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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 skilThe 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....

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  • Wendy
    2019-04-09 22:18

    Interesting that others are also writing reviews while reading this book. It's a book that reads like a delicious bit of chocolate. It needs to be read in small bites, preferably at night, just before sleep. It's become my "chocolate on the pillow" every night. Tonight I read a bite about the importance of occasionally carrying your own heavy things (metaphorically and literally) and how you become weaker if you let others do your "heavy lifting" all the time. This rang so true on a day when someone tried to take over my need to "lift" something. It's good to let others know it's not OK to help you sometimes! I look forward to many more evenings of satisfying bites like this to conclude the day.

  • Stacey Jones
    2019-04-09 02:13

    I read this book as an introduction for the yoga certification course I am about to begin, and it demonstrated to me that I was right to embark on this adventure. All during my two years of regular practice, I've wanted to know about the ethics and roots of yoga, and this book addressed the ethical practice in a structured and easy-to-relate to way. Author Adele divides the book logically by the Yamas (restraints) of nonviolence, truthfulness, nonstealing, nonexcess and nonpossessivness. The Niyamas (observances) include purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrender. Each chapter includes related wisdom and quotes including incidents and anecdotes from the author's own experience to illustrate how these principles can be seen and observed in our daily lives. The language is accessible, the voice is warm and personable, and the book is not only a pleasant read, but a lovely and ready-reference for these guiding principles of yoga's ethics. I recommend it!

  • Deb
    2019-04-09 22:06

    So far, this is one of the most accessible books I've found to start exploring the first two "limbs" of Patanjali's Sutras. What I do like is it provides guidelines and structure to explore. This isn't a book that I'll zip through. It'll take time to work through and explore each piece. The chapters on Ahimsa come first, and that's where I seem to stay! (Guess I really need to work on that concept! LOL)If you're curious and want to explore the philosophical basis of Yoga, and start with Patanjali's Sutras, this is a great resource.

  • Dixie
    2019-04-06 18:58

    Wonderful book that opens up doors when we open up ourselves. I'm spiritual but not religious and yet this book spoke to me. Things have already changed for the better as I have started to actively live by the Yamas and Niyamas. Life can be difficult at times but it is how we go about it that ultimately defines our life. My favorite quote in the book was "we are not human beings trying to be spiritual; we are spiritual beings trying to be human."

  • Janani Iyer
    2019-03-27 20:15

    Liked the book so much that I bought a personal copy, to remind myself everyday of the Principles.I would highly recommend the book to all. Wish more people followed the principles in this book rather that the 48 laws to power.There is more power in this book. One of the best practical translation of Patanjali YOga sutras.

  • Lexi
    2019-04-05 20:51

    Just so insightful. I bought three copies to give out to friends.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-13 02:05

    A therapist friend recommend this to me. A beautiful philosophy.

  • Karina Contreras gonzalez
    2019-04-24 21:52

    Very insightful book, easy to read an practical principles to live a more fulfilling life.

  • Christine
    2019-04-21 21:05

    This book takes an in depth look at the first two limbs of the 8 limbed path of yoga, which come from the Yoga Sutras and comprise yoga's ten ethical guidelines. The first limb, the Yamas, or restaraints, are comprised of nonviolence, truthfulness, nonstealing, nonexcess and nonpossessiveness. The second limb, the Niyamas, or observances, are purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrender. This book does a superb job of looking at each ethical tenet in an extremely in depth but also very accessible way, and concludes each chapter with four questions for further exploration to help the reader personally strengthen their understanding of, and their growth in, each area. Written by a woman who has master's degrees in both Liberal Studies and Theology, and who currently runs her own yoga center in Minnesota, the style of writing is very down to earth and relatable. The author uses examples and inspiring quotations from all manner of sources- personal, literary, religious, historical, etc.- to help elucidate her points. I personally could not imagine a better presentation of this material; and after having read, highlighted, and underlined the flippin' crap out of this book, I am definitely looking forward to using it as a reference/manual for my continued examination and (hopefully :0) increased refinement of these yogic concepts. "Ultimately we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace within ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world." -ETTY HILLESUM"Love is what is left when you've let go of all the things you love." -SWAMI JNANESHVARA

  • Hannah
    2019-04-15 00:49

    Yes! First book done for yoga teacher training, and it has given me a LOT to think about. I particularly liked the appendix where she talks a bit about the differences between Eastern and Western culture, which is sooooo important so all of us white American ladies don't go a-culturally appropriating (or at least are more aware if/when we do). Looking forward to much more reflection on this one.

