EPISODE #34 // Why yoga is more than what you do on the mat.

Because yoga is more than a physical practice.

One of our most popular episodes to date has been about our individual journeys with the physical practice of yoga. And while we are firm believers that rolling out your mat and doing the work is important, it’s nothing compared to the non-physical aspects of yoga.

Betsy, our resident yogi, walks us through the first two limbs of yoga — the moral, ethical, and personal codes that create the foundation of yoga that are supposed to be in place before you even hit the mat. So join us for a conversation about the yamas (limb one) and how they translate to our internal world or niyamas (limb two).

We’d love to know!

Are you a student of yoga? Does your study include the non-physical aspects of yoga? If so, how has that opened up your practice as a result?

The Episode:


Topics Discussed:

  • Why the non-physical aspects of yoga are important to know about
  • Laying the groundwork for the first two limbs of yoga
  • The power of love
  • An overview of the five yamas of yoga
  • How the yamas apply to us on a personal level (AKA, the niyamas)
  • Connecting it back to the physical practice
  • The goal of enlightenment
  • Finding contentment within your practice
  • Intention setting and the impact that has on self-discipline
  • Compassion and empathy and how it relates to your journey
  • Realizing your place in the grand scheme of things
  • The other six limbs of yoga (asana, pranayama, pratyahara, focused concentration, meditation, and enlightenment)


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