Yama – One of Raja Yoga’s Eight Principles

 

 Raja Yoga pic
Raja Yoga
Image: dailyyoga.com

Accomplished life coach Peter Winslow helps clients attain their goals and heal their bodies and minds as the owner of GoldMind, LLC. A practitioner of what he teaches, Peter Winslow enjoys producing guided meditations and teaching raja yoga.

Raja yoga, meaning king yoga, teaches practitioners how to be independent and autonomous. It is also known as Ashtanga yoga and consists of eight steps, the first of which is called yama. This part focuses on self-control and one’s ethical standards. Practitioners learning about yama are encouraged to consider how they conduct themselves in daily life and change their behavior to match how they want to be treated by others.

There are five different yamas that practitioners must commit to: ahimsa, satya, asteya, aparigraha, and brahmacharya. Ahimsa is the commitment to do no harm to any other living being. It is the non-violence principle of raja yoga and teaches practitioners to avoid any death of animals. Meanwhile, satya teaches truthfulness and encourages practitioners to avoid exceeding their limits. Individuals must commit to speaking the truth in everyday life and also conveying the truth by not making excuses or hiding their true face from others.

Asteya is responsible for practitioners making a commitment to never steal. Material objects and mental property that belong to another person should never be taken from them, nor should the environment ever be ruined. Along this same line of thought, aparigraha states that people should not accumulate possessions or worries. These things are left behind when a person leaves this world and bring freedom to a person when left behind in life.

Finally, brahmacharya teaches practitioners to live a pure life. Many people misinterpret this yama as abstaining from sexual desires, but it actually means that a person should always turn their thoughts toward a higher power. At the same time, a person should always fulfill their duties on earth.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s