Ashtanga (Eight Limbs): Part II

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From “A Yogic Path” by Sahara Rose, illustration by Danielle Noel.

Oddly enough today, I drew the “niyamas” card from my A Yogic Path deck by Sahara Rose* I didn’t intend to post about niyamas today, but I take the card as a sign!

This post is part of a series exploring how the eight limbs of yoga manifest in a yoga practice. See Part I here.

Limb 2: Niyama (observances)

In an asana practice, a yogi strives for purity in mind and body. This relates to cleanliness, both physically and being of a “clean” mind. Simplicity is also valued. In a world where the yoga industry generates millions of dollars a year, a yogi can buy the “latest and greatest” in terms of gear and clothing. A yogi resists overabundance. The asana practice also benefits when a yogi studies the sacred texts and recognizes the supreme being that has power over the world and its inhabitants. The yoga mat is a place for introspection and reflection, and that also plays a role in a yogi’s life off the mat.

* I am loving this deck. It’s the first deck I’ve ever bought. The cards are definitely choosing me!

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