The YAMAS – RESTRAINTS
01. AHIMSA – NONINJURY
We do not harm others by thought, word or deed.
02. SATYA – TRUTHFULNESS
We refrain from lying and betraying promises.
03. ASTEYA – NONSTEALING
We neither steal, covet or enter into debt.
04. BRAHMACHARIYA – SEXUAL PURITY
We control lust by remaining celibate when single or faithful in marriage.
05. KSHAMA – PATIENCE
We rest in intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances.
06. DHRITI – STEADFASTNESS
We overcome non-perseverance, fear, indecision and changableness.
07. DAYA – COMPASSION
We conquer callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings.
08. ARJAVA – HONESTY
We renounce deception and wrongdoing.
09. MITAHARA – MODERATE APPETITE
Wedo not eat too much or consume meat, fish, chicken or eggs.
10. SAUCHA – PURITY
We avoid impurity in body, mind and speech.
The NIYAMAS – PRACTICES
01. SANTOSHA – CONTENTMENT
We seek joy and serenity in life.
02. TAPAHA – AUSTERITY
We perform sadhana, penance, tapas and sacrifice.
03. DANA – CHARITY
We tithe and give creatively without thought of reward.
04. ASTIKYA – FAITH
We believe firmly in god, gods, guru and the path to enlightenment.
05. ISVARAPUJANA – WORSHIP
We cultivate devotion through daily worship and meditation.
06. MATI – COGNITION
We develop a spiritual will and intellect with with a guru’s guidance.
07. SIDDHANTASRAVANA – SCRIPTUAL STUDY
We study the teachings and listen to the wise of the lineage.
08. HRI – REMORSE
We are modest and show shame for misdeeds.
09. VRATA – SACRED BOWS
We fulfill religious vows, rules and observances faithfully.
10. JAPA – RECITATION
We chant holy mantrams daily.