  • Nicole Taylor
    2019-04-07 18:14

    Love this! Practical, deep, and accessible. Reading it felt like talking to a friend.

  • Bonnie
    2019-04-14 18:03

    I am taking my first yoga class and we are reading this. I would recommend this to anyone interested in yoga.

  • Rooh
    2019-04-23 18:50

    Absolute jewel of a book! One that I shall be happily revisiting as I try to apply some of the practices into my own life! Brilliant😊

  • Tiffany
    2019-04-22 01:03

    I so badly wanted to just plow right through this book, but forced myself to take it slow. It was my "just before sleep" indulgence for the past 2 weeks. It explores the first 2 limbs of Patanjali's yoga sutras and offers guidelines for a meaningful and purposeful life. 1. YamaThe first limb, yama, deals with one's ethical standards and sense of integrity, focusing on our behavior and how we conduct ourselves in life. Yamas are universal practices that relate best to what we know as the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."The five yamas are:Ahimsa: nonviolenceSatya: truthfulnessAsteya: nonstealingBrahmacharya: continenceAparigraha: noncovetousness2. NiyamaNiyama, the second limb, has to do with self-discipline and spiritual observances. Regularly attending temple or church services, saying grace before meals, developing your own personal meditation practices, or making a habit of taking contemplative walks alone are all examples of niyamas in practice.The five niyamas are:Saucha: cleanlinessSamtosa: contentmentTapas: heat; spiritual austeritiesSvadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one's selfIsvara pranidhana: surrender to God

  • Alex Boon
    2019-04-07 02:05

    I'd give this book a solid 3.5. Some of the ideas are gold and I will return to them time and again. I felt disappointed by the chapter on ahimsa because it just didn't capture the weight of this yama for me. I feel with this one it needs either just a few words or a whole book. Random anecdotes just didn't seem to fit for me and I came out without much improved understanding. However, the book improved. I adored the chapters on aparigraha, satya, and svadhyaya. I felt brahmacharya needed more explanation and I didn't at all like the comment on sex needing to be "life giving" as, intentional or not, it limits sexual enjoyment to fertile heterosexual couples, something I can hardly agree with. I also don't agree that sex needs to be "sacred". It can be but it doesn't need to be, it can just be rollicking good fun without being addictive and harming... Anyway, I liked the book, wished it was longer. Also wished the repetitive phrasing at the end of each chapter could be switched up a bit, it came across as copy-and-paste laziness. I'd still recommend the book to other Ashtanga practitioners and anyone interested in yoga's ethics.

  • John Leemhuis
    2019-04-20 20:10

    I cannot say that I have "finished" this book. More accurately, I have completed my first reading. I expect that I will be picking up Deborah Adele's book on the Yamas and Niyamas frequently as time goes by, to reread whole sections, to find one of the beautifully written passages, or to recall one of the reflections or meditations provided by the author. Indeed, coming back to this book, and the Yamas and Niyamas, only makes sense because these limbs of yoga describe yoga's ethical practice and way of life. To quote the author:"These jewels are not a moral positioning with hard and fast rules. They will not tell you what to believe or what to seek in your life for your own fulfillment. Instead, they will equip you to meet each situation with flexibility, understanding, and wisdom. They will give you tools to live more simply, to create less disturbances in your life, and to clear the clutter. Once you have freed up the space, you can listen to the deep longings within and ponder the significant questions of your life."

