February: Living Aparigraha

February: Living Aparigraha

by Jaimie Gateman | 2/02/2015
"You only lose what you cling to." Buddha
Non-possessiveness, non-grasping or non-greediness. (Read here: Yoga Philosophy Basics: The 5 Yamas). This yama is rooted in jealousy and "want". We admit, this one may be especially difficult in our consumer-driven society. Let's take a moment to reflect on all of the times in one single day that we look at somebody, or something, with a whisper (or a scream!) of jealousy. 
"There are eight billion people on planet Earth and if we try to compare ourselves to eight billion other people, it's like comparing bananas to oranges to grapes to cotton balls to geodes to leaves to birds - how can you compare those? You can't. Just like those you might covet, there may be those who covet you and what you have. The cycle of jealousy is infinite, unless you choose to step into your grace and step beyond it." (Read more here: The Forgotten Yama). 
Jealousy of others, or possessiveness of our own 'things', can lead to anxiety, fear and insecurity. 
"Collect moments, not things." 
How can we shift away from this grasping or greed? Let's start by returning to the very foundation of YogaFit: our Essence. In particular "Letting go of competition, judgment and expectation". Focusing on this part of our Essence will allow us to open up to Aparigraha. We are all on our own individual path; let's enjoy the journey on the highway rather than looking beside us to see who is trying to race.  
Practice tips: focusing on the YogaFit Essence, clearing out clutter, teaching and practicing themes of gratitude paired with anahata (heart) chakra activating poses. 
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