Time for that 'new year new you' business, but we at Sukoun know that your life is continuously evolving and unfolding - though we do not need a new year to make it happen!
We have been reading and re-reading one of our favorite and most prized books this month, 'The Yamas and Niyamas' by Deborah Adele.
What are the Yamas and Niyamas you ask?The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path. They’re like a map written to guide you on your life’s journey. Simply put, the yamas are things not to do, or restraints, while the niyamas are things to do, or observances. Together, they form a moral code of conduct.
The five yamas, self-regulating behaviors involving our interactions with other people and the world at large, include:
We thought it would be a great idea to expand our practice off our mats and try hold steadfast and observe to each yama and niyama for a month - carefully studying and applying each in our daily lives. The idea is if one tries to uphold one, the others will naturally follow.
To stay motivated, we decided to hold the intention collectively with our amazing students and teachers.
We hope you have an amazing and enriching experience at Sukoun in 2016 filled with growth, light and love!
The Sukoun Family