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The Yamas + Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Principles

  • Birmingham Yoga 605 37th St S Birmingham, AL, 35222 United States (map)

The Yamas + Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Principles

Monday nights 5:30-6:45pm Oct. 19th- Dec 21st, 2015  at Birmingham Yoga

Join Kim Drye, HereNowYoga, in a 10 week series of alignment-based asana coupled with a philosophical exploration of yoga's ethical precepts-- what they are and how they translate into your practice and your daily life.

The Yamas and Niyamas are yoga's ten ethical guidelines and are foundational to all yogic thought. They comprise the first two limbs of Ashtanga Yoga's eight-fold path and provide the toolkit you need to be at peace with yourself, your family, and your community.

"Simply put, the yamas are things not to do, or restraints, while the niyamas are things to do, or observances. Together, they form a moral code of conduct.

The five yamas, self-regulating behaviors involving our interactions with other people and the world at large, include:

  • Ahimsa: nonviolence
  • Satya: truthfulness
  • Asteya: non-stealing
  • Brahmacharya: non-excess (often interpreted as celibacy)
  • Aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-greed.

The five niyamas, personal practices that relate to our inner world, include:

  • Saucha: purity
  • Santosha: contentment
  • Tapas: self-discipline, training your senses
  • Svadhyaya: self-study, inner exploration
  • Ishvara Pranidhana: surrender (to God)"


This series will be open to all levels.  $120 dollars for 10 weeks. Drop ins are also welcome.  Send inquiries about this series to

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