The 8 Limbs with Janet Stone

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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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 : IG @janetstoneyoga Facebook @janetstoneyoga


  • 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 thwy 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 body?

  • 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?


Nicolai Bachman, The path of the Yoga Sutras

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