The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice
- all about the yamas and niyamas in yoga philosophy and practice
The first two limbs of the eight-fold path of yoga sutras—the basic text for classical yoga—are examined in this spiritual guide to the practice of yoga. Foundational to all yogic thought, they are considered to be the guidelines to the yoga way of living that free individuals to take ownership of their lives, direct them toward the fulfillment they seek, and gain the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action. The first five guidelines are referred to as the yamas—a Sanskrit word that translates to “restraints”—and encompass nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, or observances—purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. A self-study section at the end of each chapter may also be used by instructors for group discussion.
“Yoga works best when it is tailored to each person’s individuality. In the Yoga Body & Mind Handbook, Jasmine honors this need by offering the kind of personalization and guidance that respects each reader’s specific abilities.
―Mark Whitwell, Master Yoga Teacher and author of The Promise and Yoga of Heart
Yoga offers the benefits of reducing stress, increasing peace, and cultivating greater wellbeing. If you’re new to yoga, you may wonder if it’s right for you―what if it’s more difficult or requires more patience and athleticism than you thought?
Named one of 2016’s 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America, Jasmine Tarkeshi has spent more than 20 years teaching yoga to people of all levels and abilities. As co-founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in New York and San Francisco, Jasmine has seen firsthand that with the right guidance anyone can enjoy and benefit from yoga.
Written specifically with the beginner in mind, the Yoga Body & Mind Handbook is Jasmine’s encouraging introduction to essential yoga poses, breathing techniques, and meditations.
Easy-to-follow and fun, the Yoga Body & Mind Handbook offers:
- Complete yoga routines from 15 minutes to over an hour include breathing, posture, and meditation
- Beginner-friendly yoga postures with suggested modifications
- Meditations that can be done anywhere to counter stress and boost health
- Detailed instructions and illustrations of techniques, postures, breathing exercises, and more
No matter your level of yoga familiarity, the compassionate, step-by-step guidance in the Yoga Body & Mind Handbook will show you how yoga can help you live up to your highest potential by relieving physical, mental, and emotional tension.