Yamas and Niyamas a Yin Sequence: Moving Meditation


Supported Child’s Pose
Nonviolence: Courage demands our best self

Down dog
Hands to feet
Forward fold

(Each practice building fire through your foundation, core and breath. Can you begin to heat your body while standing still?)
Exploring: Tapas, Saucha-purity

Gentle transition to the top of the mat

Tree Pose
(Each facing away from one another, exploring the pose)
Exploring: Nonstealing, Contentment & Truthfulness
(Finding our authentic voice. Allowing it to appear.)

Forward fold
Gently lower yourself to the mat
Come onto your back

Supported Suptabada Kanasana
(bolster or block supporting each leg)
Exploring: Nonexcess and Nonviolence (allowing our bodies natural expansion and rest)

Bring knees together
Windshield wiper your legs
Move bolsters from mat
Grab blocks or a block

Supported Bridge
(Block(s) resting on sacrum, keep alignment, allow blocks to support pose)
Exploring: Nonpossessiveness (trusting breath, Feeling our bodies supported, returning to our breath)

Remove blocks set them to the side
Bring bolsters to you
Straight back, both legs long, spine alignment
Hands on hips
Fold from hips

Supported Seated Forward Fold
(bolster(s) resting on legs)
Exploring: Saucha-Purity (hold each scattered thought that comes to mind and breathe)

Shared Shavasana-A Human Mandala
(Coming into savasana, reaching your arms up and over your bodies, forming a triangle using your index fingers and thumbs, touching or not touching)
Exploring: Ishvara Prandidhana-Surrender


Yamas and Niyamas A Teacher Training Module

ethics, Yoga

I really enjoyed exploring the book The Yamas and Niyamas: Yoga’s Ethical Practice when I was in teacher training. The book was the inspiration for the final ‘assignment’ of mine in teacher training. We had to create a workshop and be ready to present it. I had this idea that I would create a workshop using these ethical practices and tie them to building communities of social justice within our own personal and community yoga classes.

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Needless to say it got really convoluted on paper and the exploring of ideas was a little flat. It was good learning experience working to bring yoga philosophy into a primarily physically focused group. BUT despite the awkward conversation, the 60 minute class inspired by the book ended up being really cool. It was the first of many nonviolent based yin classes in a power yoga setting I’ve gone on to offer. With each exploration of this book I have refined the offering. Most recently, I developed a workshop that I will link to as a resource at the bottom of this post. It is for you to use personally or to explore with other students.

On this second teacher training module I was able to get a little more clear. I created a clear agenda, exploring questions, a tool for engaging in your home practice and an experiential sequence. It was a written exploration of key concepts of each of the yamas and niyamas. After which the teacher trainees participated in a power yin style sequence that was directly tied to the individual practices (purity, non-stealing, nonviolence etc.).

Here are links to the materials:

Yamas and Niyamas Workshop

Moving Meditation Sequence for Yamas and Niyamas