10,000 Vinyasas

The Yoga Way

by on Dec.31, 2008, under Yoga

Here’s where we all aspire to get to, supposedly, in yoga (I stole this from the Anasura site, but the principles are not unique to that style).

Classical Ethical Guidelines
Yamas: (Behavior restraints.) Ethical guidelines for the yogi pertaining to her relationship with others in society, the outer environment, or Nature. All the yamas
apply to actions, words, and thoughts.
Ahimsa (Non-harming): Loving kindness to others, not blocking or obstructing the flow of Nature, compassion, mercy, gentleness.
Satya (Truthfulness): Being genuine and authentic to our inner nature having integrity, honesty, being honorable, not lying, not concealing the
truth, not downplaying or exaggerating. Truthfulness.
Asteya (Non-stealing): Not taking what is not yours—money, goods, or credit. Not robbing people of their own experiences and freedom. Non-
desire for another’s possessions, qualities, or status. Non-stealing.
Brahmacharya (Walking or having ethical conduct like God): Relating to another with unconditional love and integrity, without selfishness or
manipulation. Practicing sexual moderation, restraining from sexual misconduct, and avoiding lustful behavior. Celibacy/chastity.

Aparigraha (Non-clinging): Non-grasping, non-receiving, non-possessiveness, voluntary simplicity, not accumulating things beyond what is necessary, non-attachment to possessions, greedlessness. Non-covetousness.

Niyamas : (Internal-restraints): Ethical guidelines for the yogi pertaining to her daily activities. Observances of one’s own physical appearance, actions, words and thoughts.

Shauca (Purity): Cleanliness, orderliness, precision, clarity, balance.

Internal and external purification. Cleanliness.

Santosa (Contentment): Equanimity, peace, tranquility, acceptance of the way things are. Contentment.

Food for thought…


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