The 10 Principles of SCYC

The first two limbs of the eightfold path of yoga are the Yamas and Niyamas. These are the 10 ethical principles of yoga that we try to live out in all SCYC events.

1.  Ahimsa – Nonviolence

We are all one with each other, with the environment and with all living beings. Walk mindfully, watching for small creatures under your feet and unique and beautiful living plants. Treat everyone with love and respect.

2.  Satya – Truthfulness

Everyone has their own beautiful energy and gifts to offer this Collective and the world. We encourage everyone to fully embrace their own unique truth and be honest with their thoughts, feelings and deeds. Let your hair down and your inner child out. We welcome you exactly as you are.

3.  Asteya – Non-Stealing

Only accept those gifts of energy, time and service freely given by others. Let the only thing you leave on the land be your footprints and the only thing you take be the teachings from each other and our connection with nature.

4.  Brahmacharya – Restraint

Practicing restraint and maintaining equanimity creates harmony between our body and our mind. It is from this place that we connect with our authentic selves and act in communion with others. The gifts received at an SCYC event are for all to share in equally.

5.  Aparigraha – Generosity

All SCYC events are made possible by the contributions of everyone who participates. We encourage everyone involved in SCYC to contribute in some way to support the Collective as a whole. This can be through a donation to support an event or through the gift of whatever you have to offer, whether that be teaching a class, providing a service or volunteering.

6.  Sauca – Purity of Mind, Body & Spirit

To fully experience the benefits of SCYC Gatherings we encourage you to get high on nature and drunk on the energy of those around you. Please leave any drugs and alcohol at home.

7.  Santosha – Contentment

Happiness and yoga are a state of being. Be in the moment and love whatever life has to offer.  Show gratitude for the land, the people and the energy at Sheep Creek.

8.  Tapas – Self-Discipline

We can only be responsible for ourselves. It is with this we ask all members of our community to take responsibility for the welfare and safety of all, starting with the self. Honor your commitment to your yoga practice beyond the mat.

9.  Svadhyaya – Self-Study

The Bhagavad Gita says, “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” At SCYC we are honoured to be part of your journey and we encourage you to explore all aspects of your being.  For it is through this exploration that we discover who we truly are.

10.  Isvara-Pranidhana – Surrender to a higher power

Nothing is by accident. All SCYC events are exactly as they are meant to be.