We can think of chakras as energy centers that correspond to seven different locations along the spine. This system is a really incredible tool to tap into our emotional and spiritual intelligence. We also have to option to understand the chakras from a developmental standpoint, without getting lost in the more esoteric components. Embrace this system to the level that resonates with you.
The Yamas & Niyamas are derived from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
The word sutra literally translates to ‘thread,’ as this text is woven with 196 insights to encourage deeper mindfulness. Within this ancient text, Patanjali discusses the 8 Limbs of Yoga, which is essentially an eight-step path toward enlightenment. The first two steps 1) Yama -- Social Code & 2) Niyama -- Personal Code, set the foundation for greater insight into one’s own choices and how those are reflected onto others.
Ayurvedic knowledge does not come from the mind, but was born out of the meditation-induced revelations of enlightened rishis ('seers'). It was passed down through sutras, small phrases of highly concentrated teachings which are meant to provoke unseen knowledge (ideally under the guidance of a teacher). A sutra can be compared to a seed holding an entire tree tree in unmanifest form.