There Are More Than Five Yamas

Nina Zolotow, RYT 500
A silhouette of a person meditating on top of a mountain above a misty valley.

Although many of us have been told that the Yoga Sutras of Patajanli is the single authoritative text on yoga, this isn’t really true. As yoga evolved over thousands of years, there were many different schools of yoga besides the school described by Patajanli (now referred to as “classical yoga”) and they differ quite a bit from each other. They can differ entirely in what the goal of practice is, what their views of what enlightenment is, and the number of branches that yoga practice should include. And many of these other schools also had their own very influential texts!

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