The Niyamas – Guidelines for Personal Behavior


Cleanliness, purity, keeping our bodies and surroundings clean and neat, physical as well as mental purity, internal and external cleanliness.


Contentment, the ability to be comfortable with what we have and what we do not have, positive attitude towards past, present, and future events.


Heat, burning, shining, ascetic devotion, a burning desire to reach perfection, self-discipline, the restraint of impurities in our physical and mental systems through the maintenance of such correct habits as sleep, exercise, nutrition, work, and relaxation, a disciplined life that aims for mental and physical balance.  Tapas develops strength in body, mind, and character.


Study which leads to knowledge of the self, study and the necessity to review and evaluate progress, study of spiritual books, daily study of scared texts, including chanting the sacred syllable “Om”.

Isvara Pranidhana

Reverence to a higher intelligence, Self; surrender to God, making God the focus of concentration.

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