Yamas – the ethical underpinning of yoga

We have mostly focused to date on our asanas, or physical postures, as is mostly the case in contemporary yoga in the West. However, asanas are only one limb of the eight limbed yogic path, the third one at that.

The yamas, or ethical underpinning, are the first limb of yoga. Interacting with other sentient beings – and ourselves – while observing these ethics leads to a kinder and more compassionate way of being in the world.

Click on the audio below to learn a little more about each yama; a new audio recording will be added discussing each of the five yamas during the Winter 2019 quarter.

Apologies about the rustling – recorded during a walk! 🙂

Ahimsa, non-harming

Satya, truthfulness

Asteya, non-stealing

Brahmacharya, moderation

Aparigraha, non-coveting