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With all the back to school buzz in the air this month’s teaching is in honor of my first lesson from yoga school: the Yamas and Niyamas. The Yamas are guidelines for how to behave and treat others, while the Niyamas are all about your relationship with yourself. Together these ten concise yet endlessly interpreted commandments are the foundation for living a yogic life. Almost everyone defines these principles differently, but that’s where the magic happens. Yoga, as always, is about choosing your own adventure.
YAMAS
Ahimsa (Nonviolence) protect others from harm by choosing your actions and words carefully
 
Satya (Truthfulness) unless you're absolutely sure that something is true, don’t share it
 
Asteya (Non stealing) don’t take what doesn’t belong to you, even someone else’s time
 
Brahmacharya (Non excess) safeguard your energy and how you spend it  
 
Aparigraha (Non possessiveness) avoid attachments to anything frivolous or material
NIYAMAS
Saucha (Cleanliness) clean your body (i.e. showering) and your mind (i.e. meditation)
 
Santosha (Contentment) be grateful for everything and everyone in your life
 
Tapas (Effort) channel your own determination and will
 
Svadhyaya (Self-study) ask questions and seek answers
 
Ishvara Pranidhana (Grace) find happiness in faith, love and surrender
When followed sincerely the Yamas and Niyamas are said to result in a happy and fulfilled life. And on a more accessible level, they can be a moral compass for how we treat ourselves and others in day to day life. When we're truthful and grateful we're less likely to be bogged down by regret or jealousy, resulting in a lighter state of mind.
SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE*
YOGA VIDA
Friday 9/11 Flow @6:30pm (666 Broadway, Floor 3)

SKY TING (55 Chrystie Street, 4th Floor)
Sunday 9/13 @1:00pm

*I'm heading out west for a month so won't be teaching my regular schedule. If I don't see you in class this weekend know that I'll miss you and can't wait to see you in October!
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