When the practitioner is ready they take a vow to follow the rules of Yama.
This is called maha-vrata or ‘great vow’. The laws are as follows.
Nonviolence and the practice of Compassion.
"Ahimsa is not merely a negative state of harmlessness but it is a positive state of love,
of doing good even to those that do not do good in return."
Celibacy, removal of lust
as these desires often interfere with the
Yoga pulling individuals away with the callings of nature and lust.