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The 8 Limbs with Janet Stone

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For our 25th episode, I sat down with Janet Stone. Janet is a world renowned teacher and forever yoga student at heart. Her devotion to the practice and the study of yoga is palpable. She’s based in San Francisco and I discovered her work at the Yoga Journal Live event a couple years back. I loved her teachings right away and continued to follow her work online. She offers great programs for students that want to take the studies a little further than what we can cover in public classes. And that’s what we sat down to talk about today.

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  • Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your yoga journey?
  • What are the eight limbs of yoga and why do we need to know about them? Why do they exist?
  • Why are they in that order?
  • Where do we start and where are we trying to go?
  • To understand them a bit better can we unpack it and break it down limb by limb and discuss each of them?
  • For teachers that might not feel comfortable teaching explicitly the Yamas to their classes, how can they act in a way that embodies the Yamas so they teach by example instead?
  • What are the Niyamas in contrast to the Yamas?
  • What’s missing to the physical practice if there’s no attention on the Yamas and Niyamas?
  • In your opinion, can we say we practice yoga if we don’t practice physical movements?
  • Or if we only practice physical movement?
  • How do we want to practice?
  • What kind of quality are we looking for with our bodies?
  • Can you explain what prana is?
  • What’s the difference between pratyahara and the following limbs?
  • How can people cultivate Dharana?
  • Can people hope to find samadhi?
  • Is it attainable for average yogi today?


Janet Stone’s studentship began at 17 under the meditation teachings of Prem Rawat. His reverence for simplicity and finding joy in the rise and fall of life live on in her practice and teaching today.

She shares from the alchemy of her own sadhana through bhakti yoga and the eight-limbed path.

In 1996, she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, and became dedicated to the path of yoga. Based in San Francisco, she leads immersions, retreats, workshops and more.

Find more about her and her offerings here:

website : janetstoneyoga.com

IG @janetstoneyoga

Facebook @janetstoneyoga


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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Yoga Teacher and Life Coach.

I have a passion for helping women in their personal growth, so they can feel that anything is possible in life. Blogging is one way I do that; another medium for me to share a more personal side of the whole journey. Self-Study, awareness, and inquiry are a big part of my path. Join me as I use my experiences as the base for the lessons I want to share. I write about what I know and what helps me, hoping that it will help you.

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