Episode: 47

Yamas & Niyamas – The Missing Link (Part 1 of 2)

The Yamas & Niyamas play a fundamental role in the lives of yoga students & yoga teachers. In the modern yoga context, there’s so much talk of ‘living your yoga’ yet these foundational aspects are either oversimplified or treated as black or white by modern yoga teachers and YTTs.

The truth is just these 2 limbs of yoga, can give you the strongest, most rock-solid foundation you can ever ask for in your yoga. Being established in the yamas & niyamas will strengthen your journey as a yoga seeker more than you can imagine.

I invited Savira Gupta back to the show today to discuss the role of the yamas and niyamas in the context of modern yoga. When you listen you’ll hear us go through many layers & nuances of these 2 limbs of yoga. Savira gives some examples of how we can apply them to our everyday life. She highlights the importance of understanding these before you go into the deeper role of becoming a yoga teacher.

Savira mentions that as yoga teachers, we need to expand our understanding of the Yamas and Niyamas. We need to study more and exert more effort to deepen our knowledge. This broader understanding will enable us to offer our students true knowledge and deeper understanding.

This is not a conversation for yoga teachers alone but also anyone who walks the path of yoga in any capacity. You’ll walk away feeling enriched & more deeply connected to your yoga practice at the end of this conversation.

If you have questions for Part 2, please email them to [email protected] before July 10th, 2021.

Yamas & Niyamas Episode Highlights…

  • Why are the yamas and niyamas the first two limbs of yoga?
  • Savira elaborates on the statement, “The person practicing yoga needs to come first before stepping into the role of a yoga teacher.”
  • Are yamas and niyamas used as codes of ethics for yoga teachers?
  • Why are yamas and niyamas not so established in the West?
  • The difference between the yamas and niyamas
  • The best way to learn the yamas
  • Is one Yama more substantial than the others?
  • Taking Ahimsa out of context
  • Why Brahmacharya is in the yamas

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Savira Gupta

Savira comes from a family of strong women rooted in the Arya Samaj Tradition; a tradition that was founded in April 1875 by Swami Dayanand Saraswati, who wanted to revive the Vedic way of life and the need to create a just society for all despite colour, cast or creed. Having spent her childhood in Malaysia, formative years in India, teenage years in France and adult years both in the UK and USA, she believes that this has given her the foundation to relate to people from all walks of life. Out of her passion for Yin Yoga, formed whilst a senior teacher with Yogalife. She decided to establish her own Art of Svādhyāya™ through Yin and Hatha Yoga Trainings in New Delhi and Chennai, bringing Yin Yoga into the spotlight.


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