Yamas In Practice: The 5 Carrots

 Opening happens not just in physical postures, but through building awareness of all that which surrounds you.

Opening happens not just in physical postures, but through building awareness of all that which surrounds you.

Having practiced through the 5 Yamas over the past few weeks, keen students of the five sutras  will have noticed that Patanjali offers up a carrot to go with each of the observances. Through the study and personal work that the Yamas require, we are invited to recognize the fruit of our labor. Below is a summary for the yoga student to take into consideration as you work the Yamas each and every day:

  • Ahimsa: With the practice of non-harming, others are invited to release all hostility. If there is no perceived threat from me to you, then you can let down your guard. We release all hostilities, what a wonderful world that would be!
  • Satya: When we are rooted in truthfulness, all goodness comes our way. Does this include chocolate? 
  • Asteya: By practicing non-stealing, we do not take that which does not already belong to us and in return we are open to the blessings being offered. We invite wealth into our lives.
  • Bramacharya: Finding our highest reality leads us to abstinence and through restraint of the senses, our urges, we find tap into deep strength, our own inner vitality, without the need for another to validate our own inner light.
  • Aparigraha: Allowing ourselves to detach from hoarding we release the burdens that hold us back from recognizing meaningful purpose, we find Dharma.

Hope you have enjoyed this series on the Yamas, looking forward to sharing the Niyamas over the coming weeks.

~Peace and Blessings


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