Aparigraha- Non-Grasping


Every month, WE highlights a specific virtue from the yogic code of ethics, as outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra, the most widely regarded text on yoga.  The fifth virtue in this 10-part blog series, and the theme for May at WE, is Aparigraha- Non-Grasping.

The more we let go, the more we grow.

Aparigraha is the practice of non-grasping.  This yama highlights the transitory nature of all things, relationships, feelings, expectations, and experiences.  It teaches us how to be present without holding onto the moment too tightly.  In this way, the breath is our first lesson.  Just as the breath arises and the breath subsides, so do our experiences; neither are lasting or permanent.  When we grasp or hold onto that which is impermanent, we suffer.  To avoid unnecessary suffering, we must let go.  The more we practice letting go, the more joy and freedom we find.  Aparigraha is the pathway to freedom.  The more we let go, the more we grow.


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