I woke up Sunday morning with anticipation and excitement. I lay in bed wondering what was different about today than any other day. “It’s not my birthday, it’s not Christmas, I don’t even have exciting plans.” So what is different? Sometimes when I wake up all I want to do is go back to bed. I have a lack of enthusiasm for life…or at least for the day. But today…hum, today was different. As I contemplated the possibilities I placed my hands over my heart to hear what it had to say. The answer was profound and tangible…

Deep, humble gratitude. Continue reading

Most Generous – Asteya

Asteya – one of the five Yamas (wise characteristics) of the eight limbs of yoga as defined by Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras. It’s translation: non stealing. But what does that mean?

Nischala Joy Devi lends a feminine view to the definition and practice of Asteya in her book “The Secret Power of Yoga: A woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras”, wherein she characterizes asteya as “honesty,” “generosity,” or “integrity.”

Aadil Palkhivala offers ways to practice Asteya in asana practice. Asteya, or “not stealing,” refers to the stealing that grows from believing we cannot create what we need. We steal because we misperceive the universe as lacking abundance or we think that there is not enough for everyone and that we will not receive in proportion to our giving. Because of this, asteya does not only consist of “not stealing,” but also of rooting out the subconscious beliefs of lack and scarcity that cause greed and hoarding in all their various manifestations. Continue reading