The yama-sare what most serious students of yoga come to identify as the moral codes of being a yogi. Patanjali the yogi who wrote the treatise on Ashtanga yoga entitledYoga Mala considered theyama-sthe great mighty and universal vows. He instructs us that they should be practiced on all levels (actions words and thoughts) and that are not confined to class place time or concept of duty (YS 2.31). There are five Yama-s as will be explained in this reading.
When you craft this week’s self-reflection exercise (based on the exercise at the end of the reading) please read and cite from one outside source on the theyamayou choose.This source must be from a reputable journal such asYoga InternationalorYoga Journal.