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Food for Thought: The Original Yamas and Niyamas

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So, while reading the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, I learned there were originally more than five yamas (ethical observances) and five niyamas (moral observances) practiced by yogis. The current trend is to focus on the streamlined list of five yamas and five niyamas noted in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. I present these lists here not as a point of debate, but as a point of significant interest. The five yamas and niyamas offered by Patanjali can prove challenging for the most even tempered and dedicated yogis; however I believe taking time to contemplate and cultivate the original list in our practice might make life that much sweeter.

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From: Slow Ashtanga at Home attributed to Wikipedia

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Author: dmhendricks

Desiré Hendricks is a yoga instructor with four years experience teaching yoga to students of multiple levels. She recently added Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga training to her repertoire. Beginners and experienced yogis are welcome in all classes.

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