Archive for the ‘Yamas and Niyamas’ Category


Single on Valentine’s Day – Spread The LOVE!

So it’s Valentine’s Day . . . . . What’s a single girl to do? I know this holiday can be very emotionally charged for people, and perhaps especially so for singles. But my sense is that as a single person (male or female) you can choose how you look at this holiday, which is [...]

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Yoga and My Bad Haircut Day!

First of all, let me just say, I am not a very vain person. When Carly Simon sang “You’re So Vain,” she definitely was not talking to me! On the other hand, I know I inherited my value system from my parents.  My dad was employed in the garment industry in NYC in the 50′s.  From [...]

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Are Americans More Greedy than Ever?

The code of ethics in yoga is called yamas and niyamas.  Yamas are restraints and are 5 in number. In previous posts,  I have discussed yamas 1 -4.  The fifth yama is Aparigraha, the absence of greed.  This may be a very timely post as many are claiming that excessive greed caused the melt down [...]

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Is it Sex or is it Yoga?

What is the relationship between sex and spirituality?  Traditionally, in most religions, those who devote themselves 100% to spiritual pursuits, must take a vow of celibacy.   It is commonly believed that deep spiritual awakening and strong indulgence in sensual pleasures cannot coexist. For this reason, the yogis included a vow of chastity as a [...]

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I’m A Yoga Teacher . . . . With a Checkered Past!

In approximately 200 AD, the Sage Patanjali codified yoga in what is called the Yoga Sutras. Contained within the Yoga Sutras are  the Yamas and Niyamas, the ethical code of yoga. There are 5 Yamas or restraints and Asteya, (Non-Stealing), is the 3rd Yama. Let’s look at this and examine it a little closer. “Non-Stealing” seems [...]

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Telling The Truth 101 – The 2nd Commandment of Yoga

Truthfulness, Honesty, Sincerity, Integrity, Authenticity Are these words not supercharged and full of magnetism . . . are they not music to your ears? Who amongst us does not value these traits, above all other traits, when searching for the ideal mate, partner, lover, friend, doctor, lawyer, political candidate, significant other or used car salesman? [...]

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The First Commandment of Yoga: Thou Shalt Not . . . .

Why should we care about the Yamas and Niyamas, the moral code of yoga? According to the yogis, here is why we should care: In yoga philosophy, most diseases are physical manifestations of mental and emotional disturbances. Therefore physical health is dependent on mental well-being. The yogis believe we must cultivate a steady, tranquil mind [...]

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