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YAMA AND NIYAMA

Conscious Relationship
With Your World and Yourself
Deva Parnell

"When unaffected by culture, place, time, or circumstance, these principles are universal. They consitute the Great Vow."
-Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 2.31   

YAMA

Social Ethics

Ahimsa
Non-Violence / Compassion

Behave in kindness, friendliness, compassion, and thoughtful consideration of all beings and things, as well as yourself.

Satya
Non-Deception / Truthfulness

Practice conscious communication through speech, writing, gesture, and actions. Consider what you say, how you say it and in what way it could affect others.

Asteya
Non-Stealing / Honesty

Take advantage of no person or situation for personal gain.

Brahmacharya
Non-Abuse of Sexual Energy / Conscious Sexuality

Honor your sexuality and that of others. Create relationships that foster your understanding of the highest truths.

Aparigraha
Non-Greed / Security

Take only what you need and nothing more.

NIYAMA
Personal Practices

Saucha
Purity

Maintain cleanliness of body, mind and surroundings.

Santosha
Contentment

Practice being comfortable with what you have and what you do not have. Embrace all experiences as opportunities to learn and grow.

Tapas
Discipline

Increase the heat that burns impurities through practices that keep your body/mind fit and healthy: proper sleep, exercise, nutrition, work, and relaxation.

Svadhyaya
Self Examination

Observe, read, study, practice, reflect, review and observe your progress so that you may see yourself more clearly.

Ishvarapranidhana
Spiritual Attunement

"Let go and let God." Attune to the all-knowing presence within you and allow that presence to direct your actions.

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