by Catherine Madsen
Bliss Crafter, Austin Yoga Tree
Before we delve into the second limb of yoga, let’s briefly recap what we learned last week.
The eight limbs of yoga teach us how to live a healthy spiritual life. Each limb builds on the previous one, which demonstrates just how fundamental the first limbs are. It is also important to recognize that we are never completely finished learning about one limb. We are capable of advancing from one limb to the next but we must always remain focused and in tune with our restraints and observances, otherwise known as our yamas and niyamas. Our yamas and niyamas keep us grounded and focused on what is important in our lives.
Yamas, or restraints, shape our daily behaviors and give us a code of conduct to abide by. Let’s review the 5 vital yamas.
1. Ahimsa – nonviolence
Second limb: Niyama
The word niyama means observance. This limb teaches us about self-discipline. Niyamas are recommended habits for a healthy life and a prosperous spiritual journey. There are 5 niyamas.
1. Saucha – cleanliness
Check back in next Wednesday when we focus on the third limb, asanas, or poses!