May 2017 newsletter

In this month’s newsletter, I introduce the first two of the eight limbs of the yoga sutras: yama and niyama.

As ever, please check out the studio calendar and classes pages on the website for more details, and May’s workshops and courses are below.

We wish you happiness for the month of May, with best wishes from Sharon and all the yoga teachers and therapists.

Yoga Sutra of Patanjali – yama and niyama

The Yoga Sutra, widely regarded as the authoritative text on yoga, is a collection of aphorisms, outlining the eight limbs (or steps) of yoga.

Patanjali statueThese “threads” (as sutra translates from Sanskrit) of wisdom offer guidelines for living a meaningful and purposeful life. There are 196 of them and they were written by the ancient sage Patanjali, possibly at least 1,700 years ago.

Patanjali reflected on the nature of woman and man and the norms of his society at the time and he systematically expressed his observations in the sutras which deal with the entire span of life.

They begin with a code of conduct and end with the ultimate goal: emancipation and freedom.

The first two limbs: yama and niyama


The attitude we have towards things and people outside ourselves is called ‘yama’. There are 5 of them: non violence, truthfulness, not stealing, abstinence and non -attachment.


How we relate to ourselves inwardly is called ‘niyama’ and there are also 5 of them: purification, contentment, self–discipline , self- study and devotion.

“Yama and niyama deal with our social attitude and lifestyle, how we interact with other people and the environment and how we deal with our problems.

These all form a part of yoga but they cannot be practised. What we can practice are asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices), which make us aware of where we are, where we stand, and how we look at things.

Recognizing our mistakes is the first sign of clarity. Then gradually we try to bring in the way we show respect to nature or relate to a friend. No-one can change in a day, but yoga practices help change our attitudes, our yama and niyama..”
( The heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar)

Courses and Workshops in May

Mindfulness Course Starting with Jem Shackleford

Mindful Drop-in with Jem Shackleford

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan

Silent Yoga with Leanne Jones and SHUSH events

Shoulders and Inversions with Isabelle Taylor

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Soulful/Herbal Yoga Nidra with Fiona Heckles and Magdalena Atkinson

The Art of Deep Self Care with Sian Alcock

Gong Bath with Arianna Moretti

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

Past Life Regression and Meditation

Pregnancy Circle and Relaxation with Kim Jones

Moving into Stillness with Yogi Lea

Alignment Flow with Victoria Boast