The Yamas are the beginning of Patanjali’s 8-fold yoga path. These 5 universal codes form the foundation of the practice and are essentially moral, ethical and societal principles concerning how we approach both our internal world and the world around us. The word Yamas literally translates into “restraints” and includes:
- Ahimsa (nonviolence)
- Satya (truthfulness)
- Asteya (non-stealing)
- Brahmacharya (faithfulness)
- Aparigraha (non-attachment / non-excess)
Rather than just a negative list of don’ts, these codes instead remind us that our fundamental nature is compassionate, generous, honest and peaceful.
Jamie provides definitions and insight into each Yama and explores how you can infuse each one in your daily life.
**This episode is the second in a sequential series exploring basic principles of yoga philosophy and how you can apply these principles to your daily life. This series is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more about yoga philosophy, as well as yoga practitioners that want to revisit their studies.**
The Eight Limbs of Yoga:
- Yama : Moral principles (Episode 12)
- Niyama : Personal observances
- Asanas : Physical postures
- Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana
- Pratyahara : Control of the senses
- Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
- Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
- Samadhi : Union with the Divine (today’s focus)
Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of the Niyamas, the 2nd Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.
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