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The first two limbs of the eight-fold path of yoga sutras - the basic text for classical yoga - are examined in this spiritual guide to the practice of yoga. Foundational to all yogic thought, they are considered to be the guidelines to the yoga way of living that free individuals to take ownership of their lives, direct them toward the fulfillment they seek, and gain the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action.

The first five guidelines are referred to as the yamas - a Sanskrit word that translates to "restraints" - and encompass nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, or observances - purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender.

©2009 Deborah Adele (P)2018 Tantor

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Insightful & inspirational

There hasn't been many books or audiobooks I've picked up & couldn't put down, I guess this had something to do with my journey into yoga & currently doing teacher training.

I found this book to be a perfect introduction to the ethics of yoga, it's yamas & Niyamas are beautifully written & delivered with easy relatable & understandings points to the somewhat complexities that come with opening your heart, mind & perceptions to day to day life.

The chapter explorations of enriching & leave you with awareness insight to think about.

Overall this book is excellent for people practicing Yoga & want to know more of it ethics but also as a gentle read, audio book or physical copy this will be a book you return to again & again.

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Great book

Excellent book full of jewels for living a healthy life. Very inspiring and easy to listen too. Will listen again and do exercises.

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Insightful

As someone who is new to yoga this book offers invaluable insight into the philosophy. Thank you

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great for the aspiring yogi and non yogi alike..

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of wisdom, will definitely revisit periodically. worth every penny.

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Pure profound wisdom

Thank you, this is a book I will be reading time and the again and probably still get something new from it each time. Beautiful. Thank you.

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Brilliant and Beautiful

What a beautiful description of the Yamas & Niyamas that can help me on my life journey.

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Interesting view and perspectiva

Current approach to a classic guide. Like the stories. It is a deep perspective of oneself. It will actually change you, to be more in the moment, to live it as it is, so we don't have regrets. To be more real, to be brave I am going to make something with it to share it with my Yoga / coaching clients Thank you Deborah xxx

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  • sherry
  • 06-03-19

Excellence

This book has much information in a fairly short amount of time. It doesn’t drag on.
Narration is pleasant.

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  • Marchelle
  • 08-06-19

This is an awesome study tool!

I've enjoyed listening to this over and over again. it is very thought provoking for sure.

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  • Mariah Cunningham (Walker)
  • 27-10-20

Detailed View

A detailed view into Yoga Philosophy with examples from everyday life as well as from religious texts.

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  • Mags
  • 16-09-20

Golden Nugget!

I very much enjoyed the depth and clarity of the wisdom imparted. This book is a wonderful life tool to continually come back to refresh your mind, body, spirit balance. As an audio, the narrator was wonderful in her tone of voice, inflection and in her ability to articulate the author's profound messages. Truly a Golden Nugget read!

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  • Sasha Thompson
  • 16-05-19

Current life examples of practicing yogic principles

The author speaks naturally about applying these ancient good-hearted restraints and observances in modern day life. I am brand new yoga instructor and found this useful for natural integration of the Yamas and Niyamas into everyday life.

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  • Daryl
  • 25-05-18

The Ancient Ethical Practice (Yoga Sutras)

There is not much here. If you want the ancient wisdom, just read the Sutras. What is here is a rehash of the obvious with a healthy dose of self righteousness and condescension.

I could not get past the one hand on hip finger waggingness of the author, even though it is read with a clear and lovely voice.

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  • KelliRN RYT200
  • 05-09-18

Great narrating and information

For my yoga 200 hr training course. Narrator was wonderful. A bit more religious oriented than I prefer than spiritual but I get the writers point. Too many personal references; would prefer world or story perspectives from others view than I statements.

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  • BeckT
  • 15-02-21

super

good explanation/analysis/detail. excellent, relatable stories. it really deepened my understanding and study. very helpful.

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  • India Hampton
  • 14-10-20

Amazing

If there is one book that every human should read. I would say it is this one. You will go on a beautiful journey that will lead you to understand the Divine energy that lies with you and the entire universe🧘🏽‍♀️✨.

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  • noretus
  • 18-01-19

Wisdom through the lens of a White Saviour

Decent breakdown of Patanjali's sutras but the author - a self-admitted egoist - has obviously written this book for herself. Contains some insight but most of the desperate attempts at saying something profound mainly sound naive or cringy. Mostly the book is only a little better than what you'd expect from the stereotypical upper middle-class white woman who begins to dabble in eastern spirituality to gain some substance to their bourgeoise life.
"Being human is the greatest adventure you can have", she attempts from her cozy life. Tolerate the platitudes and there's some food for thought.

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