The yamas can be understood as ways in which we interact with the world around us. Things we must observe to be good, solid people. It’s no surprise that telling the truth makes the list. We now arrive at our second core discipline, satya. Satya: TruthfulnessTell the...

There are five yamas and five niyamas, for a total of ten moral and ethical precepts to help guide one’s life.Here is the third precept, asteya.Asteya: Non-StealingResisting desire for that which does not belong to us. This one, like the others, seems so obvious on the...

The yamas are external observances, ways we strive to show up in our community and our household.Conversely, the niyamas are internal disciplines, ways to aim to be on the inside, personal rules to follow for a spiritual life.The first niyama is sauca.Sauca: Cleanliness, PurityRecognizing the necessary yuck of being...

Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah (Sutra 1.2) states that yoga is the calming of the fluctuations of the mind.It’s a move away from the myriad distractions of knowledge, misconception, imagination, memory, and even sleep into a place of centered presence unaffected by these states of mind.Is...