The Yamas and Niyamas are the 10 reliable guidelines behind the practice of yoga. They encompass non-violence, fact, non-stealing, non-excess, non-possessiveness, purity, satisfaction, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender.

Lately, I have been thinking of Asteya, the yama of non-stealing. In day-to-day life, we consider this as not stealing product possessions from stores or other people, nevertheless, there are lots of methods to steal and they don’t all incorporate material products.

How do you manage time?

As a yoga trainer, among the main concepts I pursue isn’t taking the time of those who come to my courses. Your time in class is valuable, so I do not want to add any additional stress by running late and triggering a delay for your time after class.

I also try to bring this awareness into my everyday regular since I learned a very long time ago that by being aware of my relationship to time, I could better handle my tension level. Take a minute to familiarize your relationship to time– is it a healthy relationship, or are you running from something to another and not enabling any downtime, or even wasting time with reasons or procrastination?

How do you fill the void?

Most individuals are not aware of it, however hoarding is another form of taking. Hoarding applies to a variety of things varying from food to cash and possessions. Take a minute to mindfully evaluate what’s needed for your way of life. Think of what you’re keeping due to psychological or mental attachments and let go of the products you can. By doing this, you’re freeing yourself along with giving to others who may need what’s no more serving you.

In yoga we find out that the source of stealing and hoarding is desire, which can be managed through the regular practice of yoga, as it allows the recognition of why the desire exists and permits a healthier method to fill deep space.

Here are 2 yoga practices I like to do when I’m feeling less than content and letting desire get out of control:

1. Full Body Breath— Set with your arms at your side and your eyes closed. Take a deep breath, envisioning your breath streaming like a white light from the crown of your head and out with the suggestions of your toes. Repeat as long as you like up until you feel calm, grounded, and able to see your desires for exactly what they are.

2. Sun Salutations— Whether you prefer to hold your yoga postures or flow with them, taking 5 to ten minutes to link breath and body in a sun salutation is a fantastic way to obtain out of your head and see things as an onlooker, with a sense of renewal and vigor.

The practice of yoga connects body and breath, releasing our mind to draw a greater awareness into our lives. With the Yamas and Niyamas, we awaken this awareness, becoming more mindful of our actions and location on the planet.