The Yamas & Niyamas can be thought of as “shortcuts”. Shortcuts to realization so that you don´t have to make the same mistakes all over again. But rather learn from your “mistakes” and gain greater skill on how to live your one, precious life.
I think it´s pretty safe to say that we all, simply put it, want to live well. And as the author of the book I´m using when theming around the yamas and the niyamas, Deborah Adele, puts it:
“What matters is how well you have participated in your own life, both the ordinary routines and the extraordinary surprises.”
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”