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Yamas: Moral Code of Yoga

Yamas: Moral Code of Yoga

Rules! We are just getting this adventure up and running and you want to lay down the rules?!?

Yes. There are five yamas or rules for working in the external world. By putting these out there, I hope to let you know what you can expect when working with me. Furthermore, they also outline my expectations of you.

1. Ahimsa (a-him-za): non-violence, do no harm

Not only will I stress, but I will INSIST that yoga is not pain. In working together, we may find your edge, and it could be uncomfortable. However, you should never feel pain in yoga. Besides physical pain, this also covers emotional pain. Therefore COMPASSION is required in yoga. Even yogis who have practiced their whole lives are still practicing. There are no master’s in yoga…we are all still learning and challenging ourselves. This is why compassion and understanding for yourself is of upmost importance. Instead of the self-criticism we often heap upon our oopsies, a well-placed, “Hey! Good job showing up and doing your best” is more appropriate.

2. Satya (so-ti-ah): non-lying, be honest

At times, it may seem that truthfulness might fly in the face of Ahimsa. Don’t look for the “gotcha”; just be honest with yourself and others. If you must tell a hard truth, ask yourself if you can do it for the betterment of the other. Is the truth delivered with kindness? In yoga, this may mean that I need to say, “Hey, Friend, you may not be ready for the full expression of that pose. Let’s try it this way.” You may also have to say to me, “Hey, Jaimee, I am struggling with this. Can you give me a modification?” In all communications, honesty is important.

3. Asteya (ah-stay-ah): non-stealing

Besides the obvious, we don’t take what isn’t freely given, Asteya also applies to our yoga practice. If we push ourselves past our edge into pain, we are stealing our health from our bodies. If we are injured, then we have stolen time from another practice in order to heal.

4. Brahmacharya (bra-ma-char-i-ah): moderation

There are as many interpretations of Brahmacharya as there are opinions of people. However, for our practice together, moderation could be conserving our energy for a sustained practice. If we push ourselves too far too early in the practice, then we won’t have the wherewithal to finish strong. If we come to practice having eaten too much or too little, then this too takes away from our time. As a point of reference, you want to wait 30 minutes after a light snack or at least an hour or two after a heavy meal before practicing yoga.

5. Aparigraha (ah-par-i-gra-ha): give without expectation; non-greed

Also said to be “non-coveting”, Aparigraha could mean being content with your yoga practice as it is today, in this moment. I will share yoga with you and provide modifications so that you see how you can practice yoga regardless of physical condition, age, etc. In return, you will honor your body’s limitations and keep a growth mindset, telling yourself, “I may not be able to achieve the full expression YET, but it will come to me with time and practice.”

The five yamas work off the mat as well. If you only had five rules to live by and apply to your life, you couldn’t ask for five more simple yet fully encompassing rules than the yamas. There are five niyamas, or rules for your personal conduct (how you deal internally with yourself), as well. More on that next time.

Yoga International is one of the most trusted resources in the yoga world. Read their article on the yamas by clicking here.

Welcome to Yoga with Jaimee

Welcome to Yoga with Jaimee
Practice Yoga with Jaimee in Plano TX

Yoga is for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe yoga, the mind-body-spirit connected yoga, is a complete workout that EVERYONE can use to become healthy. I left the grind of the corporate world and became a yoga instructor so that I could help others find the health that I have discovered through yoga.

When I first committed to changing my life and getting healthy more than three years ago, I weighed more that 330

Jaimee's Before and After Picture | Every Day Active Challenge

Before and after picture taken when I hit the 100 pound lost milestone.

pounds and was recovering from having the gastric sleeve procedure. Once I was cleared for exercise, friends and family were enlisted to walk and work out with me. I eventually chose a personal trainer at a chain gym as well. Almost from the beginning, I knocked heads with my trainer because he didn’t quite understand from where I was coming. He had never been morbidly obese, nor did he know the challenges of managing nutrition and exercise for someone who was learning this new lifestyle. I therefore struggled to be successful with the traditional gym workout (cardio and weightlifting) and eventually quit the trainer.

From that point I sought out fitness classes, remembering my love of yoga. In 2000, I had discovered yoga for the first time at the local community center. The instructor INSISTED that everyone could be successful in yoga. Additionally, she worked doggedly to provide modifications and alternatives to the full expression of the poses so that everyone WAS successful. Almost two decades later, this type of yoga instruction is rare and difficult to find. At the chain gym, almost all of the yoga classes were ego-centric, filled with only the push to achieve the sweat, hold the pose and survive the heat. This did not make me want to continue at the gym, but I knew I needed to keep seeking until I found what I knew I needed.

During one of my follow-up visits with my bariatric doctor, the physician’s assistant suggested that I become the answer to my own challenge and become a personal trainer. I laughed at the time because the thought of me being physically fit enough to be a personal trainer seemed an impossible feat. However, after three years of training and trying every type of physical fitness, I have lost more than 120 pounds and conquered that negative thinking by earning my Registered Yoga Trainer 200 hour designation.

Yoga with Jaimee is my new reality. This is the beginning of my career in helping others achieve health with yoga. Thank you for joining the adventure. We will use this space to provide motivation and instruction in how you can incorporate yoga into your life. Be on the look out for not only my musings of yoga and how it will change your life but also for videos explaining poses, positive affirmations and so much more.

Contact me to set up your personal yoga instruction at the location of your choice. I am excited to share the power of yoga with you.