Episode: 126

A Masterclass in the Yamas – Part 1 of 2 with Vikram Jeet Singh

Yamas is a topic that I think we don’t pause enough on in modern yoga and is often overlooked. They’re not always a checklist item in yoga. We see people talking about the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras that I almost feel we’re skipping ahead. Embodying yamas I believe is almost a prerequisite before one goes deeper into yoga. So I decided to invite my most frequent guest on the podcast, Vikram Jeet Singh, to do a two-part series about the Yamas.

In this first part of the masterclass, we’ll discuss the five Yamas one by one. Vikram shares a lot of wisdom and insights into each of them and also gives us some practical advice on how to practice the yamas effectively in modern yoga, how to measure progress and stick with the practice.

I really appreciate how Vikram is extremely generous in sharing his wisdom in an effortless manner. I really hope that this first part of our conversation about the Yamas will give you so much insight and clarity.

The Yamas Episode Highlights:

  • Why do Yamas stand at the top of the 8 limbs of yoga?
  • The five Yamas
  • Why is Ahimsa (non-harm) central to a yogi’s life?
  • The role of Satya in a yogi’s life
  • Putting Ahimsa and Satya into practice
  • Asteya: Why is constantly wanting an impediment?
  • Brahmacharya: Why are sensual and/or sexual gratifications considered an impediment on the path of yoga?
  • The relevance of Aparigraha
  • How do we stick to the Yamas?
  • How to know if a practitioner is making progress

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Vikram Jeet Singh

Vikram took his first asana class at Modo Yoga in the fall of 2006 and right away fell in love with the practice. After regularly practicing for about a year and a half, he finished the 500 hour Modo Teacher Training in Kerala, India in March 2008. After teaching part-time for a few months, Vikram decided to switch careers and ultimately left his HR job to pursue a full-time teaching career. Vikram has taught at various Modo locations in the GTA since November 2008. Over the course of the years, he has accumulated over 11,000+ hours of teaching experience.


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