The Niayams are the second step on Patanjali’s 8-fold yoga path. These 5 observances are practices of self-training. They help us cultivate happiness and confidence. And just like the Yamas, there are opportunities to practice them every single day. The Niyamas include:
6. Saucha (purity)
7. Santosha (contentment)
8. Tapas (self-disipline)
9. Svadhyaya (sefl-study)
10. Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender)
In this episode, Jamie provides definitions and insight into the Niyamas and explores how you can infuse each one in your daily life.
**This episode is the third 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:
1. Yama : Moral principles
2. Niyama : Personal observances (Episode 13)
3. Asanas : Physical postures
4. Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana
5. Pratyahara : Control of the senses
6. Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
7. Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine (today’s focus)
Next Episode in this Series: An Exploration of Asana, the 3rd Limb of Patanjali’s eight-fold path.
Jamie’s Recommended Resources:
Shiva Rea – http://www.shivarea.com/
Ashtanga Worldwide – http://ashtangayogaworldwide.com/
The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele – https://www.amazon.com/Yamas-Niyamas-Exploring-Ethical-Practice/dp/0974470643
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