Yama Dharma Talk

What Do The Yama Mean To You?

The Yama (यम) are the first limb of the eight limbs of yoga. The Yama are outer observances, or ethical observances, that form the base of practicing yoga, along with the Niyama. 

In his translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Chip Hartranft describes the Yama as “… the Yama must not be thought of as moral commandments, but as skillful ways to relate to the world without adding to its suffering or ours.” 

There are five Yama or ethical pillars in yoga: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha (don’t worry we’ll be going through each one individually here on Instagram!)

There are many ways to study and practice the Yama, including reading the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as well as many references that can be found online, including at YogaWellspring.com 

What do the Yama mean to you? We’d love to hear from you at hello@yogawellspring.com!