An afternoon workshop at Triyoga Camden

Beyond Yama + Niyama

With Daniel Simpson

Sunday, 18 August (14:30 - 17:00)

Book now at

Book now at

Two of the eight aspects of yoga described by Patanjali highlight ethics. Although the Yoga Sutra’s teachings on yama and niyama have some social dimensions, their ultimate goal is renouncing the world.

Unless we aim to retreat like an Iron Age ascetic, might these rules need rethinking? Are other frameworks more relevant to 21st century challenges, from social instability to environmental meltdown? Can yogic ethics be adapted to modern priorities? Come and share ideas and discuss alternatives!

This workshop is for anyone who wants a better understanding of the role of ethics in traditional yoga and how yogic ideas can inform modern lifestyles, from relationships to activism.


What can I expect?

You will:

  • Read extracts from the original commentary accompanying Patanjali’s sutras, which explains the ascetic objectives of yama and niyama.

  • Explore ethical precepts from other yogic texts, which have different priorities. 

  • Consider how yogic ethics might have broader applications in everyday life.

What will I gain from attending?

You will leave:

  • Feeling inspired to incorporate ethics in yogic practice, teaching and beyond.

  • Better informed about the distinctions between what texts say and how we interpret them.

  • Empowered to reimagine priorities.

The workshop is open for booking at It costs £30, or £25 if you book before 11 August. There’s also a special summer offer: bring a friend and get a 20% discount.

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