The first five YAMAS (Yoga's Ethical Disciplines)

The Yama’s are Yoga’s ethical restraints, or disciplines. They’re the first of eight limbs along the path of Yoga, which is considered an entire way of life. Most people are aware of the first five Yamas, with the additional five being lesser known. The term Yama can be interpreted in a variety of ways such as, ‘moral restraint,’ ‘to rein in,’ ‘to curb,’ or an ‘ethical duty.’ The first mention of the Yamas is in the Rigveda (verse 5.61.2) and is mentioned again in the Jain Agamas.

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