This week we return to the yamas with the third, asteya. Asteya means non-stealing or desireless-ness.
This is a great skill to cultivate in a society that bombards us with advertising telling us what we ‘should’ want. If we can remember that happiness doesn’t come from acquisition then we free ourselves from the misery of consumerism.
Asteya also applies to our interactions with each other. For example, keeping balance in our relationships, making sure that one person is not doing all the giving while the other does all the taking.
We can practice asteya in our business transactions too. There is asteya when a company delivers on the promised service that won the sale. There is asteya when we make a commitment to something and see it through. In both cases, balance is maintained and neither party has been shortchanged.
Asteya is everywhere, even on our mat we can practice being happy with what we have rather than looking for more from our bodies. We can keep balance by enjoying the progress we earn when we work with patience. We only get frustrated when we expect too much, too soon.
Join me in class this week and practice asteya.
My schedule ~
Tuesday – Flow Yoga at 9.15 am, Gentle Yoga at 6.15 pm, Yoga for Beginners at 7.45 pm
Wednesday – Flow Yoga at 6.15 pm
Thursday – Flow Yoga at 9.15 am and Yoga for Beginners at 6.15 pm