The Yamas  Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice

The Yamas Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice Review

The first two limbs of the eight-fold path of yoga sutras—the basic text for classical yoga—are examined in this spiritual guide to the practice of yoga. Foundational to all yogic thought, they are considered to be the guidelines to the yoga way of living that free individuals to take ownership of their lives, direct them toward the fulfillment they seek, and gain the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action. The first five guidelines are referred to as the yamas—a Sanskrit word that translates to "restraints"—and encompass nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, or observances—purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. A self-study section at the end of each chapter may also be used by instructors for group discussion.

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  • Wendy

    Interesting that others are also writing reviews while reading this book. It's a book that reads like a delicious bit of chocolate. It needs to be read in small bites, preferably at night, just before...

  • Jess ?Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows?

    I am not a reader of what many would call "self help" books. And many out there would probably classify this book as just that. But this book is more than that. It is immensely readable and relatable....

  • Stacey Jones

    I read this book as an introduction for the yoga certification course I am about to begin, and it demonstrated to me that I was right to embark on this adventure. All during my two years of regular pr...

  • Deb

    So far, this is one of the most accessible books I've found to start exploring the first two "limbs" of Patanjali's Sutras. What I do like is it provides guidelines and structure to explore. This isn'...

  • Alex Lee

    Essentially the yamas and niyamas are guides to help us discover our own authenticity. These are ways, techniques, mindset paradigms that quiet ourselves so that we do not let our objective reality se...

  • Dixie

    Wonderful book that opens up doors when we open up ourselves. I'm spiritual but not religious and yet this book spoke to me. Things have already changed for the better as I have started to actively li...

  • Farnoosh Brock

    My teacher recommended this beautiful book to me, and it is the most enlightening book on these yoga tenents AND on life and living, on joy and happiness, on us getting in our own way and how to get o...

  • Janani Iyer

    Liked the book so much that I bought a personal copy, to remind myself everyday of the Principles.I would highly recommend the book to all. Wish more people followed the principles in this book rather...

  • Lexi

    Just so insightful. I bought three copies to give out to friends....

  • Jenny

    A therapist friend recommend this to me. A beautiful philosophy. ...