Discovering Yoga Philosophy with Aparigraha, the 5th Yama, or Non-Attachment or Non-Possessiveness.

Join Jennifer Dixon ERYT 500, Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and Certified Personal Trainer and Merritt Maloof Plumb, Reiki Master and Energy Worker for a conversation on the 5th Yama, Aparigraham which means Non- Attachment or Non-possessiveness.

What can you practice “letting go” of?

This is the 6th video in our series on the Yamas and Niyamas, which are basically ethical guidelines that are considered the 1st and 2nd limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. A great resource we reference a lot in these discussions is a book called, “The Yamas and Niyamas*” by Deborah Adele.

While most people find yoga through the physical postures (asanas), and some find it through Meditation (which is actually a limb of yoga called, dhyana, the first two limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas are actually the foundations for a “yogic life” because they provide the guidelines for a healthy, balanced and peaceful life.

The Yamas and Niyamas are philosophical ideas to help you reach enlightenment according to the Ashtanga yoga method.

Interestingly, these concepts come before the asana practice (the physical yoga practice most people know and love.)

Non-attachment does not mean you have no relationships or you are distant from those in your life, it just asks that you let go of expectations.

This non-attachment can be a difficult concept especially if you are a creature of habit or very drawn to structure and timelines, as most of us are.

Being open to changes in your life can open up you up to experiences and release you from burdens holding you back. Merritt reads a beautiful excerpt from The Book of Awakening* by Mark Nepo.

Listen in to today’s episode and let us know what non-attachment means to you!

Let us know in the comments down below.

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