Courtesy of Google images

Courtesy of Google images


The term is a familiar yoga term, but what does it mean? Hatha yoga uses Sanskrit — a language very unfamiliar to me — and it can be a little tricky to decipher. The studio I go to uses only Sanksrit to call out the poses in the advanced class (hence why I had to leave when I attempted to challenge myself). After three weeks, I’m slowly becoming familiar with the names of poses in English and Sanskrit.

My instructor sometimes can only give the class rough Sanskrit translations because it doesn’t smoothly translate into English, making learning it even more tricky.

For instance, at the end of each class we say “namaste,” which roughly means I bow to you.

Here’s a list of yoga definitions from the ethical teachings of yoga that fall under the yama — meaning restraint and to avoid — which is the first level of eight to living in yoga integrity.

Ahimsa – nonviolence; this means not thinking, speaking, or wishing ill-will on yourself, anyone else, or anything.

Satya – truthfulness; this means only speaking what is good for all on Earth.

Asteya – non-stealing; this means not desiring or taking anyone’s thoughts, words, or possessions — no matter how small they are.

Brahmacharya – moderation; this means practicing activities that support growth and transformation, doing nothing in excess.

Aparigraha – non-attachment; this means being free of worldly desires and living simply.

So, as I embark on my quest for mental clarity, I also set out to achieve the following in the yama level; living in simplicity and integrity.


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