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The moral principles of yoga

1. Ahimsa - Non-Violence.

Non-Violence in thought, word, and action is the highest priority for a yogi. Peacefulness is the key to a better world and it is based upon the idea that all life is sacred. Fear, weakness, ignorance, and suffering are the causes of violence. A yogi understands this and feels compassion to those who are violent, trying to do his/her best to eradicate the root of violence with love.

 

2. Satyam - Truthfulness

Truthfulness in though is born out of purity of mind and being honest with the self. Truthfulness in word is achieved by not lying. Truthfulness in action requires a balance between the adherence to one's principles and remaining flexible to the changing necessities of the present moment.

3. Asteya - Non-stealing

Not taking what is not given. Non-stealing requires one to cultivate a sense of self-sufficiency, gratitude, and contentment with what one has. Simple living is the best practice of asteya.

4. Brachmacharya - Sexual Continence

To diminish the loss of vital energies from misuse and to develop more meaningful love relationships. It is advised the transmutation of the sexual energy and the conservation of stability in the partnerships.

5. Aparigraha - Detachment

Not being dependent on our belongings, living simply and without excessive sensual indulgence. Also, preserving a balanced state of mind in all circumstances, facing the life as a detached observer.

6. Saucha - Purity

Purity in the body and mind. Keeping our bodies clean and our environment in order we create circumstances in which clarity of thought is possible.

7. Santosha - Contentment

Not trying to become happy by satisfying our countless desires, but rather developing a sense of contentment with life as it already is, cherishing the gifts that are there in each moment as the life unfolds, grateful for what comes our way.

8. Tapas - Austerity

Developing a type of perseverance, passion, and discipline that brings us closer to self-realization and gives us better tools to serve those we love and the humanity in general.

9. Svadhyaya - Self-study

Becoming aware of the the self, learning what guides, motivates, and drives us, what our intentions are, what our deepest fears are, and what subconscious activators prevent us from being truly free in our thoughts, words, and actions.

10. Ishwarapranidhana - Surrender

Learning to surrender to what is, to a moment, to a lover, to a friend. Trusting that whatever happens is there for a reason, accepting each situation as it comes, with an open mind and an open heart.

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