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Balancing Material and Spiritual Success

A popular misconception is that being materially successful and prosperous is exclusive of being a yogi. Many yogic principles go against the mainstay of Western consumption and comfort. The Niyamas and Yamas, for example, are specific guidelines on what we must do, how we must live, to attain the ultimate state of yoga (union with […]

Niyamas and Yamas: The 10 “Commandments” of Yoga

Patanjali outlined what he called Ashtanga Yoga, or the “eight-limbed” Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga is a classification of the eight stages on the route to Self-Realization: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. Ashtanga Yoga (also called Raja Yoga) is not a “type” of Yoga; it is Yoga. It provides not only an invaluable “road […]