The First and Second Branches of the Eight Branched Tree (Ashtanga)
of the Classical Royal Yoga (Raja Yoga)
Yoga's Guidelines for Conscious Living
Yamas – Living with Other People
kindness, compassion, not harming others with actions or thoughts
Truthfulness, honesty, giving constructive feedback, fairness
Asteya: Non-stealing, not
coveting, not being jealous, honest labor, justice
Moderation, not overindulging, sobriety, self-control, keeping your
Non-possessiveness, not greedy, not being so selfish, simplicity
Refer also to the Five Ethical Precepts of Buddhism
Living with Ourselves
Shaucha: Purity, clarity,
cleanliness, orderliness surrounding self and thoughts
Santosha: Contentment ,
simple joyfulness, gratitude
, simple joyfulness, gratitude
3. Tapas: Austerity, commitment, discipline, work, effort, intense commitment
4. Swadhyaya: Self-education, study, learning, spiritual practices
Surrendering to God or the Divine Energy of the Universe, having
heartfelt thanks for being able to love and live, showing the presence
of divine love by being loving to others
These are guidelines
or general principles for you to reflect on before you make choices and act.
Yoga is a method for helping you achieve contentment, inner peace, insight, and well-being.
Learn about the virtues, think clearly about the good life, and try to live a virtuous life.
Practice some yoga postures (asanas) and breathing methods (pranayama) each day.
Listen carefully to the advice of wise teachers, mentors, and spiritual leaders (gurus).
These guidelines for
conscious living are taken from the “Yoga
Sutra” compiled by
the wise Indian scholar Pantanjali over 1,900 years ago.
about Classical Raja Yoga can be found at Mike Garofalo’s
Valley Spirit Hatha Yoga website at: www.egreenway.com.
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