My heart is so full right now. I just finished teaching the Intro to Chakra Series and I loved every minute of it. I loved the yogis that attended the series. I loved teaching about the chakras. I loved pushing myself out of my comfort zone to teach something that was more than just the physical asana. I loved diving deeper into something that I, myself, am skeptical about. I especially love teaching in a series format. Originally, I thought a series would be nice way to group a few classes together and help students create some consistency. I know now that I really enjoy having a structure and theme set up for my online classes. As this beautiful series comes to an end, I am happy to introduce the theme of my next series: The Yamas and Niyamas.
What are the Yamas and Niyamas?
The yamas and the niyamas are the first two limbs of Pantanjali's eight limbed path of yoga. So what does that mean in English? Essentially, there are eight components of yoga. However, when most people think of yoga they usually think of people in (sometimes crazy) physical poses classed asanas. While asanas are the physical practice of yoga and probably the most popular, they are only one limb (the third) of the eight limbs. So what are the first two limbs about? That is what we will explore in this series.
This will technically be a two part series, Yama Series and Niyama Series. Both series will be 5 weeks long and you can purchase all 10 weeks together as well. The classes will be mostly asana with a short discussion around the week's yama/niyama. I will included journaling prompts for you to take into your week and contemplate the theme. This will help you bring that aspect of yoga off of the mat and into your life.
You can think of the yamas as the way you relate to the world. These are guidelines for your behavior and how you move through life. There are five yamas: ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, and aprigraha. Each week for the first five weeks we will focus on each one of these at a time. Read more.
ahimsa - non-violence
satya - truthfulness
asteya - non-stealing
brahmacharya - moderation
aparigraha - non-possessiveness
You can think of the niyamas as the way you relate to yourself and your internal world. These are guidelines for the way your carry yourself and treat your body/mind/spirit. There are five niyamas: saucha, santosha, tapas, svadyaya, and ishvrapranidhana. Each week we will focus on one of these at a time. Read more.
saucha - cleanliness
santosha - contentment
tapas - discipline
svadyaya - self study
ishvrapranidhana - surrender
After reading the English translations of the yamas and niyamas above, you can tell these are all things that apply to your life, and all lives. Join this series to deepen your understanding and become more aware of how these aspects and present themselves in your life. We will take the theme each week and apply it to our yoga (asana) practice. I will also include several journaling prompts for the week so you can really apply these and contemplate how they present themselves in your life.
Book the complete Yama Series here. Includes 5 live online classes and weekly journaling.
Book the complete Niyama Series here. Includes 5 live online classes and weekly journaling.
Book both the Yama Series and Niyama Series here with a discount. Includes 10 live online classes and weekly journaling.
*Life happens. If you miss a class you can receive a recording shortly after the live session!