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8 Responses to Yama Niyama & the Red Pajama Mama — Part 1: The Yamas

  1. Kelly  

    As always, feeling so blessed to be able to learn from your wisdom Zoie!

    I really appreciate all the explanations you’ve given here – I don’t know much about what it means to have a Yogic lifestyle so it’s really helpful to have it laid out so clearly – and I can very much see the value in these practices.

    As I’ve been reading more from you over the months the idea of non-harming has been something I’ve been thinking about a lot – it comes through in so much of what you write, and I would like to be in that place (or at least making more effort to move towards it) myself – of course, you’ve given me so much more to think about here!

    Thanks for the resource share as well – my list of books to buy is getting bigger every day, but I love the recommendations. 🙂

  2. Dionna  

    Excellent points about being truthful about children and their age appropriate behavior vs. how we sometimes see that behavior. The way you’ve connected it to your needs is so in tune with Nonviolent Communication principles! (I’m re-reading NVC now to prepare for a book discussion.)

  3. Jenn @ Monkey Butt Junction  

    Beautiful, inspiring post. I love your insight on why children things like drag their feet – we have to remember to step into their shoes now and again and that example is a wonderful reminder of why we need to be present in the moment with them.

  4. Amy R.

    Thank you for this beautiful post, Zoie! I love that you have ahmisa tattooed on your arm; it is probably the most important principle I follow in my life, too. Reading this is inspiring me to (once again) be more intentional about my yoga/meditation practice. =)

  5. Wendy

    Very insightful and inspiring, especially after a difficult morning with my preschooler.

  6. Jona  

    What a fascinating translation of these principles to parenting – and I love the book suggestions, too. I’m feeling inspired now, both in a mindful parenting sort of way, and in a get-back-to-yoga kind of way. (off to read the rest now!)

  7. Carrie

    What a captivating and beautiful post you’ve shared. What I think is especially powerful is that you are modeling these principles to your children as you are living them. I especially enjoyed the links to the resources that you find helpful, including the children’s books. Thank you!

  8. isis8star  

    This blog is just wonderful. I am not a parent but I am a teacher and am thinking up creative ways to teach children yoga and specifically the philosophy via the yams and niyams and you have worded everything so honestly and thoughtfully… What a thought-provoking blog; I shall return again and again! Namaste sistar!