The Yoga tradition is a way of life; a way of living…
Although the Yoga tradition in the west emphasizes more the Asana practice (= the postures), it is just a small part of the Yoga tradition.
Yoga is a whole way of life that touches all dimensions of life and as such and as a daily practice, it leads to self-knowledge through self-experience and transformation.
The word Yoga means Unity, the two that becomes one…or the multiple that becomes one. The value of interrelationship of harmony with the divine, with others, with everything that exists, and with ourselves.
So Although it’s a self private experience of awareness, It is happening with others, life is to be lived together and manifest this growing together.
The gifts you receive from these practices are the support from the universe, signs you’re doing great, signs of getting into maturity or higher level of yourself is in many times coming with seeing a lot of beauty on your way, that is also your self-experience and at the same time, it’s shared with others.
Yoga is not a collection of talks; nor academic argument either.
It’s a daily choice you make every day when you open your eyes in the morning.
The foundation for you of daily yoga practices are Yama and Niyama:
Yama: (external ethics): Ahimsa: none harming. Satya: truthfulness. Asteya: non-stealing. Brahmacharya: unity. Aparigraha: generosity.
Niyama: (internal ethics): Saucha: purity. Santosha: contentment. Tapas: discipline. Svadyaya: self-study. Ishvara Pranidhana: Surrender.
There are more practices, but these are the basic self-practices for daily life yoga practice and self-experience on the path of self-transformation which happen in the combination and connection with yourself and others.
*(For the full practice and transformation map, you can look at the 8 limbs of yoga).