An intro to the 5 Yamas of Yoga

An intro to the 5 Yamas of Yoga

The 5 Yamas of Yoga represent a series of ethical rules within Yoga philosophy. They describe every aspect of our lives: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social.


#1 Ahimsa (Non-Violence): Ahimsa is the advocate of peace and harmony in whatever you do and think. It constitutes both physical and mental non-violence.



#2 Satya (Truthfulness): The word ‘Sat’ translates to "True essence" - so this principle translates to expressing and being in harmony with the eternal truth.



#3 Asteya (Non-stealing): While commonly understood as not taking what is not ours, it can also mean not taking more than what we need, which connects us with all that is - by neglecting our talent, or by letting a lack of commitment keep us from practicing.



#4 Brahmacharya (Energy Moderation): When you practice brahmacharya, you are not letting the senses rule your behaviour; you are not urge driven it refers to directing our energy away from external desires and instead, towards finding peace and happiness within ourselves.



#5 Aparigrapha (Non greed, non possessiveness non attachment): This important Yama teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment and to let go when the time is right.


Living a life according to the 5 Yamas of Yoga allows us to connecting with the world from an authentic and ethical place. 🧘