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In an effort to deepen my own practice, and to expand awareness in others, I've been offering a review of the 10 Living Principles of Yoga, as laid out by Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, in my yoga classes. I explained to the yogi's, many of us have our first 'exposure' to a yoga practice through "Asana", sanskrit for posture practice. Without knowing it, we jump right into the THIRD LIMB, of an EIGHT LIMB path that is Yoga.
For some of us, our asana practice is enough, and for many of us, it is enough for awhile. But as our practice deepens, sometimes we feel as though something is missing, and we try to find it by doing MORE: more classes, more poses, more hours, more teachers. This feeling of being unsettled in our practice, may be our inner guides gentle way of nudging us to look beyond the postures to deepen our practice. The first two limbs of yoga, the Yamas (5 restraints) and Niyamas (5 observances) provide the foundation.
In this video, I review the meaning of the FIFTH (final) YAMA: APARIGRAHA (Non-Hoarding). Like the previous Yama, Brahmacharya, this yama requires us to look at our daily experiences; but the intention here is to become aware of the spaces in which we are clinging, or holding on, in a way that detracts from our present-moment-awareness. Take a look at your external environment: what old items are you holding on to that are no longer serving you? Continue this practice, but shift your awareness internally to your beliefs and ideas: which of these are there out of routine/habit/security, and are keeping you from True perception? As with each of the yamas, the practice of aparigraha asks us to relinquish our perceived control, to let down our fear-based barriers, and to surrender to a Higher way of being. Breathe, forgive, and trust that the highest good for you and for all is what's to come!
I hope this video serves to deepen your awareness of your own practice both on and off the mat; please share any thoughts, experiences, or questions in the COMMENTS below!
The light within me looks to, and honors, the light within you; Namaste***