Greetings dearest yoga students,
This week brings us to our final yama in the first limb of yoga’s eight limb path.
“The yogi feels that the collection or hoarding of things implies a lack of faith in God and in himself to provide for the future….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.”
It is fitting that the last yama is about letting go. As we have seen with all the yamas, cultivating faith in our divine intelligence is a foundational requirement if we are to walk on our true, right path. Working with aparigraha requires a letting go and a giving heart. It is releasing the need to come from a place of lack and acknowledge that there is always enough. Think about it…don’t we always seem to get what we need although we may not always get what we desire. Learning to live from an attitude of abundance allows you to give freely and walk your path with serentity. Greed is based on fear and fear leads us to cling to impermanant things (money, titles, people, things..). Clinging will not lengthen your life, bring lasting happiness or keep you safe.
Attachment, hoarding and greed leads to making decisions that are based on fear. Letting go of fear and cultivating faith empowers us to let go of our competitive human nature and dive deeper into the interconnectness of all things which allows us to see that you and I are not separate. The next time you notice yourself acting from a place of fear based greed, envy or unhealthy grasping, try repeating the mantra silently or quietly out loud: “There is always enough, my higher power will always provide exactly what is needed and I am exactly where I need to be”. and see if your perception shifts to one of giving, acceptance and effortless love.
Classes for this Week
Monday and Thursday Evening 730pm
Tuesday 930am with 11am Meditation to Follow Class
Friday Morning Healing Yoga 930am
(Please reserve your spot or cancel if your plans have changed)
Lakshmi – Goddess of Abundance
*Tonight! Live Kirtan with ShaktiPath at Breathe in Port Jefferson – Feburary 4th, 7-9pm $25 ($20 for you)
*Vinyasa & Live Music with ShaktiPath – February 18th, 3-5pm Yoga for Life $25 ($20 for you)
*Restorative Yoga and Acupunture – March 14th, 7-9pm Home Studio $45
Looking forward to seeing you all in our “expanded” Yoga Room! Much gratitude to Billy for putting much time and energy into doing the work!! Its awesome. Watch for your Aparigraha thoughts this week!!
“When you grasp, you lose; when you give, you gain”
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hr