This study group will meet for 8 weeks beginning on January 10, 2015.
We will explore the Yamas and Niyamas, the first two limbs of the eight-fold path of the yoga sutras—the basic text for classical yoga.
The book for this group — The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele — is available at Downtown Books and Coffee - mention the Eka Study Group for a 15 percent discount.
We will read and discuss this spiritual guide to the practice of yoga. Foundational to all yogic thought, the Yamas and Niyamas are considered to be the guidelines to the yoga way of living that free individuals to take ownership of their lives, direct them toward the fulfillment they seek, and gain the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action. The first five guidelines are referred to as the yamas—a Sanskrit word that translates to "restraints"—and encompass nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, or observances—purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. A self-study section at the end of each chapter may also be used for group discussion.
Reading for week one: to page 41
This is a donation based study. Suggested donation is $5 per week ($40 for session) to support the studio.