The yamas and niyamas are a common-sense code recorded in the final section of the Vedas, called Upani-shads, namely the Shandilya and the Varuha. They are also found in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Gorakshanatha, the Tiru-mantiram of Tirumular and in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
The following paragraphs, with accompanying illustrations by A. Manivel of Chennai, elucidate the yamas and niyamas. Presented first are the ten yamas, the do not’s, which harness the instinctive nature, with its governing impulses of fear, anger, jealousy, selfishness, greed and lust. Second are illustrated the ten niyamas, the do’s, the religious observances that cultivate and bring forth the refined soul qualities, lifting awareness into the consciousness of the higher chakras of love, compassion, self-lessness, intelligence and bliss. Together the yamas and niyamas provide the foundation to support our yoga practice so that at-tainments in higher consciousness can be sustained.
|Image:- Noninjury, Ahimsa|
|Image:- Truthfulness, Satya|
|Image:- Divine Conduct, Brahmacharya|
|Image:- Patience, Kshama|
|Image:- Steadfastness, Dhriti|
|Image:- Compassion, Daya|
|Image:- Honesty, Arjava|
|Image:- Moderate Appetite, Mitahara|
|Image:- Purity, Saucha|
By: +Prof : Koti Madhav Balu Chowdary