A glimpse on a yama: Aparigraha

I’m starting here a serie on the yoga sutras, with one of my two favorites yama: Aparigraha.

Yoga sutra 2-39 : aparigrahasthairye janma kathanta sambodhah

Freedom from wanting unlocks the real purpose of existence.

It would be smart to stop trying to possess something desperatly. In a society

That is based on consumption, most of us believe that things can make us

Happy. This way of life prevents us to live in the present moment and prevent

us to seek the true source of happiness. Aparigraha doesn’t necessarly means

possessing stuff it could also be fame or even may be mastering a hard asana.

In my practice I’ve learned the hard way to let go if I can’t do a specific asana. I

remember I was obsessed with visvamitrasana and tried so much that I ended

up hurting myself. (ahimsa anyone ?), now I know how to let go. I don’t hold a

handstand more than 2 seconds ? it’s ok I will try another day, and may be it

will never happen in this life but does it really matter ? Is it a real source of

happiness ? We tend to complicate our lives with things we don’t really need,

and we suffer with the loss or lack of something. B !K !S Iyengar wrote : « By

the observance of aparigraha, the yogi makes his life as simple as possible and

trains his mind not to feel the loss or the lack of anything. Then everything he

really needs will come to him by itself at the proper time. » I live in a country

) where rich people comes to live in for security and tax reason, I

witness people with a lot of possession, are they happier ? Not at all ! They

focus (we all do) on what they don’t have (yet..) and forget about all they have.

Being grateful for what we already have and not suffer for all the thing we

don’t have is the fist step to happiness ! Keep it simple!

Published by cheyenneyoga

SmartFLOW yoga teacher. I've studied Power vinyasa, restorative, and yoga for pregnant woman with Tamal Dodge in Los Angeles. After that wonderful time, I felt attracted by movement and flow, so I studied with Shiva Rea for 300 hours her Prana Flow style. But after a yoga for scoliosis workshop and after realizing what I want in my practice and for my students, I've decided to focus on a more alignment focused yoga, and started studying with the great Annie Carpenter. Now, after more than 400h with her, my teaching skills had changed for the best. The more I learn the more I have to share with my students, so I follow different trainings every year and I had the great honor to learn from amazing teachers like Krista Cahill, Maty Ezraty or Dona Holleman. I'm now teaching SmartFLOW YOGA, Hatha yoga, restorative yoga and chair yoga (for people with less range of motion) in Monaco most of the time, but also in some magical events such as Burning Man in Nevada. http://instagram.com/cheyenneyoga/ Ambassador of a great VEGAN BOOTS BRAND pawj california, think cruelty free Ugg style boots. Use the code Cheyenne10 for 10% on their website. Yoga inspired jewelry designer: Pepper Kreation

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