Category Archives: The Yamas & Niyamas

Asteya – non stealing

Non-stealing is restraining from taking what doesn’t belong to us, what we don’t need, what is more than our share, and what depletes the future.  It is restraining from doing others work for them, rescuing them, fixing them, and worrying … Continue reading

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Truthfulness

I am intrigued that the restraint here is a restraint to stop at anything short of the full truth. This is a significant leap from the tendency to land in a partial truth and be satisfied.  If we begin in … Continue reading

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Nonviolence

We are afraid of outer attack, but the real brutal attacks come from within.  Where do we find more violence than what we do to ourselves in the hidden corners of our mind where abusive thoughts run on automatic replay? … Continue reading

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Surrender

To understand surrender, we turn to the gurus, sages, and mystics of all traditions. They all radiate a joy, compassion, childlike wonder, and unfailing trust.  They seem to accomplish more for the world than seems humanly possible.  And they unabashedly … Continue reading

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Self-Study

I was in the Minneapolis airport with a short layover.  Rushing to get to my next gate to catch my flight, I made a quick stop in the women’s bathroom.  As I entered, I saw four men standing there.  Stunned … Continue reading

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Self-Discipline

We are becoming a soft culture.  When life seems a little challenging, it is easy to escape, and the escape routes are numerous.  Food, alcohol, stores, television, and internet are among the variety of ways we can pamper ourselves.  When … Continue reading

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Contentment

Contentment is the basis of happiness and peace.  Yet we live in a culture whose economy thrives on keeping us in discontent.  Think of the constant bombardment that comes at us with the sole purpose of alluring us into discontent.  … Continue reading

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Purity

Taken from a recent article I wrote for Integral Yoga Magazine, Summer 2013, on Cultivating the Niyamas. I recently saw a bumper sticker that said, “Well, at least the war on the environment is going well.”  These words captured the … Continue reading

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