Practicing yoga poses is just one of the aspects of yoga. Yamas & Niyamas are the first two practices of Yoga according to Patanjali. The Yamas and Niyamas are often seen as ‘moral codes’, or ways of ‘right living’. They really form the foundation of our whole practice, and honouring these ethics as we progress along ‘the path’ means we’re always being mindful of each action, and therefore cultivating a more present and aware state of being.
At Nush Yoga, we also follow the Yamas and Niyamas and have some moral codes and guidelines that we do not call rules. They are ways of doing our best to be mindful, kind, and considerate, so our community can grow together as a family 😊
Here are the 5 most important moral codes for us:
- Ahimsa – nonviolence
This is one of the most important aspects of yoga. At Nush Yoga we do not tolerate any kind of violence, we practice ahimsa towards ourselves and others (not only people, but all beings) in our actions, words and thoughts, and we try to take this practice off the mat into our lives too. Ahimsa means being loving, kind and compassionate to ourselves and others. Practicing ahimsa on the yoga mat includes not having violent, judgy thoughts about ourselves, not using force to get into poses, listening to our bodies and accepting our own limitations. It also means not eating at least two hours before the class 😉 We do practice yoga in a group, but it is a very personal experience, so we try to practice ahimsa towards others too, by not bothering them in their practice with speaking, not taking care of personal hygene or by wearing strong parfumes, by making fun of anyone or invading their personal space. Teachers try to direct you into poses with words, and use only gentle hands-on adjustments.
- Tapas – discipline
Yoga can be done only periodically, but we see it as a way of changing ourselves and our lives, therefore we encourage persistance and discipline. A more regular practice will bring greater benefits. If we want to create a habit we need to be persitant, and we are here to encourage and motivate you. We work as a group, we all have ups and downs, but we are here for each other, and we don’t give up after the first fall. So don’t just give up after the first week or month, and if you do, you can come back to give it another try anytime 😊
We are very strict about making payments on time, the validity of passes (that’s why we have two kinds of passes with different prices), and about registering and applying for classes (and cancelling for classes if you can’t make it!) because it is very important and makes your experience with us better. It might look like a hassle in the beginning, but in time Momoyoga will become your friend, we promise! 😊
- Satya – truthfulness
Truthfulness is very important to us. We live our lives according to our personal truth, we make sure we are completely transparent and honest to you. We also value your honesty. We always accept your constructive feedback and do our best to improve. If you have any kind of health problems or injuries, emotional or psychological issues, please let us know (even if it’s »only« a bad day or low blood pressure). If you do have health issues always consult your doctor before coming for classes – our yoga teachers are not medical specialists. If there is anything we can help you with, please ask. If you are having problems paying for passes, please let us know, don’t just drop out because of that, we are here to help and support you. If you do decide to drop out or take a longer break from yoga for any reason, please do let us know – it makes organizing classes much easier. You don’t have to tell us the reason, just inform us. Same goes for rejoining the classes. We tend to inform you about important things through emails, so please do read them 😊
- Asteya – non stealing
Asteya does not only mean stealing other people’s valuable belongings, but it includes to “not cheat” nor unethically manipulate other’s property or others for one’s own gain. Being late for a yoga class means stealing other people’s time. Coming into class in the first minutes of class when we try to focus and center, means stealing other people’s peace. At Nush Yoga, we love punctuality, allow yourself to come a few minutes before the class. Being late can happen to anyone every now and then, if it does happen to you just make sure you walk into class as quietly as possible and try to come in when we start warming up.
- Svadhyaya – self-study
Our yoga is so much more than just a mere physical exercise (even if it is a great work out for the body!). Our goal is to get to know ourselves completely, only that will allow us to connect to our true self and live a full and happy life. Studying our habits on the yoga mat can go a long way towards recognising our habits off the mat too. The way in which we practice yoga is actually very reflective of the way we practice life. That is why we always work on observing, on being aware and present in the moment. The practice of svadhyaya is not easy – it requires satya (honesty) in order to view ourselves from an honest standpoint, tapas (discipline) – because taking an honest look at ourselves isn’t always something we like doing…. And ahimsa (non violence) which reminds us to look upon ourselves without judgement or criticism.
Welcome to the Nush Yoga family!