The Yamas & Niyamas

How can we be kinder to ourselves and invite harmony into our lives? How can we find greater contentment, trust, gratitude, humility, and joy?

The yamas and niyamas—the ethical restraints and observances outlined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra—can help us address these common human questions. Exploring these concepts in depth can lead to a more fulfilling life and a deeper understanding of what it means to practice yoga.

Deborah Adele

Deborah Adele, MA, ERYT500, has made the yamas and niyamas household words with her ground-breaking book "The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice". Bringing these spiritual concepts into daily practical application, her book is being used internationally in yoga certification, coaching, addiction, and prison programs. Deborah has a background in yoga philosophy, somatic education, business, and theology. Currently she is writing, teaching, consulting, and engaging her own personal practice. Visit Deborah at