Definition - What does Integrity mean?
Integrity is the quality or trait of moral rightness and honesty. It also refers to a state of completeness or wholeness. Individuals that are noted to have integrity often adhere to principles that they consider moral, and remain true to their beliefs and inner self.
Within the practice of yoga, the goal is to reduce the ego as well as connect with and grow the inner self, developing a self of integrity—one that is more whole and connected.
Yogapedia explains Integrity
Integrity and honesty are often used synonymously, although integrity also incorporates fairness and adherence to high moral and ethical standards as well as a sense of wholeness. One of the primary principles of yoga is connectedness with the self, the Divine, and the rest of the world, as well as living life with minimal harm to others.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a central yogic text, outlines the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Two of the limbs, yama and niyama, discuss ethics, principles and morals that help guide yogis in living a life with integrity. Practicing integrity is one way an individual can incorporate these yogic qualities into his/her life.
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