Stealing from Yourself

During class this morning, Erik, the instructor, focused our attention on the yama of Asteya.  Asteya is the principle of non-stealing.  Now, there are obvious implications to this form of self-restraint.  We should not steal others’ belongings; we should not steal others’ ideas; we should not take more than we need.  But, my thoughts went to the less obvious forms of stealing that we engage in and should avoid.  We should not steal attention or admiration due to jealousy.  We should not steal the self-esteem of others by belittling or degrading them.  We should not steal the good name of … Continue reading

You are Awareness

In my yoga class today, the wonderful Micki quoted from Ramana Maharishi to start and end the class.  I found the quote very moving and have been contemplating it (between some stressful work tasks) today.  So, I thought I would share… You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the … Continue reading

Turn that Frown Upside Down – Literally

I. Love. Inversions. If someone would have told me a few years ago that being upside down would be one of my favorite things, I would have thought that he/she was a few apples short of a bushel. Not only did I think that I couldn’t physically do it, I was scared to try. But, it’s true – I love inversions. Based on medical information and traditional yoga thought, there are many benefits to inversion that include: Increase of Oxygen Flow to the Brain Relief of Varicose Veins Improvement in Circulation and Acceleration the Cleansing of Blood and Lymph Fluids … Continue reading