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The Yamas & Niyamas
The Yamas & Niyamas

The Yamas & Niyamas

Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice


192 Pages, 5.5 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $13.95)

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN 9780974470641

Rights: WOR

On-Word Bound Books, LLC (Sep 2009)
On-Word Bound Books


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A primer for the first two concepts of the eight-path yoga sutras

The first two limbs of the eight-fold path of yoga sutras—the basic text for classical yoga—are examined in this spiritual guide to the practice of yoga. Foundational to all yogic thought, they are considered to be the guidelines to the yoga way of living that free individuals to take ownership of their lives, direct them toward the fulfillment they seek, and gain the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action. The first five guidelines are referred to as the yamas—a Sanskrit word that translates to "restraints"—and encompass nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, or observances—purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. A self-study section at the end of each chapter may also be used by instructors for group discussion.


"Compassionate, lively, and wise, The Yamas & Niyamas provides a portal into a recognition beyond tradition; a living way to relate from our highest vibratory level into our present world, regardless of cultural or religious background." —Randine Lewis, MSOM, LAc, PhD, author, The Infertility Cure and The Way of The Fertile Soul

"With the voice of a storyteller, Deborah Adele brings this ancient wisdom to light with modern tales common to us all. This is the behavior we need for a sustainable world." —Anodea Judith, PhD, author, Eastern Body-Western Mind and Waking the Global Heart

"A great book. Deborah’s style is fresh and truthful, her writing inviting and inspiring, and her suggestions for integrating the concepts into life downright simple." —Susi Hately Aldous, BSc, author, Anatomy and Asana and The Art of Slowing Down

"A jewel of a book. In this volume, we find not only the practical insights of classical yoga, but simultaneously the deep wisdom, subtlety, and joyfulness that these practices produce." —Phil Nuernberger, Ph.D., author, The Warrior Sage and Strong and Fearless

"These guidelines will certainly motivate readers to get rid of negative habits and adopt positive values." —Tathaatsu Magazine

"Applying restraints and observances may sound limiting, but the result, as yogis have always discovered, is just the opposite: the joy of discovery, creativity, spontaneity, and being able to learn from and move past our mistakes. The author presents a gentle introduction and guidance for this powerful practice." —Light of Conciousness Magazine

Author Biography

Deborah Adele holds master’s degrees in both Liberal Studies and Theology & Religious Studies. An ERYT500, she carries yoga certifications in Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Meditation. She is also trained as a Gestalt practitioner and a Somatic Educator. For over 14 years, Deborah brought her combined knowledge of business and her in-depth knowledge of yoga philosophy to build Yoga North, now a thriving yoga center. Currently she is writing, teaching, consulting, and engaging her own personal practice. Deborah worked for three years as a consultant with a firm out of Boulder, Colorado, where she combined the concept of body and breath with organizational development skills to improve leadership and management in various businesses around the country. She wrote a regular wellness column for the Duluth News Tribune and has authored two CD’s, The Art of Relaxation and The Practice of Meditation. Deborah currently owns Adele & Associates, a company whose goal is to increase clarity, productivity, and right-living in individuals and systems. Deborah is a keen and innovative thinker, and, in whatever venue she finds herself, consistently uses her knowledge and training to support others in living a life imbued with balance, clarity, and well-being. In addition to her business and yoga experience, Deborah has made several trips to India for study and exploration. She feels it is important to continually ask ourselves the question, “What does it mean to be human?” by putting ourselves in places we can be challenged and changed, by telling ourselves the truth, and by sitting in some form of prayer, meditation, or reflection daily. Deborah currently resides in Duluth with her husband Doug, a Lutheran minister, where their conversations around spirituality remain lively. Her life is enriched by their two sons and four grandchildren. To learn more about Deborah visit her website: