The Yamas — Where We Begin the Journey Within

yamas - 2My Yoga journey began with meeting a stranger on a train who explained to me what yoga is.  He very casually said, “you either, Go Within, or you Go Without” and in that sentence he changed my life.

We all begin somewhere to get on the mat for the first time, whether we are lead here because of stress, injury, to lose weight, to strengthen the body, maybe even to soul search.

Often called the “father of yoga,” Patanjali compiled 195 sutras or concise aphorisms that are essentially a blueprint for living a moral life and incorporating the science of yoga into your life.

The heart of Patanjali’s teachings is the eightfold path of yoga. It is also called the eight limbs of Patanjali, because they intertwine like the branches of a tree in the forest. These aren’t commandments (although they sometimes sound like them), laws, or hard and fast rules.

Within the eight limbs are the Yamas.  These aren’t commandments (although they sometimes sound like them), laws, or hand, and fast rules.

My hope is that you can incorporate these, little by little into your world.  Try them on, see how they feel.

 

 

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