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Yoga FAQs (cont.)

How is yoga different from meditation?

Meditation (dhyana) is a part of total yoga practice. Yoga is composed of eight basic principles.

  • Rules for living in society (Yama)
  • Self-restraining rules (Niyama)
  • Low physical impact postures (Asana)
  • Breathing techniques (Pranayama)
  • Detachment of the mind from senses (Pratihara)
  • Concentration (Dharana)
  • Meditation (Dhyana)
  • Complete union with super consciousness (Samadhi)
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