The Yama and Niyama form a key part of one of yoga’s foundational texts: The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali. Loosely, the five yama are guidances for interactions with things external to the self, and the five niyama are personal observances to help us live well.
How often do incessant thoughts go through our minds --- pulling us away from the now?
How much time do we spend on projecting our preconceived images of ourselves unto others?
How do we allow negative emotions to take over our lives?
How many of us go about the day mechanically, leaving us with feelings of being spent?