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The beginning of the yogi way. Yamas and Niyamas

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the eight-limbed path, which is a step-by-step path towards the realization of yoga, as described in the 'Yoga Sutras of Patanjali'. They are the most concrete place to start, as they relate directly to how we behave outwardly in the world and inwardly toward ourselves.


Yama Niyama Song by Sinead Hamill


Yama, Niyama try to live well.

Do all you can do to be the best you.

Yama, Niyama try your best everyday.

Be true to yourself, this is the yogi way.


Ahimsa, Ahimsa to everyone be kind.

Satya be honest in your speech and mind.

Asteya - don't steel.

Control your thoughts and how you feel -Brahmacharya.

Aparigraha - take only what you need.

Aparigraha - turn away from greed.

Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha they are the Yamas.


Saucha, Saucha keep it pure and clean.

Santosa be happy though you are not a king or queen.

Tapas, don't give up, be the best that you can be.

Be mindful and study - Svadhyaya.

Isvara pranithana, trust and just let go.

Isvara pranithana, all be well, that you must know.

Saucha, Santosa, Tapas, Svadhyaya, Isvara pranithana they are Niyamas.


This is the beginning of the yogi way - the right attitude to the others and to ourselves. There are different interpretations of the Yamas and Niyamas and how to be followed, that could be a good guide line and is important to study them, but the real understanding will come from inside. As any simple knowledge, it might be difficult to be put in practice, as this is the way how we should live any minute, any second of our live, how we should behave in any moment, no matter who is in front of us or how you feel or any other circumstance that we might want to use as un excuse to step a way from these norms. And the understanding how we can reach to that point, can come just from inside. Our way of perceiving the world, our background, knowledge, way of thinking are unique for each of us, as it is the path of putting in practice the Yamas and Niyamas.


Daily discipline is required to progress along the path of yoga. Constant evaluating of our physical, moral and spiritual dedication and progression will keep us on the right track. We should not forget that is not a competition either with someone else neither even with ourselves, we have to do our best (truly) and that would be enough - no judging, no pushing, no expectations.


Let all go and stay in the moment where the life happens.

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I also follow the Buddhist Noble Eight-fold path which has many practices in common with the eight limbs of yoga. I find that the two complement each other quite beautifully. Practicing the two paths also keeps my practice and concentration sharp and has led to many new insights and discoveries on my yoga journey. Thank you for your insight on the first two limbs of the eight-limbed path. Namaste 😊

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