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.
Last week, I was lucky enough to catch up with one of the people who has inspired me in my own yoga practice over the years. The conversation, naturally, turned to yoga. We sat outside in the cold London winter, tea in hands, and talked about yoga practice, and yoga teachers, and what it actually means to "be your own teacher."