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According to Patanjali, there are 8 stages of yoga. These are :-

1) YAM -

Universal moral commandments or ethical discipline.


It consists of : –
1. Ahinsa (Non violence)
2. Satya (Truth)
3. Asteya (Non-stealing)
4. Brahamyacharya (Celibacy)
5. Aparigraha (non hording)


2) NIYAM -


1. Shaucha (Internal cleanliness of body)
2. Santosha (Contentment)
3. Tap
4. Svadhyaya (Study of the self)
5. Ishvara Pranidhana (Dedication to the lord)

3) ASAN
4) PRANAYAM

(rhythmic control of breath)

5) PRATYAHAR
6) DHARANA (Concentration)
7) DHYAN (Meditation)
8) SAMADHI

Note: The first 4 steps of Ashtang Yog can be practiced by all worldly persons. But the last 4 components can be practiced by Rishi, Munis and Yogis.



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