Study Group for The Yamas and Niyamas

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Tuesday 9/28/2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10/26/2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 11/30/2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 12/28/2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 1/25/2022 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 2/22/2022 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$0.00 Study Group for The Yamas and Niyamas

Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice through Deborah Adele's book

Led by Kathy O’Neal & Eleanor Ware

11-month program beginning May 25 (see dates below)

Meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, May 25, 2021 - March 29, 2022, LIVE-STREAMING on Zoom

Donation-based workshop 

Join us for an 11-month exploration of the yamas and niyamas. These are the “guiding principles” of yoga and are the first two limbs of the eight-limbed path, a path towards the realization of yoga, as described in the ‘Yoga Sutras' of Patanjali. The yamas and niyamas are beneficial places to start, as they relate to how we relate outwardly in the world and inwardly toward ourselves.

As Deborah Adele states in the preface of her book, “Being human is a complicated thing. We live within myriad confusing choices and contradictions. As human beings living among other life forms, we need to navigate our own personal needs within those of the community. As Spirit hangs out in a human body, we need to live within the potential of our limitless dreams and our limited physical reality. In the midst of our indecision and confusion, these guidelines are like helping hands moving us deeper into our own authenticity and into a life that is richer and fuller than we could ever imagine, simply because we are living with more skill and awareness.”

We will explore one principle each month. Our first session will cover the first Yama: nonviolence (ahimsa). We will then have four weeks to work through Adele's explorations or practical exercises in her book to help us examine and reinforce non-violence as a personal practice. We will meet the next month to share our findings and begin work on the next yama or niyama. Each session will include a short guided meditation practice.

You will receive a weekly email with inquiry prompts.

We are looking for a commitment to explore all of the yamas and niyamas together over a 10 month period.

This is for individuals looking to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga, teachers wanting to refresh and those looking for a community to discuss yoga's ethical principles. 

What you will need:

  • Deborah Adeles' book , The Yamas & Niyamas

  • A journal

  • A sense of curiosity for exploration

We will meet on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 pm. Each date and topic are listed below.

INTRODUCTION: May 25, 2021


  • June 29, 2021 - Ahimsa: Non-Violence, Freedom from Harming

  • July 27, 2021 - Satya: Truthfulness

  • August 31, 2021 - Asteya: Non-Stealing, Freedom from Stealing

  • September 28, 2021 - Brahmacharya: Moderation

  • October 26, 2021 - Aparigraha: Non-Hoarding, Freedom from Grasping


  • November 30, 2021 - Saucha: Cleanliness

  • December 28, 2021 - Santosha: Contentment

  • January 25, 2022 - Tapas: Self Discipline

  • February 22, 2022 - Svadhyaya: Self Study

  • March 29, 2022 - Ishvara-Pranidhana: Surrender


Kathy O'Neal is a recent graduate of Beloved Yoga’s 300 hr Teacher Training. She completed her 200 hr Teacher Training with Beloved Yoga in 2015. Kathy has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She has also been an avid student of yoga philosophy. She is a mom to two young adults and two cats.

Eleanor Ware completed Beloved Yoga's 200 hr Teacher Training in 2019 and is currently working towards the 300 hr Yoga Teacher Training & Intro to Yoga Therapy with Beloved Yoga. Having practiced yoga for over 18 years, she began exploring the yamas and niyamas in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys being in nature among the trees.

Kathy O'Neal

Eleanor Ware

Eleanor Ware, 200 RYT, LCSW

Eleanor first began practicing yoga in 2001, and over time she realized the health benefits through a consistent asana practice. She strives to maintain simplicity in her practice and life… a little movement, breath, and a pause. Study to inform the journey. She enjoys learning about the many layers of yoga, and how they may be applied to life off the mat. She believes the practice of yoga brings one closer to their true nature, and that is where the magic is! Her desire is to offer classes that create a safe space for exploration to students. She embodies a joyful spirit in all she does, and hopes to spread the joy to others through her practice.

Eleanor completed her 200-hour Teacher Training at Beloved Yoga’s school with Maryam Ovissi. She is an RYT-200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor.  When not practicing yoga, Eleanor can usually be found in nature, spending time with friends and family, and connecting with her faith community.  She is a mental health therapist by profession.

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