Patanjali yoga is often identified with raja yoga directly, for they are regarded as synonymous. However, for the sake of argument we will consider raja yoga as being the group name of all the different paths that are introspective in nature. The system of Patanjali yoga consists of eight steps or limbs which the aspirant must progressively master on the path to self-realization9.
1. Yamas (self-restraints)
2. Xiyamas (self-observances)
3. Asanas (postures)
4. Pranayama (regulation of prana through breath control)
5. Pratyahara (disassociation of consciousness with the outside environment)
6. Dharana (concentration)
7. Dhyana (meditation)
8. Sa?nadhi (identification with pure consciousness).
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