Yoga is the science of the self.
Yoga seeks to help us understand our inner world through various techniques that include YAMAS, NIYAMAS, ASANA, MANTRA, MEDITATION, PRANAYAMA; all who will little by little one breath at the time become a lifestyle.
By the time we find yoga some of us are broken (health, bones, joints, relationships, state of mind) and have the desire for a change.
This is where the Yamas and Niyamas will play a role.
Understanding "What the rules are?" the philosophical meaning and emotional work to me are the MOST EXCITING PART of being a yogi, a human being.
I will talk here about the Yamas, the next blog and social media posts will be about Niyamas and we will follow with the "Yoga Sutras" written by a BRAHMIN sage called PATANJALI.
LET'S GET TO THE NIDDY GREDDY.
The Yamas are five ethical practices in which every yogi (fulfilled human being) will behave.
*IF READ NOTHING FURTHER, JUST REMEMBER THIS: EVERYTHING YOU DO HAS TO BE FROM THE STANDPOINT OF AHIMSA DO NO HARM!
AHIMASA NON-violence; It is the foundation of everything WHEN IN DOUBT come back to AHIMSA.
It is a stance for right relationships with others and with self that is neither self-sacrifice nor self-aggrandizement. This tender guides us to live together, share goods and do what we want without causing harm to others and ourselves.
SATYA TRUTHFULNESS The partner of AHIMSA.
We will know this marriage when we learn to become aware of what "speaking our truth without causing harm to others" means.
As partners, SATYA keeps AHIMSA (TRUTH and NON VIOLENCE) from being a brutal weapon.
SATYA (truthfulness) bows to AHIMSA (non-violence) First and foremost DO NO HARM.
ASTEYA NON-STEALING Our inner dissatisfaction leads us to outward gaze, with a tendency to steal what is not ours.
We steal from the earth, from others, from ourselves; The opportunity to grow into the right to the life we want. We steal from our Dharma.
BRAHMACHARYA CELIBACY Every yoga, esoteric, magic, and Agnostic class and book I have taken and read states that our sexual energy is limited and that has the power of creation, not only for another human being but to create something out of nothing.
Celibacy is about restraining ourselves from having sex, It is also about discipline; HOWEVER Yoga books also state that that is not a realistic contemplation if you are in a relationship.
It is however about understanding that your sexual energy is sacred.
BRAHMACHARYA MEANS "Walk with God" This implies awareness of sacredness in all of our actions (When in doubt go back to AHIMSA-Non violence)
The boundary also implies leaving excess behind and taking only what is enough (When in doubt, practice ASTEYA- Non-stealing)
APARIGRAHA NON-POSSESSIVNESS Remind us that clinging to people, situations, material objects, and feelings only weighs us down and make our life experience heavy and a big disappointment at every step.
It liberates us from greed. (when in doubt, practice BRAHMACHARYA- Non-excess)
If you live in Memphis, join us Saturday, July 10th at 5 pm for a special 2 hr class YIN and SOUND VIBRATION bath.
Tickets are available for the event at DELTA GROOVE YOGA
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