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The Yamas and Niyamas of Patanjali’s Yoga #58
Of greatest import, and mostly overlooked by general practitioners of physical yoga today, these ten principles of authentic Yoga are to be well-studied and practiced even before the aspirant sits in asana or practices breathing exercises. The lack of doing so, i.e., becoming nonviolent, truthful, nonattached, pure, studious, etc, rises up in early the individual’s sadhana as distraction, imbalance of mind, lack of control, betrayal of the path, and other unsavory manifestations. With the yamas and niyamas well learned and implemented, the seeker of Truth can climb the higher branches of the Tree of Yoga without fear of falling or failing.