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Yog Dharm or Yoga Dharma refers to Dharmic philosophical principles

The Yamas harness the instinctive nature, with its governing the impulses of fear, anger, jealousy, selfishness, greed and lust. Niyamas are the religious observances that cultivate and bring forth the refined soul qualities, lifting awareness into the consciousness of the higher chakras of love, compassion, selflessness, intelligence and bliss.

  • Yamas: Restraints or Dont's
    1. Ahimsa - non-violence, non-injury, harmlessness
    2. Satya - truthfulness, honesty (non lying, non bragging, non embelishing)
    3. Asteya/Achurya - non-stealing, non-coveting, non-entering into debt, non-misappropriativeness
    4. Brahmacharya - restraint of senses
    5. Kshama - forgiveness for the past, mercifull for historic sins, patience in the present
    6. Dhriti - steadfastness, overcoming non perserverance, fear, indecision; seeing each task through completion
    7. Daya - compassion; conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings.
    8. Arjava - honesty, straightforwardness, renouncing deception and wrongdoing.
    9. Mitahara - moderate appetite, neither eating too much nor to little; nor consuming meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs.
    10. Shaucha - purity, avoidance of impurity in body, mind and speech, cleanliness
    11. Aparigraha - non-possessiveness, non-greed, non-selfishness, non-acquisitiveness
  • Niyamas: Duties & Responsibilities or Do's
    1. Hri - remorse for misdeeds
    2. Santosh - contentment; being satisfied with the resources at hand - therefore not desiring more; peacefulness
    3. Dana - giving, without thought of reward
    4. Astikya - Faith, believing firmly in the Guru, believing firmly in the path to enlightenment, believing firmly in the religious scriptures
    5. Ishvarapujana - worship of the Lord, the cultivation of devotion through daily worship and meditation, the return to the source
    6. Siddhanta shravana - scriptural listening, studying the teachings and listening to the wise of one's lineage
    7. Mati - cognition, developing a spiritual will and intellect with the Guru's guidance
    8. Vrata - sacred vows, fulfilling religious vows, rules and observances faithfully
    9. Japa - recitation, chanting Religious scriptutes daily
    10. Tapas - austerity, spiritual discipline
    11. Swadhyaya - introspective self-study, spiritual study
    12. Ishwarapranidhana - self-surrender to god, offering of one's life to God

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