Being reminded of some of the most important philosophic and practical principles of Yoga as set out in the traditional method is invaluable in teaching Yoga, provides anchorage for wide-ranging ideas but confined to a simple 10 statements that can be seen as
related to the 10 Commandments and enduring requisites for human culture. Each item demands intensive study by the teacher in order to relay the subtleties of the teaching.

The Yamas are translated as the Restraints – what not to do
The Niyamas are the Virtues or Qualities to select to do in the art of living

Yamas are practised by reducing or eliminating -
Violence
Lying
Stealing
Wasting
Selfishness

Niyamas are exercised by constant reference to -
Purity
Contentment
Aspiration
Self analysis and study
Devotion and dedication to God