The Yamas and Niyamas: The Yamas
The Yamas are five forms of discipline that help keep the mind and body pure. They are the "don't" in yoga, and though people do not like to hear the word "no", these yamas will help keep you and your children on the right path to a positive and happy life.
Ahimsa (Do not harm): When we talk about harming people and animals, we usually are talking about our words or actions. But, how about our thoughts? They can be harmful, too. The next time you have a negative thought in your mind about someone or something, try ti switch it to a nice thought such as: "I wish my enemy to find love and happiness." Sometimes, just the thought of it makes you smile.
Satya (tell no lies): According to yoga philosophy, truth does not harm anyone. It results i strength in character and personal integrity. Truth is not just about what you say, but how you live your life. Do you practice what you preach? Do you follow through on your words? And how about those thoughts of yours? Are they realistic or are you setting yourself up for failure? Be true to yourself and others. The goal is to have our minds, speech, and actions in harmony.
Asteya (do not steal): This is not just about stealing items, but also about stealing thoughts and ideas from others. It's very natural for kids to copy each other and often times it's a sign of flattery. Therefore, it's important to let people know your intentions and to thank them for their contributions. Again, be thankful for what you have and be content with who you are. Instead of taking something, make it a practice to give something instead. Habits can be formed over time, whether good or bad.
Brahmacharya (Control desires): This can be any form of desire, whether sexual or non-sexual. The idea is to have inner strength and contentment so that we have better things to think about or do other than lust and desire. Having faith in ourselves and our families can help with finding Brahmacharya. Filling your life with positive people, past-times and meditation will also help curb any sort of lusts and desires.
Aparigraha (Don't be greedy): It almost feels like all of the Yamas are the same, and in a sense they go along with not being greedy, but finding contentment instead. When we live a simple life and are happy with what we have, greed seems to disappear. When we give more than we receive, greed goes away. Remember, you don't own your items and things in life. They own you. Instead of interrupting others and wanting things, try to give more and listen more.
So, now that you have that down, go take on the day!