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The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice

by Deborah Adele, ERYT-500

The Yamas and Niyamas are yoga's ten ethical guidelines and are foundational to all yogic thought. They comprise the first two limbs of Yoga's eight-fold path and provide the toolkit you need for skillful living.

The Yamas and Niyamas are like a detailed map, telling you where you are and how to look for the next landmark. The Yamas and Niyamas free you to take ownership of your life and direct it towards the fulfillment you seek. Gaining the the skills to choose attitude, thought and action may be the grandest adventure you can choose.

In this book each Yama and Niyama has been given its own chapter in which the philosophy of the guideline is woven with practical examples and stories. At the end of the chapter Deborah provides questions that challenge the reader to find deeper insight.

This book is written to serve either as the student's textbook for a teacher-lead, in-depth study, or for the individual on a personal journey. This book is also perfect for book clubs and yoga teachers in training.

The Yamas include:

Ahimsa ~ Nonviolence
Satya ~ Truthfulness
Asteya ~ Nonstealing
Brahmacharya ~ Nonexcess
Aparigraha ~ Nonpossessiveness

The Niyamas include:

Saucha ~ Purity
Santosha ~ Contentment
Tapas ~ Self-discipline
Svadhyaya ~ Self-study
Ishvara Pranidhana ~ Surrender

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About the Author

Deborah's bio image. Deborah Adele holds master's degrees in both Liberal Studies and Theology & Religion. An ERYT500, she carries yoga certifications in Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Meditation. She is also trained as a Gestalt practitioner and a Somatics educator. For over 14 years, Deborah brought her combined knowledge of business and her in-depth knowledge of yoga philosophy to build Yoga North, a now thriving yoga center. Currently she is writing, teaching, consulting, and engaging her own personal practice.

Deborah worked for three years as a consultant with a firm out of Boulder, Colorado, where she combined the concept of body and breath with organizational development skills to improve leadership and management in various businesses around the country. Deborah is the author of the groundbreaking book The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice. In addition, she has authored various published articles, two CDs The Art of Relaxation and The Practice of Meditation, and has been sought after as a keynote speaker. Deborah currently owns Adele & Associates, a company whose goal is to increase clarity, productivity, and right-living in individuals and systems.

Deborah is a keen and innovative thinker, and, in whatever venue she finds herself, consistently uses her knowledge and training to support others in living a life imbued with balance, clarity, and well-being.

Deborah is drawn deeply to the depth of Yoga philosophy and feels her life has been dramatically enlivened from these concepts. It is her greatest joy to share these teachings with others. To continue your studies with Deborah through lectures, workshops, or teacher training, or for further information on other products and events, visit her website:

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