niyama

niyama

[nee-yuh-muh]
noun Yoga.
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:
< Sanskrit

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Main Entry:  niyama
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in yoga, one of the eight limbs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, involving principles of self-control and self-care
Etymology:  Sanskrit 'restraint'
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