The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice

The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice

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by Deborah Adele
     
 

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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

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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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Tathaatsu Magazine
These guidelines will certainly motivate readers to get rid of negative habits and adopt positive values.
Light of Consciousness Magazine
Applying restraints and observances may sound limiting, but the result, as yogis have always discovered, is just the opposite: the joy of discovery, creativity, spontaneity, and being able to learn from and move past our mistakes. The author presents a gentle introduction and guidance for this powerful practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974470641
Publisher:
On-Word Bound Books LLC.
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
83,602
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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