YOGA    
Raja Yoga राज योग = Asthanga Yoga means eight limbs of Yoga.
Yogesh Saini   Yama यम
 
Social ethics of non-violence, truth, non-stealing, continence, and non-coveting
  Niyama नियम
 
Personal ethics of purity, contentment, ardour, study, devotion
  Asana आसन
 
Discipline of the body through posture to provide a sound base for taming the mind
  Pranayama प्रणायाम
  Discipline of the breath to refine the base developed through asana
Pratyahara प्रत्याहार    
Beginning mental concentration, holding to a single object for about 10-20 seconds ) This is the start of meditation, in proper. Achievement to this level brings mental control over the sense gates, so that one can withdraw from sense experience. This is useful because it allows one to further purify the mind and heart without the normal distractions of the mind and senses.
 
Dharana धारणा  
Intermediate mental concentration, holding to a single object for 2-4 minutes
 
Dhyana ध्यान  
Advanced mental concentration, holding to a single object for 30-40 minutes
 
Samadhi समाधि   
Very advanced mental concentration, holding to a single object for 6 hours or more ) The most advanced practitioners can remain in samadhi indefinitely.  
         
     
   
   
   
   
         
 
  2008 Yogesh Yoga