Studying the Eight Limbs of Yoga
Tân’si, Hello, Welcome!
I'm Dr. Melissa Jay, an Indigenous psychologist, assistant professor, and trauma-informed yoga teachers. It is a joy & privilege to integrate ancient wisdom traditions with modern psychology theory & concepts.
On our Canmore Counselling Instagram and Facebook, I led a 2.5 month study dedicated to the Eight Limbs of Yoga. I am now adding them here, for those who would a place to explore and discuss futher! Thank you for being here.
*You may wish to start by connecting with your breath*
Nice big inhale
Nice big exhale
Notice what you notice, mind-body-spirit-heart.
Most of us come to yoga through asana (postures) which is why we often hear yoga referred to as a physical practice or workout, a colonized view of the ancient tradition of yoga. Within Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, an ancient text, Patañjali shared the eight limb path. The Eight Limbs of Yoga offer us insights and opportunity for continual growth... as we offer ourselves time and space to slow down and connect with each limb, we deepen our connection with ourselves and others by welcoming a safer space to grow. The eight limb path invites us to walk our talk.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga:
1. Yamas (the outer ethical codes)
4. Pranayama (breath control)
5. Pratyahara (withdraw of senses)
6. Dharana (Mindfulness)
7. Dhyana (Meditation)
8. Samadhi (Unity)
As we learn to live yoga, off the mat, we embrace opportunities to notice how we are being, moment-to-moment. As we honour the roots of yoga, we uncover how the practice of yoga supports us to move through difficulty with compassion and resilience. As we continue practicing mind-body-spirit-heart integration, we naturally integrate our practice into everything.
The Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School is dedicated to amplifying the roots of yoga and these teachings are an interagal part of our trainings. Yoga School.
I created this yoga school to support people on their journey, as helpers. Together with an incredible faculty, we offer 200-Hour trauma-informed yoga psychology teacher training (four-month or intensive) as well as a 300-Hour advanced trauma-informed yoga psychology teacher training, as well as ongoing yoga psychology workshops.
How do you support yourself in connecting mind-body-spirit-heart?
Dr. Melissa Jay
I am grateful to be continuing to learn from Susanna Barkataki about honouring the roots of yoga. Thank you for your teachings, Susanna.
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Dr. Melissa Jay is an Indigenous, Nehiyaw-Métis member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. We at Canmore Counselling respectfully acknowledges the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We are privileged to live on sacred lands and celebrate all of the Indigenous peoples, who live, work, play, and care for these lands. As an act of reconciliation and decolonization, may we work together to answer the TRC's Calls to Action: Truth & Reconciliation Commission Reports and Findings.