The yamas and niyamas (ethical guidelines) are the first two steps of the Raja Yoga system and create the foundation of spiritual life. They consist of 10 principles that provide a moral compass for developing character. Their practice rids us of desires, cravings, and negative qualities and fills the heart with love, kindness, and goodness. Come learn how to systematically cultivate these virtues by using a spiritual diary, meditation, affirmations, introspection, and other yogic methods that can be applied in your daily life.
Pranava Chaitanya is an advanced Sivananda Yoga teacher and senior staff at the ashram. He regularly teaches workshops, courses, and delivers satsang talks on a variety of topics including yogic practice, meditation, positive thinking, raja yoga, yogic diet, stress management, and yogic tools for happiness. He is one of the most popular and beloved teachers of our Sivananda Essentials Courses. He teaches with love, compassion, and care for his students, while delivering the materials in a very clear and coherent manner. Pranava Chaitanya is also a member of the Hatha Yoga team of our Yoga Teacher Training Courses (TTCs) at the ashram. He is the manager of the ashram kitchen and an expert on yogic and Ayurvedic nutrition and diet.
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