Practicing ahimsa helps us create a positive, peaceful, and harmonious world.
Tapas literally means “heat.” If we heed the inner voice that urges us forward, our tapas will transform us, just as fire transforms whatever goes into it.
The self-awareness you gain by practicing the five yamas can help you transform negative energy and cultivate a deep, abiding sense of peace.
Brahmacharya (moderation of the senses), counsels us to live a life of balance. Though most commentators translate brahmacharya as “celibacy,” its literal meaning is “walking in the presence of the Divine.” According to the Yoga Sutra (2.38), when we become established in the practice of brahmacharya, we gain vitality. This conserved energy can then be used for healing and transformation.
The 5 Niyamas, are ancient yogic tools for living skillfully and cultivating happiness. Rolf gives practical advice for integrating these observances into your daily life.
Satya, or truthfulness, reflects the importance of being honest not just with others, but with ourselves. Sarah explains how she used her understanding of this 2nd yama (restraint) to confront her own untruthfulness.
Doing anything to excess in our lives—food, sex, work—typically leads to imbalances, leaving us with low energy and high frustration. Brahmacharya, or moderation, can help us.
Satya (truthfulness), the second of the five yamas (restraints) described in the Yoga Sutra, guides us to think, speak, and act with integrity.