Join us on the third Wednesday of every month for a study group on Deborah Adele's Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice. The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the eight-fold path of the Yoga Sutras. 'Yama' is a Sanskrit word meaning restraint, and 'niyama' means observance. The five yamas are nonviolence, truthfulness, non-theft, non-excessiveness, and non-possessiveness. The five niyamas are purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. Together, and when practiced, the yamas and niyamas are thought to help free us from the obstacles to greater joy and fulfillment in life. Adele's book is a very readable and practical guide for living the yamas and niyamas, and thus deepening and enlivening our yoga practice. Each Wednesday's gathering and discussion runs from 7:30-9:00 PM. The program starts January 15. Our first session will cover just the first Yama: nonviolence (ahimsa). We will then have four weeks to work through Adele's explorations or practical exercises to help us examine and reinforce non-violence as a personal practice. We will share our findings at each meeting and begin work on the next yama or niyama. Each session will include a short guided meditation practice.