TEN COMMANDMENTS OF YOGA

Within these “Ten Commandments of Yoga”, there is no right or wrong, no heaven or hell… simply a path to states of happiness and away from suffering and difficulty.

the yamas, or RESTRAINTS recommended actions to avoid.

  • ahimsa: nonharming
  • satya: truthfulness
  • asteya: nonstealing
  • brahmacharya: energy moderation
  • aparigraha: nongrasping

the niyamas,  OBSERVANCES recommendations to strive for.

  • saucha: purity
  • santosha: contentment
  • tapas: right effort
  • svadhyaya: self-study
  • Ishvara pranidhana: dedication to the highest

“The yamas are really about restraining behaviors that are motivated by grasping, aversion, hatred and delusion. The niyamas are concepts designed to create well-being for ourselves and others,” says Stephen Cope The Wisdom Yoga.

The yamas and niyamas are not steps to be followed… instead they’re merely tools. When you build a garden for instance, there are no rules to follow, it is an experiment.

Perhaps, happiness is too.

To read more on the yamas and niyamas read Yoga’s Ten Commandments below.

“The yamas are really about restraining behaviors that are motivated by grasping, aversion, hatred and delusion. The niyamas are concepts designed to create well-being for ourselves and others,” says Stephen Cope The Wisdom Yoga.

“The path of practice [of ashtanga yoga] begins with understanding the different dimensions of who you are, and it unfolds progressively, not all at once” says Gary Kraftsow a Yoga Sutra scholar. “The whole goal of yoga is Self-realization, which can be called freedom.” The yamas and the niyamas give you infinite opportunities to truly transform your life.”

The key lies in aligning your life with the yamas and niyamas. This will lead you to: peace, truth, abundance, purity, self acceptance, love, and a meaningful connection to the Divine– or Happiness.

the yamas, or RESTRAINTS recommended actions to avoid.

  • ahimsa: nonharming
  • satya: truthfulness
  • asteya: nonstealing
  • brahmacharya: energy moderation
  • aparigraha: nongrasping

the niyamas,  OBSERVANCES recommendations to strive for.

  • saucha: purity
  • santosha: contentment
  • tapas: right effort
  • svadhyaya: self-study
  • Ishvara pranidhana: dedication to the highest

To read more in depth about the Yamas and the Niyamas visit “Path To Happiness” on Yoga Journal.com

Namaste.

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