Yoga Philosophy: Yamas

learn about yoga Dec 29, 2020
Let's look at the first limb of yoga: Yamas.⁠
 
The Yamas can be thought of as 'moral restraints' and contains 5 practices known as:⁠ ⁠
 
✨ Ahimsa (non-violence/harming)⁠
✨ Satya (truthfulness)⁠
✨ Asteya (non-stealing)⁠
✨ Brahmacharya (continence/right use of energy)⁠
✨ Aparigraha (non-coveting/greed)⁠ ⁠
 
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, it is said that 'these great vows are universal, not limited by class, place, time, or circumstances'.⁠ ⁠
 
Observing the Yamas is not something we only do on our yoga mat. These practices were meant to be observed in our everyday lives and our on-the-mat yoga practice can help us to be more mindful in order to do this. ⁠
 
We'll be going into each of these Yamas in more detail in future posts. Stay tuned for the next yoga philosophy post where we'll have a deeper look at the first Yama: Ahimsa.⁠ ⁠
 
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