Yamas & Niyamas

Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice
Narrated by: Laura Jennings
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The first two limbs of the eight-fold path of yoga sutras - the basic text for classical yoga - are examined in this spiritual guide to the practice of yoga. Foundational to all yogic thought, they 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.

©2009 Deborah Adele (P)2018 Tantor

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Excellence

This book has much information in a fairly short amount of time. It doesn’t drag on.
Narration is pleasant.

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The Ancient Ethical Practice (Yoga Sutras)

There is not much here. If you want the ancient wisdom, just read the Sutras. What is here is a rehash of the obvious with a healthy dose of self righteousness and condescension.

I could not get past the one hand on hip finger waggingness of the author, even though it is read with a clear and lovely voice.

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Great narrating and information

For my yoga 200 hr training course. Narrator was wonderful. A bit more religious oriented than I prefer than spiritual but I get the writers point. Too many personal references; would prefer world or story perspectives from others view than I statements.

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This is an awesome study tool!

I've enjoyed listening to this over and over again. it is very thought provoking for sure.

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Current life examples of practicing yogic principles

The author speaks naturally about applying these ancient good-hearted restraints and observances in modern day life. I am brand new yoga instructor and found this useful for natural integration of the Yamas and Niyamas into everyday life.

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Wisdom through the lens of a White Saviour

Decent breakdown of Patanjali's sutras but the author - a self-admitted egoist - has obviously written this book for herself. Contains some insight but most of the desperate attempts at saying something profound mainly sound naive or cringy. Mostly the book is only a little better than what you'd expect from the stereotypical upper middle-class white woman who begins to dabble in eastern spirituality to gain some substance to their bourgeoise life.
"Being human is the greatest adventure you can have", she attempts from her cozy life. Tolerate the platitudes and there's some food for thought.

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Unfortunately, nothing special.

The subject matter is interesting to those who want to explore the 8 limbs of yoga more deeply. The narration is pretty good, and does not detract from the topic. The description and the reviews entice you in. However, the content is basic and, in my opinion, is discussed in a pedestrian manner. I could see it being good for a beginner starting out on the journey beyond the yoga class. But unfortunately, there is nothing very helpful for those who already have some experience in a broader yoga practice.

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A Jewel of Spiritual Guidance

This book is rich in both wisdom and spiritual guidance/techniques. I really enjoyed the narration, and there was so much to take in that I know I will have to revisit it again in print. This book would be a great Christmas or New Year's gift as it goes through 12 months of practices so you can embody/experience the Yamas and Niyamas in your everyday life.

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Beautiful

It was hard to settle in at first since audio narrations sounds robotic. However, I adjusted and was able to focus on content and eventually enjoyed the narration.

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Begin again...

This text is an invaluable part of spiritual growth as a yogi, human being, and citizen of planet earth.
This book compels the reader to pick it up again and again. Continuing to drop new lessons with each pass.
The individual sections are simply laid out so that the reader can grasp the concepts of each Yama and Niyama easily.
The Journaling recommendations at the end of each section invite introspection and facilitate self realization beautifully.
The teachings of each ethical principle can be applied to different aspects of life and their truths change based upon each readers experience and where they are in their journey.
Everyone, regardless of faith or your understanding of God, can benefit from this book.
It’s an instructional manual on how to be happy.
Makes a great gift!

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  • The Nexus Yogi
  • 07-10-19

Insightful & inspirational

There hasn't been many books or audiobooks I've picked up & couldn't put down, I guess this had something to do with my journey into yoga & currently doing teacher training.

I found this book to be a perfect introduction to the ethics of yoga, it's yamas & Niyamas are beautifully written & delivered with easy relatable & understandings points to the somewhat complexities that come with opening your heart, mind & perceptions to day to day life.

The chapter explorations of enriching & leave you with awareness insight to think about.

Overall this book is excellent for people practicing Yoga & want to know more of it ethics but also as a gentle read, audio book or physical copy this will be a book you return to again & again.

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  • Liz Collins
  • 05-26-18

Great book

Excellent book full of jewels for living a healthy life. Very inspiring and easy to listen too. Will listen again and do exercises.

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  • Cookie
  • 04-06-20

Insightful

As someone who is new to yoga this book offers invaluable insight into the philosophy. Thank you

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  • Will
  • 11-19-19

great for the aspiring yogi and non yogi alike..

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of wisdom, will definitely revisit periodically. worth every penny.

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  • Julia Wojciechowski
  • 04-28-19

great overview but a little subjective

I loved the overview of yamas and niyamas but felt the narrative was overridden with person antecdotes and stories that made it hard, at times, to relate to.

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  • Genevieve Stynes
  • 05-21-18

Want to listen but can’t.

I love the content of this book but find the readers voice annoying...whispered and affected. Just because it is on yogic content doesn’t mean that the voice has to be this whispered and affected tone. It annoys me when I hear yoga teachers talk like this. It is not their natural voice when they then go to order a coffee at a cafe!! Not necessary! I am going to buy the book because I can’t finish listening to it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-18

Great read! 😍

Realistic and thought provoking examples that help you to understand each of the Yamas and NiYamas! Well read also, easy to follow and expressive 😊