Spiritually Speaking

  • The Philosophy and Practice of Yoga and AntiRacism: The Yamas and The Niyamas

    The Ashtanga Yoga System, the eight-limb path of yoga, comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

    In yogic philosophy, the Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the 8-fold path, or Ashtanga yoga. The first five guidelines are called Yamas, a Sanskrit word that means “restraints.” The last five are called Niyamas, a Sanskrit word that means “observances.”