|Yama (moral disciplines)|
|Pranayama (breath control)|
|Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal)|
The first four steps or stages concentrate on refining our personalities, gaining mastery over our body, and developing an energetic awareness of ourselves, all of which prepare us for the second half of the journey, which deals with the senses, the mind, and attaining a higher state of consciousness.
Non-violence Refrain from harming or demeaning any living thing, including yourself, by action, word or thought.
Non-lying Control any tendency to say anything that is not truthful, including not being truthful to yourself.
Non-stealing Curb the tendency to take anything that does not belong to you which includes not only material objects but also things such as praise or position.
Non-sensuality Learn the art of self-control; to control the tremendous energy expended in seeking and thinking about sensual pleasure and to abstain from inappropriate sexual behavior.
Non-greed Learn not to be attached to or desirous of "things"; to learn to discriminate between "needs" and "wants".
|Strive for purity or cleanliness of body, mind and environment.|
|Seek contentment and acceptance with what you have and with things as they are right now. But, also, seek ways to improve things in the future.|
|Learn to have control over your actions and to have the strength of determination to do what you decide to do; to replace negative habits with positive ones.|
|This requires introspection; studying our actions, words and thoughts to determine if we are behaving in a harmonious and positive manner in order to achieve the happiness and satisfaction we strive for.|
|Devotion is the turning of the natural love of the heart toward the Divine rather than toward the objects of the world.|