The yamas are our studio theme for March. They are sort of ethical guidelines in how we live our life and how we treat others. They are very personal and can be shaped to what you need to help better guide your direction in your yoga practice off mat.
Asteya: Refers to non-stealing. This practice goes far beyond the act of stealing material positions. When we reflect on asteya we look at the ways things are taking from us or we take from others. In order to explain this yama we will be using examples of different ways things can be taken.
We can steal energy, when we take someone’s energy we are draining them of their vital life force. Energy can be taken by negative speaking, negative thinking and negative actions. This negative energy can drain others if proper boundaries are not put in place.
We can steal time from others by not being on time or respecting others time.
We can steal others power by not respecting their boundaries and forcing control over them. This can happen in work, relationships and family units.
Here are some tips to practice Asteya off mat:
- Respect yours and others time
- Reflect on where you need energy and draw it from your practice not from others
- Set up boundaries for yourself and understand your relationships to power.