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The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, a book review

The yamas and niyamas are the ten guidelines for leading a positive and productive life.  They are described in Patajanli’s Yoga Sutras and can be applied to many aspects of everyday life.  Wading through the Sutras can be a challenge depending upon the translation.  Author Deborah Adele has provided a hands on and easy to grasp compendium on the yamas and niyamas in her book, The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice.

Adele devotes a chapter to each of the yamas and niyamas respectively.  She describes how they apply to daily life and often refers to her own experience grappling with each to clarify how one can achieve them.  She clearly defines each of the yamas and niyamas and offers the reader some easy to understand examples to help aid their understanding.  However the best part of this book is the weekly guided tour of yamas and niyamas that Adele offers the readers at the end of each chapter.  She suggests ways the reader can reflect and improve upon their approach to these tenents.  Her guidelines are simple but very thought-provoking and useful.

This book is great companion to anyone studying the Yoga Sutras or other yogic philosphy texts.  Adele has broken down some difficult concepts into easily grasped ideas which are useful to students of both yoga and yogic philosphy.

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