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niyama

[nee-yuh-muh] /ˈni yə mə/
noun, Yoga.
1.
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 of niyama
From Sanskrit
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  • In the former case it would be a vidhi, in the latter a niyama.

    The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha Madhava Acharya
  • They, though fighting on foot, harassed Dama and niyama, by cutting asunder their bows and killing their charioteers.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
Contemporary definitions for niyama
noun

in yoga, one of the eight limbs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, involving principles of self-control and self-care

Word Origin

Sanskrit 'restraint'

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