A skilled yogi blossoms even while living in the three gunas, just as a lotus flower blossoms in muddy waters.

I consider the 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas to be the two most important limbs among the Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga. The Yamas and Niyamas, a mix of ethics and restraints, are the needed foundation for one's yoga journey. They are the pillars of yoga. But unfortunately their importance is not emphasized in most yoga classes, and many yoga students have not even heard of them. The 5 Yamas are: Ahimsa (Non-violence), Satya (Truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (abiding in Self, moderation in sensual pleasures), Aparigraha (non-accumulation). The 5 Niyamas are: Saucha (Cleanliness and purity), Santosha (Contentment), Tapas ( Self-discipline that includes service and...