Yoga Student Guidelines
1. Amihsa: non-harming/non-violence
Practice: Compassion, empathy, love, understanding, patience, self-love and respect, Care and respect for all sentient beings, including the Earth.
2. Satya: truthfulness
Practice: honesty, own your feelings, be honest with yourself. Communicate from a place of love and clarity, assertiveness when needed, let go of masks/false posturing/pretense. Be real.
3. Asteya: non-stealing of time or property
Practice: Be respectful of other people's time, ideas, energy, property and belongings.
4. Brahmacharya: energy moderation
Practice: listen to your body. Work smarter not harder, all things in moderation. Learn to conserve energy. Know your limits & set energetic boundaries. From this space, create vitality & productive energy.
5. Aparigraha: non-attachment/non-greed
Practice: "Act for the action's sake"~ Bhaga Vhad Gita, without attachment to the end result. Allow your movements & breathing to let prana (life force) move through you. As the prana circulates through your body, it will burn through stored emotions, false-beliefs and fears.
6. Saucha: purity/cleanliness
Practice: evenness of mind, thoughts, speech & critical discernment. Purity of body, cleanliness, good health habits, a clear and orderly environment.
7. Santosha: contentment
Practice: gratitude and joyfulness; remain calm with success or failure. This state of mind does not depend on any external status.
8. Tapas: right effort
Practice: determination to pursue daily practices, making sacrifices as necessary, enthusiasm for the spiritual path. Joyfulness with outer discipline will lead to inner discipline.
9. Svadhyaya: self-study
Practice: self-observation & reflection, meditation, wanting to know the Truth.
10. Ishvara Pranidhana: dedication to a higher power/Grace
Practice: faith, dedication, sincerity, and patience to transcend the ego, which is resistant to surrender.