Yoga practice is based on a structural framework set forth by Patanjali on his seminal work called the Yoga sutras. The yoga sutras are basically a yogic handbook outlining guidelines to live a more meaningful life. In the sutras there is an 8-limbed path framework to yoga (or Unison with the divine). The limbs include morality (Yama), personal observances (Niyama), body postures (asanas), breath work (Pranayama), control of senses (Pratyahara), inner awareness (Dharana), devotion (Dhyana), and union with the divine (Samhadi).

 

Of practical relevance to our daily lives are the Yamas, or moral virtues that show how we practice yoga off the mat. There are five yamas that if attended to, are able to purify human nature and contribute to health and happiness of society as a whole. As yogi consumers, it is important we attend to the Yamas not only to satisfy our needs, but also to support products and and places that are contributing to a healthier and happier society. My yogi ratings are calculated based on a 5 point scale based on the yama concepts of Ahimsa, Satya, and Asteya.

 

Each of the questions are answered in my review and give one point or less. A 5-star yogi rating is an excellent review.

1.    Ahimsa – Compassion for all living things. Ahimsa means not to injure another creature.

a.     Does this product harm others (People or animals)?

b.    Does this product harm yourself?

 

2.    Satya – Commitment to Truthfulness Satya means "to speak the truth,"  or honest communication to consumers.

a.     Is this product or place being truthful to consumers through advertising?

 

3.    Asteya - Non-stealing  : Asteya meants not taking anything that does not belong to you. Also, it means not taking advantage of others. Not taking anything that is not freely given.

1.    Is this product/ place exploiting their workers?

2.    Is this product/ place fair trade certified? Or uses similar practices?