Translations:Raja yoga/13/en

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The third stage of raja yoga is the bodily postures, the asanas of hatha yoga. There are eighty-four postures, which help to strengthen the body and stabilize the mind. Thus hatha yoga has been called “the ladder to raja yoga.”[1] According to Patanjali, “Posture becomes firm and relaxed through control of the natural tendencies of the body, and through meditation on the Infinite.”[2]

  1. Alain Daniélou, Yoga: Mastering the Secrets of Matter and the Universe (Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions International, 1991), p. 31.
  2. Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 2:47, in Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, trans., How to Know God (Hollywood, Calif.: Vedanta Press, 1981), p. 161.