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niyama

[nee-yuh-muh] /ˈni yə mə/
noun, Yoga.
1.
one of five observances, composing one of the eight practices, or angas, which are cleanliness of mind and body, equanimity, temperance or tapas, self-appraisal, and attentiveness to God, who is conceived of as a completely free spirit.
Origin of niyama
< Sanskrit
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  • They, though fighting on foot, harassed Dama and niyama, by cutting asunder their bows and killing their charioteers.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • In the former case it would be a vidhi, in the latter a niyama.

    The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha Madhava Acharya
Contemporary definitions for niyama
noun

in yoga, one of the eight limbs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, involving principles of self-control and self-care

Word Origin

Sanskrit 'restraint'

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