What are the FIVE Yamas of YOGA?

 

“Ahimsa pratishthayam tat vaira-tyagah”

Ahimsa: First do no harm in thought, speech or action towards all others – compassion over violence.

“Satya pratisthayam kriya phala ashrayatvam”

Satya: Be vulnerable and thoughtful enough to always speak the truth- don’t lie, while keeping in mind- Ahimsa (first do no harm).

“Asteya pratisthayam sarva ratna upasthanam”

Asteya: Do not take what is not freely given – don’t steal. This encourages generosity and minimizes greed (Lobha).

“Brahmacharya pratisthayam virya labhah”

Brahmacharya: Be aware of your true nature, your inner infinite conciousness, your spiritual glow which strengthens you from within. Don’t identify with the body and it’s addictions and excesses – find balance.

“Aparigraha sthairye janma kathanta sambodhah”

Aparigraha: Live simply- let go of attachment to things, negativity, perfectionism and outcomes. Be aware of what you really need and lose attachment to the rest.

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