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Modern Yoga’s Missing Keys: The Yamas and Niyamas

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In the same way you sneak nutrient-rich peas into your mac ’n’ cheese, you can deepen the meaning of any asana with yoga philosophy. Watch Aadil Palkhivala share simple, concrete ways to bring the yamas and niyamas, two powerful ingredients, onto your mat.

Most yoga students discover asana before they are even aware that postures are ranked third in the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali’s eight-limbed philosophy of yoga. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice those energizing Sun Salutations or your beloved Sirsasana to revisit the ancient foundations of yoga.

Here, master teacher Aadil Palkhivala, Purna Yoga founder who began practicing with B.K.S. Iyengar at the age of 7, offers a basic intro to the yamas and niyamas, the first two limbs on Patanjali’s path. Pick up practical ways to incorporate them into your practice.

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See also from Aadil

Teaching the Yamas in Asana Class
Teaching the Niyamas in Asana Class
The Kleshas: Conquering the Fear of Death (Abhinivesha)