living your yoga DON’TS

“You must be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi

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Living Yoga Don’ts

Let’s return to exploring how to live yoga through a connection to the first step (yamas) on our eight-part yoga path. These are five simple guidelines for interacting with the world and they are the foundation of the yoga path. During our first few weeks we touched on the eight parts of yoga. Now we’re going to dive deeper into the limb that sets the tone for all that follows.

As many yoga practitioners, I was initially drawn to yoga as a way to connect my mind and body through the poses. Over the years, the practice has become more grounded in self-awareness, breath, and meditation. Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras thousands of years ago. He provided a great guidepost for us that is relevant today. Through the explanation of the yamas in everyday scenarios, I’m hopeful that you, too, will be able to share in the benefits of yoga off the mat.

Below we’ll explore the five ways to connect with those around us in a yogic way.

1. Ahimsa (non-harming): By living life in a way that causes little harm to others, we are able to truly live our yoga. This begins with our thoughts that turn to words and actions – all of which impact those around us.

2. Satya (truthfulness): This goes beyond not telling lies. It is important to live your truth on a daily basis. Ponder your relationships, job, living situation, and health. Observe whether you are living your authentic truth.

3. Asteya (non-stealing): Of course you would never take what isn’t yours but this goes deeper. Resources such as time, money, and energy are essential to monitor. Avoid misusing yours in ways that don’t support your dreams and values as it steals from what is important.

4. Brahmacharya (moderation): Life is best lived in a balanced state. Note areas in your life that seem to lack equilibrium. Even positive actions such as exercise and activism can be problematic if other areas in your life are neglected.

5. Aparigraha (greedlessness): Give of your resources. Share your good fortune with others – even if it is simply a smile on your way to work. Small doses of giving can have a major impact on others.

Omwork (homework with a yogic twist): Take a moment to reflect on the ways in which you can live in a more harmonious, less harmful way with the earth. Bike to work. Carry a reusable water bottle. Eat in season fruits and vegetables. Tote a reusable bag to the grocery store. Shop at secondhand shops. Be kind to others.

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