Basic YOGA Principles : being undemanding – APARIGRAHA

Navasana with a strap at the river, Aparigraha, the principle of contentment, Yogaeinzelstunden

Consumerism, longing for things that we want to call #mine, works at the expense of our tranquility. Whenever we consume too much, we lose our serenity.

Let’s take teaching Yoga as an example

We want to hold courses, need a nice room, mats, pillows, there is work to do to organize everything around classes. This might interfere with our original interest and enthusiasm, feelings of frustration may occur.

Yoga does not leave us alone with these kind of topics. Quite on the contrary they are at the heart of the teachings of yoga philosophy. The philosophy of Yoga is all about living a beautiful, fulfilled life.

The Yamas describe how to deal with the outside world in such a way that one feels calm and serene. One of the five principles of Yama which is one of the eight parts of Ashtanga Yoga is called APARIGRAHA: being undemanding.

The goal is being content, relaxed, finding – more – inner peace.

The Yogasutra gives so many opportunities for nurturing reflection. Contrary to what – from a euro-centric perspective – might be misinterpreted as teachings on morality, are actually teachings on peace.

APARIGRAHA gives us the opportunity to reflect decisions.

Only in a consistent social setting inner peace is possible.

What kind of reduction or renunciation scares me? And why? Whenever you feel dissatisfied, ask yourself of which nature are your demands.

What are you holding onto and why? Explore questions that are arising from the perspective of APARIGRAHA. It will help to understand yourself and the world better. Enliven your Yoga practice ON the mat with a sweet shanty feeling, let go of expectations and inner pressure and find ways to explore this theme OFF the mat in your day-to-day life as well.

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