8 Basic Principles of Practicing YOGA

Principles/Foundations of Practicing Yoga

I see in me the Great I Am… Poised, powerful and centered in my Heart, I know I am blessed with special gifts to share. I am like a brilliant star shinning through the endless skies… a unique and exceptional Light of the Creation. I am like the tree that grows strong and tall with the love of the sun…the sweetness of the rain… I grow into my Self…branches reaching ever higher through the air… embracing the truths that nourish me.

There are eight (8) basic principles that allow us to grow into ourselves. These are the basic principles of Yoga. Each of us must nurture all these branches in order to grow and reach our full potential:

  1. Right Understanding
    1. I understand the universal Law of Return…what goes around comes around. What I give is what I get. If I plant sour lemon seeds I cannot expect to grow a sweet mango tree. Because I know that I am the farmer working the soil of my life, I also understand that I will harvest the fruit of my effort (good or bad) in the seasons that come. 
  2. Right Intention
    1. I realize the power of my intention…where there’s a will there’s a way. My intention is to live in harmony with myself, others, and the environment around me. But to realize my intent, I have to make it important to me. 
  3. Right Speech
    1. I realize the power of my words to heal or to hurt, to create something beautiful or to destroy it. I seek to speak the truth as I understand it, refraining from gossip, lies, harsh and mean-spirited language… I choose to use my words to uplift, nourish and make people feel good about themselves. 
  4. Right Action
    1. I do my best knowing that Greatness is within me…I choose honest, peaceful and pure actions because I know the law of Karma…I understand that my actions reflect how I feel about myself so I avoid all forms of stealing, fighting and violence. I take care of my body and respect it as a gift by filling it with the right foods, practicing Yoga, avoiding drugs, etc…
  5. Right Livelihood
    1. I choose to earn a living in a harmonious, righteous, pure and good way… honestly, peacefully and without causing harm to others. I recognize my relationship and responsibility to my community. 
  6. Right Attitude
    1. I discipline my mind to keep a balanced point of view… I avoid worry, doubt, laziness, restlessness and impatience… I play dodge-ball with the negative messages in my mind
  7. Right Mindfullness
    1. I understand that my thoughts create my reality so I stay aware of my state of mind…I understand the whole world through my state of mind. I know that I choose what is on my mind. Nobody can make me feel anything (happy, sad, angry).
  8. Right Concentration
    1. I understand that to bring these principles of yoga into focus, I must channel my mind…keeping my eye on the prize. Through Yoga and Meditation, I experience bliss, serenity and the power of awareness and self-knowledge.

Feel the Bliss of Yoga




40 Tips for Better Life!

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is 
the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to__________ today.’
5. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
6. Play more games and read more books.
7. Make time to practice meditation and prayer. They provide us with 
daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
9. Dream more while you are awake.
10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that 
is manufactured in plants.
11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan 
salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and 
flowing energy into your life.
14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, 
negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your 
energy in the positive present moment.
15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems 
are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra 
class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a 
college kid with a maxed out charge card.
17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the NEGATIVE BLUES away.
18. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their 
journey is all about.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, 
will this matter?’
26. Forgive everyone for everything.
27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
28. REMEMBER GOD heals everything.
29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends 
will. Stay in touch.
31. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
33. The best is yet to come.
34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
35. Do the right thing!
36. Call your family often. (Or email them to death!!!)
37. Each night before you go to bed completes the following statements: I 
am thankful for__________. Today I accomplished_________.
38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly 
don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the 
most of it and enjoy the ride.
40. Look in the mirror and smile at what you see.


Feel the Bliss of Yoga & Reiki




Smile every day

Smile every day





May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more, may nothing but happiness come through your door!

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