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Asteya: non-stealing

The first day of my yoga training started with students shuffling in one by one, finding a spot to lay our yoga mats down and then decorating the surface of them with various literature and notepads. We slowly began introducing ourselves to our neighbours, learning about our previous educations, where we came from and the history of our yoga practice. After a short while the teachers silenced our chatter and they began reviewing the outline of the course, including expectations and guidelines. One subject they highlighted of ethical importance was a Yama known as Asteya. Asteya is translated from the Yoga Sutras as Non-Stealing and is one of the five Yamas (the do nots) within the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The Yamas and Niyamas are ways of “right living”, representing the commitment to not only ourselves, but towards others as well. The practice of Asteya outlines that one must not steal or have any intention to steal.

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5 Reasons to try 30 Day Yoga Challenge

 

Daily yoga practice has the power to transform your life.  Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said "Yoga is 99% practice, 1 % theory." As much as I love reading about the philosophy of yoga - and I do - there is nothing that compares to the yogapiphanies I've experienced during a yoga challenge!

Through the years and conversations with many frequent practitioners, I've seen the impact of regular practice on all aspects of life experience.


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She raises her head

She raises her head

She has held it down for so long

She forgets what it feels like

to look up

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