(Brahmacarya): “Worshiping the Supreme,” “living in Brahman,” “living under the tutelage of Brahman,” or “following Brahman.” It is sometimes translated as “to live a life of holiness and worship.” It is the fourth yama (moral restriction) recommended by Patanjali. There are essentially two ways to understand brahmacharya:

  1. In conventional Indian Hinduism, brahmacharya was the attitude of renouncing all sexual activity.
  2. In Tantra Yoga, brahmacharya means sexual continence, the control of sexual energy.

It is also understood as self-restraint, celibacy, and “chastity in thought, word, and deed.” Brahmacharya is a general directive to cultivate an excellent level of restraint and control in life. Read more about the yama here.