When most people hear the word Yoga, they think of bendy body movements, meditation and maybe some breathing practices. However, there are two other limbs of Yoga which you may not be aware of… unless you have studied Yoga in-depth. These are a set of ethical precepts called the Yamas (translated as restraints) and Niyamas (translated as observances). Indeed, if we learn to implement their teachings, they can help us to live a healthier lifestyle.
I like to think of these precepts simply as follows:
Firstly, the Yamas, are things which may bring unpleasantness into your life if you do them. Therefore, you want to avoid them and cultivate their opposite. These include: