesson Plan


In the first session, we will learn about the 8 limbs of yoga and understand how they provide a comprehensive framework for individuals to cultivate physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, fostering a harmonious and balanced life.


Gain deep understanding of the Yamas (universally ethical principles) - Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Aparigraha (non-hoarding), and Brahmacharya (right use of energy). Discover how to seamlessly integrate these ancient values into your daily life.


Uncover the second limb of Ashtanga Yoga, the Niyamas. These guiding principles offer a map for personal growth through foundational practices like self-study (swadhyaya), purity (saucha), contentment (santosha), discipline (tapas), and surrender (ishvara pranidhana).

Asana and Pranayama

Explore the profound connection between yoga postures (asana), breathwork (pranayama), and Ayurvedic principles. Learn how these practices synergistically enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Pratyahara and Dharana

  1. Embark on a transformative journey through Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) and Dharana (concentration), the 5th and 6th limbs of Patanjali's framework. Learn practical skills to cultivate inner peace and pave the path for spiritual growth.

Dhyana and Samadhi

  1. Dive deep into Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (enlightenment), the final stages of the Yoga Sutras.

Live Sessions

Join Vasant Lad for 6 two-hour live sessions.

  • August 30, 2024 | 9:30-11:30am ET

  • September 6, 2024 | 9:30-11:30am ET

  • September 20, 2024 | 9:30-11:30am ET

  • October 11, 2024 | 9:30-11:30am ET

  • November 8, 2024 | 9:30-11:30am ET

  • November 22, 2024 | 8:30-10:30am ET

Meet the Teacher

Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc

As the founder and director of The Ayurvedic Institute, Vasant Lad has worked tirelessly for the last 40 years to bring the deep insights and transformative power of Ayurveda to the West. His passion for healing has garnered him respect throughout the world, and he is considered the premiere authority on Ayurveda outside of India. His webinars offer the essence of decades of teaching and clinical practice, providing you with both inspiring theory and rigorous practical application while weaving in his personal spiritual insights.

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Join this masterclass and receive

6 Live sessions with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc

Lifetime access to the recordings

Whiteboard Drawings & Notes

Course completion certificate

Awaken the Inner Yogi: A Journey Through Patanjali's 8 Limbs

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