  • valeria cazzetta
    2019-04-26 18:48

    I bought this book after a recommendation by my yoga instructor. I wanted to learn more about Yoga and not only the Asanas. It is a very beautiful book about the first two paths out of the 8 limbs in the Yoga Practice. They are ethical steps to guide people on how to take care of ourselves (niyamas) and how to act/relate to others (yamas). The book is divided in chapters, each principle having a complete full chapter. The reading is very fluent, easy to understand but it is a book to read and read over and over to fully embrace it. A real guide for everyone. Highly recommended.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-27 02:06

    Very pleased this is a book written with a focus on the ethics of yogic practice. I have received a good amount of instruction on the postures, their bodily benefits and on the mindfulness and breath awareness components of this practice, but less on the right living aspects. Deborah writes in a very accessible way while seeming to get to the core aspects of the yamas and niyamas. She also presents suggestions for developing each through writings, meditations and other exercises for each of the yamas and niyamas. This book has helped me develop my spiritual practice.

  • Rebeccah C. Graves
    2019-03-28 22:58

    Mind OpeningThis book is based on the Yamas & Niyamas of Yoga, yet entwines so much of Spirit life in general it was an eye opening read. Deborah’s story telling is fantastic, and I will go back and follow the weekly journaling exercises as recommended. You can learn a lot of from this book. I hope you will take the time to explore it.

  • Osen Akkemik
    2019-04-10 22:06

    Another book that won't leave my bedside table. I have been recommended this book by my yoga teacher as I was seeking more than asanas. I would recommend this book to anyone regardless they are into yoga or not as the book almost suggest small formulas for inner happiness. Each chapter fills you with provoking thoughts.

  • Sally
    2019-04-05 22:15

    This struck me as a self-help book wrapped in yogic trimmings. Not what I was expecting. I was dismayed when I hit the third yama - the author tells a story of a bride leaving her cheating fiance at the alter as a wonderful example of non-stealing. Not only did the bride not adhere to non-stealing (she stole everyone's time by not canceling the wedding outright when she discovered the infidelity), the bride was violent (by causing an upheaval instead of privately confronting her fiance) and non-truthful (by pretending everything was fine up until the middle of the ceremony). Way to go.So yeah, I had problems with this book.But I still read it, because it had been recommended. The author managed to hit at least one thing right in each chapter. So I learned something about yamas and niyamas and how they're supposed to work in my life. I'm glad I had had a primer before picking up this book, which helped when she started going off-topic with her examples.

  • Marie
    2019-04-20 20:58

    Not a book I'd hold onto forever, but a nice guide to 10 principles guiding how to step back from hype, stress, and pressure. To truly dive in to each principle, I'd imagine it'd take a year (or more) to really develop a real understanding of what it all entails. That was inspiring and intimidating, but a reminder that the spiritual side of life needs constant commitment and time for reflection.

  • Chanel
    2019-04-05 18:06

    I wouldn't have picked this book up if it hadn't been for my yoga teacher training. However, there is a lot here that is super helpful in many ways. My intention is to come back to this book again at the beginning of 2018 and re-read through, completing the weekly journaling activities as intended as a year-long practice.

  • Elizabeth Amber Love
    2019-04-16 22:09

    Quick & easyI loved the real world examples and anecdotes. Though I currently struggle with some of the philosophy and how to conceivably incorporate it into life, the book presents as hopeful and realistic that these are life journeys not things to be mastered in a few hours from reading.

  • Natasha
    2019-04-26 01:00

    This is, like many other reviewers, the first book in the list for my yoga teacher training. It was a nice and easy read that needed to be savoured. I tended to read a chapter at a time so that I could reflect. I look forward to working on some of the questions of reflection.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-30 21:15

    Great read! I'll be reading it again - probably more than once. It's a good "how to live your life as a good person" how-to book. Best explanation of the Yamas and Niyamas I've read. I'm glad this was required reading for my yoga teacher training!

  • Sally
    2019-04-06 21:07

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The stories in it helped make the Yamas & Niyamas more tangible and grounded, which was such a blessing, and it also gave me a sense of the various ways they could be applied to daily life. Wonderfully written and full of heart.

  • Amber
    2019-03-31 00:17

    Fulfilling in a way I didn't expect. A must for every yogi.

  • Kate
    2019-04-10 00:13

    Great book for yoga practitioners and teachers. She writes a blog as well that is good.

  • Simone
    2019-03-29 23:49

    This is a book that I will re-read many times. So much juiciness to get into with these pages.