People often choose yoga to achieve their fitness goals and to calm the mind. Although, with a little awareness, this practice can transform into something much deeper and change the course of our lives. While yoga is not considered a religion, it offers a set of principles that encourage harmony with ourselves and those around us. Here are the five guidelines for living within the yoga philosophy.
Yoga outlines a social code of conduct known as the five YAMAS:
Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence towards ourselves and others. This includes physical, mental, and emotional violence.
Satya encourages us to speak our truth with integrity.
Asteya prohibits stealing. We may only take what is freely given and refrain from social injustice.
This is the principle of self-restraint. We must develop moderation in our lives and commit to all of our relationships.
This attribute advocates for a life of non-greed and simplicity. The yoga path says that possessions are temporary and an attachment to them keeps us from seeing the true self.
As we strive to achieve these values, we may strengthen our relationships with others and live with balance and authenticity on our path. Namaste!