Yamas (Interpersonal Ethics) #3 – Asteya (Non-Stealing) – Introduction

Daily Yogi branch of Yamas lower limb of yoga - Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha
Yamas – Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha

Asteya (Ah-STAY-yuh) translates to English as Non-Stealing, and is another universal moral and reflection of the golden rule in the Yamas. Asteya of course means literally not stealing possessions, but it also means not stealing or being selfish with the time, energy, and ideas of others. The positive opposite behavior of stealing that we want to encourage is generosity. There is a balance between giving and receiving.. one should not allow oneself to be taken advantage of, along with not taking advantage of others.

Asteya can be a deep philosophical consideration for yourself, examining situations where you may be acting a bit selfishly or taking advantage because you can. However, I hate to keep saying it.. but we are in difficult times and many are struggling right now. So, let’s focus on bringing more positivity to the world today.

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is a random act of generosity. Need some ideas? It can be big or small. If you can, make a donation to a food bank, or charity to help those in need, since many people are out of work and struggling to feed their families. If you are short on cash, ask someone you care about who is having a tough time if you can help with household chores, or yard work, or anything else to make their lives easier and take something off their plate. Go through the pantry, or old clothes, or the garage, and donate to someone you care about or a charitable organization. Whatever feels like the right way for you to practice being generous and sharing with others.

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19 thoughts on “Yamas (Interpersonal Ethics) #3 – Asteya (Non-Stealing) – Introduction

  1. An online event I was attending had to be postponed on the first day. They of course aloud refunds for the event but instead I decided to let them keep my money. It was going to the Artists who are out of work right now and are struggling.

  2. I had a few trays of food delivered to a friend’s house who just got home from the hospital with a newborn. She and her husband were super excited and appreciative!

  3. I gave my niece a ballet lesson with my barre at home since there are no in person classes right now

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