Yama Yoga Store Looks at Niyama (Knee-Yam-Ah) the Second of the Eight Limbs of Yoga

Yama Yoga Store looks at Niyama (Knee-Yam-Ah) the Second of the Eight Limbs of Yoga


The second limb of Pantajali's complete Eight Limb Yoga system is called Niyama. There are five Niyamas and are your basic codes of conduct for living. Niyama is an extension of the Yamas. In a nutshell, these are the habits of healthy living. This particular limb helps us to obtain strength both inside and out in which to grow our spiritual life. 


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Shausha: Cleanliness 101! Impurities in or outside of us can affect our state of mind and practice. Purity starts in the mind and then a natural inclination for clean speech, clean action, and a clean environment will follow. Think about tidying up your office or home space and add some yogi inspired accents or healing candles for good measure.


Santosha:  Contentment with your stuff. Don’t compare yourself to others. Be cool with your lot! 


Tapas: Hello, this is your mental control, not a Spanish snack! This Niyama is your commitment to completing a goal no matter how challenging! Whew, this one is tough but certainly builds character. Even better this Niyama asks that you achieve a goal without that pat on the back or any other motivation...not even a snack! If you haven't been able to go deep into that pose you have been working on try a strap to help deepen your practice 


Svadhyaya: (Svad-hi-Yaya) I always have a rough time pronouncing this one, I'm working on it. Self-study leads to an awakening of your true potential and your place in the world. It also lets us understand how to live on this earth and with the inhabitants of it. (I know you are thinking of that guy who cut you off at the traffic light today...try and get along!)


Ishvara Pranidhana: (Ish-va-ra-pra-nid-hah-na) The reason this one comes last in the Niyama sequence is in its translation the Yogis have expressed that if you master this Niyama you would not need to practice the others. This is a true and deep surrendering to the higher self and cultivating a relationship with the universe. Here we get an understanding of how to offer our actions to both the divine and humanity. This is the true practice of letting go, let go!



Think about moving into that Niyama space.

Clean up, do your best, focus and reflect, and surrender to that higher self! Try out the Yama Yoga Store Santo Palo for cleansing the air!

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