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By Deborah Adele. Beyond moral precepts, the yamas and niyamas are guidelines for living a healthy life. With the voice of a storyteller, Deborah Adele brings this ancient wisdom to light with modern tales common to us all. This is the behavior we need for a sustainable world. It is one that I have been looking for, for a long time.

10 Ways to Bring the Yamas + Niyamas Into Your Yoga Practice

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. Long before the West embraced sweaty asana classes and tight-fitting yoga pants, yoga infiltrated culture in a much bigger, deeper way, providing practitioners with a fundamental philosophy for how to make their way through the world. In the Yoga Sutra , a seminal collection of texts written between the second century BCE and fifth century CE, philosophers outline an eight-limbed , step-by-step path for purifying the body and mind.

The ultimate goal: to help practitioners cultivate a steady mind, leading to calm bliss. The first two stops on the path, even before the physical postures called asana, are ethical principles that are supposed to guide how we relate to other people and how we take care of ourselves.

The five yamas ask practitioners to avoid violence, lying, stealing, wasting energy, and possessiveness, while the five niyamas ask us to embrace cleanliness and contentment, to purify ourselves through heat, to continually study and observe our habits, and to surrender to something greater than ourselves.

Many of these principles have multifaceted nuances. Because these principles were written thousands of years ago and once considered mandatory vows for any yoga practitioner, the yamas and the niyamas can be difficult ideas to market or embrace in a secular, contemporary society. And practicing the yama of non-possessiveness aparigraha could be interpreted as letting go of old grudges.

The benefits of paying attention to the yamas and niyamas may not be as instantly gratifying as a good asana class, but they can be deep and long lasting. So how can you incorporate these time-tested moral and ethical codes into your own life and practice? Start with the poses, mudras hand-and-finger gestures , and mantras a sacred utterance repeated continuously below, designed to help you embody and explore all 10 yamas and niyamas.

Each of the practices below embodies a yama or niyama, helping you to reflect on the unique lessons it provides. The asana is also accompanied by a mudra, meditation , and mantra that focus you on the subtle and not-so-subtle ways each yama or niyama plays out in your life. Hold each pose, with its mudra, for three to five breaths, mindfully chanting, aloud or internally, its accompanying mantra.

Do each practice on its own or link them together as a sequence. Ahimsa non-harming Satya truthfulness Asteya non-stealing Aparigraha non-possessiveness Brahmacharya maintenance of vitality. Tapas purification through discipline Santosha contentment Saucha purity Svadhyaya self-study Ishvara Pranidhana devotion to a higher power. Her integrative approach invites students to unite mind, body, and spirit.

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The Yamas Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice

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Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. Long before the West embraced sweaty asana classes and tight-fitting yoga pants, yoga infiltrated culture in a much bigger, deeper way, providing practitioners with a fundamental philosophy for how to make their way through the world. In the Yoga Sutra , a seminal collection of texts written between the second century BCE and fifth century CE, philosophers outline an eight-limbed , step-by-step path for purifying the body and mind. The ultimate goal: to help practitioners cultivate a steady mind, leading to calm bliss. The first two stops on the path, even before the physical postures called asana, are ethical principles that are supposed to guide how we relate to other people and how we take care of ourselves. The five yamas ask practitioners to avoid violence, lying, stealing, wasting energy, and possessiveness, while the five niyamas ask us to embrace cleanliness and contentment, to purify ourselves through heat, to continually study and observe our habits, and to surrender to something greater than ourselves.

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Therapy, and Meditation. She is also trained as a Gestalt practitioner and a Somatic Educator. Deborah is a keen and innovative thinker, and, in whatever. Her life is enriched by their two sons and four grandchildren.

4 Response
  1. Raoul B.

    “Deborah's book, e Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's. Ethical Practice, really brings these jewels to the light and to the world. As a yoga teacher I have.

  2. Nicolas M.

    Truthfulness is refraining from lying with an additional emphasis on being more authentic and more real. As a partner to nonviolence, truthfulness prevents.

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