Yoga Challenge: Yamas (Interpersonal Ethics) #5 – Aparigraha (Non-Attachment)

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

Happy Day 5 of our 30 Day Yoga Challenge – Aparigraha

Today we are learning about and practicing the final of the five Yamas. Many of the translations from Sanskrit to English for the Yamas (YAH-muhs), or Interpersonal Ethics, are things you should NOT do. I consider many of the Yamas to be different embodiments of The Golden Rule – “do unto others as you would want done to you.” Of course we aim to not do the negative thing, but on the flip side we also should try to embody the positive opposite.

1st Limb of Yoga – Yamas #5 – Aparigraha (Non-Attachment)

Aparigraha (ah-PA-ree-GRA-ha) is “non-grasping on all sides” in a direct translation from Sanskrit. However, it is frequently translated as non-attachment or non-possessiveness.

This is an interesting topic for us in the Western World. We live in a very capitalist society, where most of us are constantly working and pushing for the next cool gadget, promotion, or life milestone. Aparigraha is about both not attaching ourselves to a particular outcome. It is also about gratitude and enjoying the present moment. Generally, if we are focused on the next thing in the future, we often miss out on what is right in front of us. This does not mean we should not put forth our best efforts or pursue things that make us happy, but the key is to focus on the present and actually experience and appreciate each moment.

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to make a list of 5 things you are grateful for in your life, right now. Need some ideas? They can be big or small. You may be grateful for physical things like your health or your long hair or your home or your beautiful garden. Perhaps you are most grateful for your family or friends or pets. You may be proud of something you accomplished or positive personal traits like humor or loyalty. Or, maybe you are grateful for past learning experiences or positive changes you see in yourself or the world. Moreover, these are tough times.. if you are proud for getting out of bed or taking a shower, or putting on pants for your zoom meeting, then celebrate small victories! This practice is about finding the joy and blessings in the moment. Therefore, focus your attention to positivity and abundance already in your life, rather than putting off your happiness for something in the future.

Want more Aparigraha practices? Check out our Aparigraha Guide!

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5 thoughts on “Yoga Challenge: Yamas (Interpersonal Ethics) #5 – Aparigraha (Non-Attachment)

  1. -My family & Friends
    -My job & the people I work with
    -My house
    -Health (both mine and my family/friends)
    -Good music!

    Actually taking a minute to list these things out (all of which I take for granted too often) helped me put everything in perspective and reminded me not to worry/complain so much about the little stuff.

  2. * My two sweet Heathy girls
    * My husband who works hard so I can stay home for our family.
    * My friends & Family & Doggos
    * The abundance of Live DJ streams during Quarantine
    * Living so close to the Beach

    I could keep going on, so many wonderful things to be grateful for in this short life we get.

  3. –Still employed!
    –Still healthy!
    –My dog is chill
    –I live in the best place
    –Great friends 🙂

  4. I am grateful for:
    My loving family
    My kind and supportive husband
    My kitties who bring me so much joy
    My job which I love and am always continuing to learn from
    My health continuing to be stable

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