Asteya

Asteya –अस्तेय- Non-stealing. You can’t take nor should you want to take something from someone else. Typically when and if someone is failing at the art of Asteya they may have an imbalanced Muladhara. Greed is the main characteristic of this Chakra’s weaknesses.

Why is it that some drivers can take turns rather easily on a four way stop sign, giving and taking.

Sure, once in a while there is someone that goes out of turn or doesn’t actually know the system of order. But how can they organize themselves so easily, meanwhile some can’t seem to hold the door for one another as they walk in and out of the same building?

But, what does cooperation have to do with non-stealing? Everything.

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For example, asking people to do things for you that you can do for yourself. Why should someone have to

  • Look up a phone number for you

  • Tell you where or how to vacation

  • Say or write what they thought of some restaurant, school?

Your time is not more or less valuable than anyone else.

Learn for yourself. Do you not think that you deserve discovery? Are you such an insecure person with sad thoughts of your decision making and credibility that you have little faith you can handle something on your own?

Or worse do you think you are better than others and see them as busy bodies for your disposal?

  • Do you cut to the front of the line?

  • Impress only to take over someone else’s friend or family member?

  • Taking someone’s pride, debilitating their voice, humor, wit, courage, or god-forbid their sex.

Believe it or not there are some that justify this cruel behavior:

“I can’t stand weakness,” you say. As if this unfortunate event was somehow inevitable for the victim and not you the actor.

Whatever it is that you have taken isn’t yours.                   It will never be yours.

It will always be something that you took from someone else. And a reminder that your actions have inconvenienced someone else for selfish and personal gain.

This behavior is something can only lead to feeling badly and more specifically badly about yourself.

Greatness comes from respecting other people in the way you wish to be respected. If you think not, try it.

Namaste

If this sounds like you – you may also benefit from reading about Ahimsa.

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Me as a Yoga Teacher

Yoga: Connecting our Dots.

 Image result for yoga peaceWe empower this art with practice and intention.

Practice: We join each of our dots to become whole. 

Intention: We create what that whole image looks like.

We use the the body to still the mind.

I start at the scheduled time, what about you? We do not begin yoga cold, start deep breathing the minute you arrive- suck in the navel to activate the core in any way you feel is good for you to warm-up. Don’t know how? Just start by contracting your muscles, first your butt, then the muscles on the front of the legs, etc. Close your eyes and feel what’s under your skin. This is self-induced trance. Take it seriously.

I will not ask you to move fast, so don’t start racing with yourself or others around you.

This is the antithesis of yoga. Think like tortoise. Move like a tortoise. You will always take at least one full inhale and one full exhale for each posture before you transition out of it.

Vinyasa: to move. I will teach you how to trust Asana, as in the holding of one position and vinyasa the movement from one asana into another. This is only 1/8 of the Yoga Experience.

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Three tips to make your Yoga Transformation successful:

  • Common sense: This is not a “no-pain-no-gain” movement. This is ancient play. You are to be having fun – even in the most uncomfortable.

Do not force yourself into a pose. Asana is designed to dissolve emotional blockages trapped in your tissues. This is something that requires grace and patience. Think of it as loving yourself. We do not have the same body nor do we give or take love in the same way. None of us do. Postures may look very differently for each of us but the benefit is the same. If this is where your learning about yoga begins, welcome. I am happy to share this experience with you.

  • Commitment: This is a real place inside. You must make a decision to be here or there, wherever, and while yoga is about freedom. All freedom comes with great responsibility. You must listen to the ways that your body wants to move. You must balance intensity with sustainability. Transformational energy is already within you and yoga is about quieting the distractions that take you away from that commitment to yourself.

I will ask you to look around and make eye contact with someone. I will ask you to smile and celebrate their beauty and presence, in class- or the subway- wherever-whenever. Now look back at your own gaze and celebrate your presence. Sometimes we can get far from even the most enjoyable parts of ourselves.

  • Courtesy: Be courteous to your practice. It is called a practice because it is not perfect. Some days you notice what is going on in each pose, and some days you have to work for that awareness. Be courteous with each breath, but also with me as your guide.

We are constantly exchanging energy. Be courteous with every single person here.Do not sit and complain about your life’s struggles. No one can help you, but you. There is no talking in a yoga room/studio. Even if you and your immediate neighbor are happy to share, others are here for stillness. This is a time for them as much as it is for you. Let us grow together.