Light On Yoga Challenge Week 3 & 4

 

New around here but thinking a light on yoga challenge sounds like something you could be in for? See the introduction here and Weeks 1 & 2 poses here.

This fortnight we add a couple more asanas. You can find the document to see them all here.

I mentioned yesterday that I would also like to look more closely at the other limbs of yoga whilst completing this challenge.  This fortnight I am going to focus on the yamas or ethical disciplines. They may be viewed as ‘nothing new’ to many people who already practice a religion or simply consider themselves moral or ‘good’ people.  I do think there is still benefit in considering them though, as whilst we don’t often blatantly demonstrate the negative behaviour described, at times our thoughts tell a different story.

Ahimsa (non-violence) – you might this this is an easy one to follow thinking ‘I’m not violent’, but ahimsa refers not only to physical violence but also the potential harm we can cause with our thoughts and our words.  I think this is definitely something we could all be more conscious of.

Satya (truth)- Iyengar describes four sins of speech; abuse and obscenity, dealing in falsehoods, telling tales and ridiculing what others hold to be sacred.  I am often guilty of using sarcasm for humour, mostly towards myself, but also of others.

Asteya (not-stealing) – obviously this one deals with not taking what is not ours but also looks at not coveting what others have.  How often do you waste precious energy feeling envious of what others have?

Brahmacharya  (celibacy) – the modern practice of this one usually refers to the directing of energy in positive ways (eg. remaining faithful in a monogamous relationship, being present in the moment)

Aparigraha (non-greed) – we are told we should not collect or hoard things that we do not need as this implies a lack of faith in the belief that everything we need will come when it is really needed.  This one should probably be on top of my list, possibly starting with my ridiculously large fabric pile.  eek!

Overall my goals for this fortnight are to continue practicing everyday and to remain conscious of the yamas.  I’m really enjoying the community we have created on Facebook and appreciate everyone who has commented in the last two weeks.

Feel free to join us.  It’s never too late.

5 Responses to “Light On Yoga Challenge Week 3 & 4

  • I used to do yoga:) Not sure why I don’t anymore:(
    Just dropping in from Love Laugh Rowe to meet and follow. (Done via GFC:) I would also love to invite you to join Lets Get Social Sunday and link up your blog and all your social sites (Facebook, Twitter etc) to meet new friends and gain more followers!! (Live right now at http://www.myturnforus.com/ ) We have about 150+ blogs link up each week:)

    Have an awesome day!!!

  • Like I said yesterday, I only got the one practice in this week but it was a good one! I had already added both these poses into a practice I did last week, so I’m glad that my logic of which poses would complement that sequence turned out to be on the money 🙂

    • Bettina Rae
      9 years ago

      I have to admit, I had already added these two. But I do like having some that I ‘have’ to do which gets me to the mat and then I inevitably do more anyway. I enjoying reading how you are going and i appreciate all your comments on Facebook.

  • Great! I’m adding these two asanas in my tomorrow practice!

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