Living the 8 Limbs of Yoga

early 2022

Go Beyond the Asana. Strengthen Your Foundation.
Embody the Soul of Yoga in Your Practice & Teachings.

Many of us in the west enter the practice of yoga through movement. The yoga we “do” when we step on our mats is one aspect of a more extensive set of practices and philosophical tenets that can provide a compass for our lives.

The principles drawn from the ancient texts can strengthen your foundation as a practitioner of yoga, and help you to embody the soul of yoga in your teachings and in your life.


Who This Is For

  • Dedicated yoga practitioners who feel the calling to go deeper, integrating the philosophy of yoga into their daily life & practice
  • Yoga teachers who wish to better understand the 8 limbs, and share it in their own teaching
  • Those who have gone through yoga teacher training, but want to gain a more complete grasp of yoga philosophy before beginning to teach
  • Anyone who wishes to experience more inner peace, strength and freedom in relationship to themselves and others

You’ll Receive

    • 12 weeks of guided study and practice
    • Deep study of the Yamas and Niyamas
    • Weekly dharma talks
    • Seated practices, including meditation, pranayama, mantra and mudra, for each week
    • Asana practices and sun salutations designed to explore each of the 8 Limbs and each Yama and Niyama
    • Lifetime access to ongoing course updates
    • Questions for self-study and contemplation
    • A dedicated Facebook group for discussion and community connection

Course Overview

This virtual course is an opportunity to strengthen the container of your being, and get clarity in your own heart about what practicing the 8 limbs of yoga means in your life.

The 12 week course will cover:

Introductory materials
  • Overview of the 8 limbs
  • Overview of the Yamas
  • Preparatory work and reflections
  • Morning form asana practice
  • Opening mantra to Ganesh
Weeks 1-5: The Yamas
  • Ahimsa (Non-Violence) – Practicing compassion and forgiveness
  • Satya (Absence of Falsehood) – Becoming trustworthy to yourself
  • Asteya (Non-Stealing) – Accepting that what is here is enough
  • Brahmacharya (Moderation) – Being awake to the senses but not led by them
  • Aparigraha (Non-Grasping) – Allowing things to come and go
Weeks 6-10: The Niyamas
  • Saucha (Cleanliness) – An everyday clarification of your spaces and practices.
  • Santosha (Contentment) – A non-doing experience of relaxing inward in order to realize your inherent “enoughness.” 
  • Tapas (Discipline) – A constancy and disciplined fervor that motivates your sustained practice.
  • Svadhyaya (Self-Study) –  Ways of clearing away any misperceptions, as a means to see your life clearly. 
  • Ishvara Pranidhana (Surrender)  –  The understanding of how your intentions relate to what you actually give your attention to. 
Week 11: Asana, Pranayama, and Pratyahara

Asana (posture) and pranayama (intentional movement of life force) are explored throughout all 12 weeks of the course. Here, we explore the philosophical and historical thread of these practices in the context of the 8 limbs. Then, we’ll give particular attention to pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses). 

Week 12: Dharana, Dhyanna, and Samadhi

The final 3 limbs grow more and more subtle, as practices of focusing the attention. Collectively, dharana (concentration), dhyanna (meditation) and samadhi (absorption) are called samadhi (integration), or simply meditation x 3. We’ll explore the subtle distinctions of all three forms of meditation and practices that support stillness.



Live sessions

We’ll offer 3-4 live sessions over the 12 week course.

The first of these will be on February 25, 2021 at 12pm pacific time.

additional sessions will be scheduled as we make our way through the course. These will be recorded for those who cannot join live.


Recommended Readings

Throughout the course, we’ll recommend readings from the following books. Each module will include a few chapters from each book. These are entirely optional, to enhance the course. Books can be found on Amazon and via other booksellers. Both should be widely available internationally.

  • Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen your Yoga Practice by Susanna Barkataki
  • The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
  • The Yamas and the Niyamas by Deborah Adele

Certification Hours

The virtual immersion can be taken for 50 non-contact hours for continuing education or Janet’s 300/500-hour program.


Enrollment is currently closed and will open for the 2022 offering next January.



Check out our FAQ section.

If you still have questions, email [email protected].

Praise for Janet’s virtual course, Living the Yamas

Janet’s presentation of each Yama is approachable and allows for soul stirring, resounding contemplation. She opens the door to allow the light, and teaches us to honor the parts of ourselves that we may not like all that much, while exposing the beauty within. Her storytelling skills are amazing, and I eagerly anticipate learning each chant from her and the interpretation of sanskrit.”

— Jessica, 500 Hour Teacher-Training Student

“Janet’s online yamas course was such a great experience.  I had never taken an online course before and I really enjoyed it for many reasons. In terms of my personal practice it gave me a focus for my practice and the self-development work with daily asana, pranayama and mantra.  It was also so great, as it served to stimulate a lot of self-reflection of certain behaviors and patterns in my life, as they relate to the yamas. It was great way to connect to the Sangha due to the partner work involved in the course.  All of the above served to enhance my teaching and deepen my offerings.”

— Tanya Skok Hobbs, Yoga Teacher, Squamish, BC

“I feel so blessed to have been part of Janet’s ‘Living the Yamas’ online training.  It felt so beautifully put together, and I really appreciated the structure and support it gave to my practice. It felt luxurious to spend a week on each Yama, and I feel like I came to understand each deeply through it’s connections to the deities, pranayama techniques, stories and asana (not to mention the journaling and sharing experiences on weekly calls with my buddy). The weekly reflections allowed me to understand my own habits and patterns through the Yamas and how to work with myself using the principles of the Yamas as guidance.  Janet is so right, this is an ongoing journey.  This course has given me the foundation to keep coming back to the principles of the Yamas in my daily practice.”

— Raya, Teacher Training Student


About Janet Stone

alikaukas_9924_finalJanet’s studentship began at 17 under the meditation teachings of Prem Rawat. His reverence for simplicity and finding joy in the rise and fall of life live on in her practice and teaching today. In 1996, she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, and became dedicated to the path of yoga. Janet blends the alchemy of her own practice with decades of studentship. She aspires not to teach but to allow the practice to emanate from her, letting awareness blend with movement and breath. Based in Bali and San Francisco, she leads immersions, retreats, workshops and more.

8 Limbs Virtual Immersion

Janet's brand new virtual immersion explores the 8 Limbs of Yoga both on and off the mat. Sign-up here to learn more about the 12-week course.

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