A break-down of the Yamas: allowing us to coexist peacefully with others.
In one of the last blog post I wrote, I discussed in brief the eight-limb path of yoga that forms the framework for our practice. Refer to blog post “Practice Does Not Mean Perfect” from 01/08/2018 for a basic review of all limbs. The first two are the Yamas and the Niyamas. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about these two as the five “wise characteristics” within both of them (ten all together) and how they apply to all of us no matter what religion you practice or none at all. These principles are just good to live by.
Since it is an in depth topic, I chose to break down the five components (or characteristics) of the Yama’s to get us started. Rather than a list of “do’s and don’ts” the yama’s tell us that our fundamental nature is to be compassionate, generous, honest, and peaceful. And you may notice how these coming up in classes in the near future! Here we go!
Wow.. that’s a lot of good stuff to live by. Think about some of these ideas and concepts and reflect where you can apply these to your own life. As always, let us know if you have any questions about the Yamas - it can be a heavy topic and we love discussion. And lastly, look for a break down of the Niyamas (actions to take towards oneself) soon!