“The guideline of Aparigraha invites us to let go and to pack lightly for our journey through life, all the while caring deeply and enjoying fully.” – Deborah Adele, Yamas and Niyamas
To everyone who has gone above and beyond to show love and support in my life and on my yoga journey: Thank you so much! I am trying to build a page where I can write mostly about yoga and wellness, but it’s taking longer than expected and I really want to start sharing! I’m making this blog post here to share some of the concepts that have nourished my entire being. After all, yoga is not limited to the mat. This experience is life changing!
As a part of my yoga teacher-training program, we are asked to report on different principles and asanas. This week, I was given the Yama or universal ethical code of “Aparigrha”.
Learning about this final Yama was so eye opening for me that I could not help but create this post. I truly take it as a gift that I was assigned this yama to study, although each of the Yamas have greatly influenced my life. I feel that a lot of us may experience the feelings discussed below without awareness of then or understanding of where they begin and how to overcome them.
Aparigraha is a reminder to be non-covetous, non-clingy and non-greedy. Distinguished from “Asteya” (non-stealing) which is concerned with taking what is not yours, “Aparigraha” (non-possessiveness) seems to be more concerned with the feeling of wanting what others have or clinging onto what you have. This greed-based desire is often rooted in fear and/or jealousy.
Here’s a very meaningful Instagram post that I came across on the topic of aparigraha in the form of “letting go”: