The core of Amrit’s Wellness Philosophy
The goal of the time-honored science of the Eight Limbs of Patanjali Yoga is to help people achieve congruity in terms of thoughts, words, and actions. The heart of Patanjali’s teachings is the Eightfold Path of Yoga, also called the Eight Limbs of Patanjali. This philosophy explains that, like the intertwining branches of a tree in the forest, so do Patanjali’s eight suggestions for living a better, more balanced life relate and intertwine. While the Five Pillars of Wellness can be viewed as the path, constantly adapting to improve one’s journey to wellness for life, the Eight Limbs of Patanjali Yoga are the map to living a balanced life.
YAMA: Yama is social behavior; how you treat others and the world around you. It includes general human principles like not causing harm to any creature by thought or deed, incorporating an honest and truthful way of life by not cheating, not stealing and freeing oneself from greed and material wants.
NIYAMA: Niyama is inner discipline and responsibility; how we treat ourselves. By practicing the principles of Niyama, you achieve purity of body and mind. It helps to develop contentment by developing satisfaction with what one has, body discipline, mental control and helps achieve a greater awakening.
ASANA: Asana is Discipline of the Body; rules and postures to keep it disease-free and for preserving vital energy. Correct postures are a physical aid to meditation, for they control the limbs and nervous system and prevent them from producing disturbances.
PRANAYAMA: Pranayama is Control of Breath. Beneficial to health, steadies the body and is highly conducive to the concentration of the mind.
PRATYADHARA: Pratayahara is the withdrawal of senses from their external objects, or “gaining mastery over external influences.”
DHARANA: Dharana is the concentration of the mind upon a physical object, such as a candle flame or a lamp, and gently pushing away superfluous thoughts.
DHYANA: Dhyana is uninterrupted meditation without an object. Concentration (dharana) leads to the state of meditation. The goal of meditation is not unconsciousness or nothingness. It is heightened awareness and oneness with the universe.
SAMADHI: The ultimate goal of the eightfold path to yoga is Samadhi or absolute bliss. This is pure contemplation, super-consciousness, in which you and the universe are one. It is said that those who have achieved samadhi are enlightened.
The Five Pillars of Wellness
Amrit’s philosophy of The Five Pillars of Wellness is to guide individuals through a personalized journey of healthy practices that culminate in their own wellness for life. The Pillars each have their specific focus and blend together to create a unique offering of wellness practices to suit each of Amrit’s residents and guests needs.
Whilst the Eight Limbs of Patanjali Yoga are the map to living a balanced life, The Five Pillars of Wellness can be viewed as the path, constantly adapting to improve one’s journey to wellness for life. They are fluid, with each contributing to the wellness of the individual. The focus of the Five Pillars will change, based on goals and needs, with each Pillar contributing to one’s Personal Roadmap to Wellness for Life.