The practices of yoga are meant to touch the whole fabric of our lives, not just our physical health.
In this free download, renowned yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater talks about the yogic wisdom contained in the Yamas and Niyamas and shows how they have profound practical relevance for life and living even thousands of years later.
The Yamas and the Niyamas are the first two facets of the Eight-Limbed Path of Yoga described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. They are thought to be some of the most practical Sutras as they assist us in living our lives in a life-supporting way, honoring the highest principles of life at each moment.
Often, the Yamas and Niyamas are referred to as the “Do’s and Don’ts of Yoga” or sometimes the “Ten Commandments of Yoga”.
However, this is taking highly refined principles for living and reducing them to a finger-shaking image: “ If you do not do this or that, you will be punished.”
When observed on a subtler level, the Yamas and Niyamas seem to be more of a tribute to Being, affirming our already Divine nature.
Judith discusses the relevance of the Yamas and Niyamas for Living Our Yoga and how these age-old precepts offer profound wisdom of relevance to modern day life, which can offer a guiding light on everything we do.
You may also be interested in Judith’s course Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine: Reaping the Benefits of the Yamas and Niyamas.