Shriyoga Blog


Posted on February 1st, 2012

…is the recurring theme in my contemplations.

Why are we so willing to call ourselves “yogis” just because we practice pranayama and asana, and then, when it comes to our lives “off the mat”, we are neglectful, forgetful and self-serving?  (Please notice that I used lower case for “self”.)

After numerous certifications, focused study of the underlying ethics of yoga, I still find myself newly realizing how critical these ethics are in experiencing some degree of harmony in life.

Therefore, I am getting out the microscope to study again my own words and actions through the lens of the Yamas and Niyamas. The question will hang: “Do I really practice yoga?”

Below is the list.  Over the course of February and March, I will be riffing on each to share my understanding as I, too, walk this balance beam of basking in the Mystery of it all while navigating the relativity of life on planet Earth.


Ahimsa:  Non-Violence

Satya:  Truthfulness

Asteya:  Not Stealing

Brahmacharya:  Merging with the One

Aparigraha:  Not Grasping


Saucha:  Purity

Santosha:  Contentmen

Tapas:  Burning Enthusiasm

Svadhyaya:  Self-Study

Ishvarapranidhana:  Surrender to the Divine



  1. Zac December 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Fantastic article, thanks!

  2. Reuben December 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This has been insightful.

  3. Shriyoga December 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you Reuben for your feedback.

  4. Lisa Faye Hames December 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    You are a goddess!