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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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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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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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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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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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The book was both written and read with purity!

The narrator read the book as if she believed every word which made my listen extremely intriguing.

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blissful

love the stories to focus my attention on each Jewel. wonderful narration, smooth and easy to understand.

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beautiful insightful words written with love

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know themselves and the world with deeper meaning and grace. May your spirits be showered with blessings.

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Great Read

Loved it, made the Yamas and Niyamas come to life in today's society and very relatable

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Simply and powerful

amazing information on how to live a joyful life. The most practical and concise explanation of what it is to live in this world.

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Wonderfully accessible breakdown

This relatable and easy to digest summary of the 8 fold path is a great listen.

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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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  • 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 😊