By: Jes Gale, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

The Yamas, or “observances”, are one of the 8 limbs of yoga. There are 5 Yamas. I like think of them as: good guidelines for life. They’re good guidelines because they lead us out of darkness and into the light, or we might say: out of ignorance and into knowing. Aparigraha (uh-par-E-grah-ha) is the 5th of these guideline. It translates loosely to “non-greed”, “non-clinging”, “non-attachment” or “non-hoarding”. Aparigraha challenges our belief that something outside of ourselves will make us happy.

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By Lisa Frank, M.Ed., Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor

This Yama is often interpreted as celibacy, yet it could be said that it represents much more.  It is about creating a virtuous lifestyle, practicing self-control and moderation in all things, including control of one’s sexual desires and impulses.  Life is created through sex and is thus necessary for the survival of a species.  For some celibacy is their chosen virtuous lifestyle, but for most householders’ celibacy is not the aim. Rather than denying sexual pleasure try instead to engage in meaningful and respectful physical contact.  

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By Lisa Frank, M.Ed., Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor


I first started practicing yoga as a teenager with my mom’s Erich Schiffman and Kundalini yoga VHS videos. When I began, I was an active and restless young athlete and I found the mindful practice of yoga difficult and awkward. But, I loved how I felt in savasana and I knew it could help me in my athletic and life endeavors. 
 

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By: Alysa Volpe, Yoga & Meditation Specialist


Do not steal. We all know that stealing is wrong but there are many ways that we steal from others without always recognizing it.
 

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By: Alysa Volpe, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
 

Being truthful is more than being factual with one's speech. It means being compassionate and honest with all the words that are spoken AND unspoken. The stories we tell ourselves are often the biggest lies of all and even if we don't say them out loud, if we believe them...then we are not living with any kind of clarity. Satya is such an important part of a yoga practice because we all have mental habits that we use to defend ourselves from feeling shame, insecurity or even being loved. 
 

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