Living Yoga: The Niyamas

  In April 2012, the Challenge of the Week - the call to live yoga - was focused on the Niyamas. The niyamas are ethical precepts in the Yoga Sutras based on our personal codes of conduct. The Niyamas relate to our internal attitude. There are five Niyamas, five 'wise characteristics' to imbibe. See and experience the Niyamas as a reminder that our true nature is compassionate, generous, honest and peaceful.     1. Saucha (cleanliness) In Saucha, we keep our life clean and tidy on all levels: personal, living space, environmental, community, food, body, mind, emotions, and psyche. Clutter in our outside environment can contribute to clutter in the mind. Maintain pure thoughts, positive emotions, a friendly mental outlook. Saucha makes us aware of the influence of what we take into our body and mind. The manifestation of Saucha creates cheerfulness, concentration and sense control, bringing clearer perception and a vision of our pure self. 2. Santosha (contentment) In Santosha, we practice contentment with whatever we have [...]

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Living Yoga: The Yamas

In March 2012, the Challenge of the Week - the call to live yoga - was focused on the Yamas. The Yamas are ethical precepts in the Yoga Sutras based on our social codes of conduct. The Yamas relate to the attitude we have towards things and people outside of ourselves - how we behave towards others. Their are five Yamas, five 'wise characteristics' to imbibe. Rather than see the Yamas as a list of do's and don'ts, see and experience the Yamas as a reminder that our true nature is compassionate, generous, honest and peaceful.   1. Ahimsa (non-violence, compassion for all living things) Literally, ahimsa means to not injure or show cruelty in any way. Ahimsa reminds us to practice kindness, to have thoughtful consideration towards all people, all things and work cooperatively with others in a manner that is not harmful. We work to manage our expression of negative emotions to avoid emotional harm to others. 2. Satya (commitment to truthfulness and honesty in thought, [...]

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