LEVEL II: The ancient Yoga Sutras offer a practical system of 10 guidelines for decision-making known as the Yamas and Niyamas. When you learn to employ these concepts in daily living, you will be able to reliably access your own intuitive wisdom that will guide you to resolve every issue skillfully. These time-honored guidelines will teach you how to transform the contractive power of unhelpful, stress-provoking, negative emotions and habits into an expansive, creative and dynamic force. Real-life issues will be examined, including home, family, friends, work and recreation.
Yamas – disciplines and restraints regulating external
These five guidelines are meant to help us make skillful decisions in relationships with other people as well as with our own body, energy and senses.
- ahimsa (non-harming)
- satya (truthfulness)
- asteya (non-stealing)
- brahmacharya (conservation and moderation of energy)
- aparigraha (non-possessiveness)
Niyamas – constructive observances designed to organize
These second five guidelines are meant to help us make skillful decisions in our personal daily lives.
- saucha (purity)
- santosha (contentment)
- tapas (self-discipline)
- svadhyaya (self-study)
- Ishvara pranidhana (self-surrender)