The ‘Eight Limbs of Yoga’


Samadhi (Sanskrit ‘putting together’) is the final step in the Ashtanga. In this final stage, the body and mind are in a state of complete rest, yet are intensely alert. As Patanjali believed, it is the state of bliss. In essence, Samadhi is being one with the object of meditation; a state of being entirely aware of the present moment and a single direction of the mind.

Because of this, Samadhi refers to a ‘true’ yoga, in the sense that there is now a separation between the self, and the illusionary conceptions of reality. The mind has stopped consciously, and there is only the experience of the present and truth. This is often called ‘bliss’ because of the ability to experience the world without the biases we, often unconsciously, exhibit to the world. It is the ability to see the world equally and, in many ways, objectively in its most honest form.


  • Michael Washburn (1988), The Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A Transpersonal Theory of Human Development, State University of New York Press

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