As I have shared in other posts, Yamas are the outer ethical codes and foundations of the eight limbs, made up of five Yamas: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, & Aparigraha.
(Impermanance/ Letting Go)
Let's unpack this...
Impermanence & Letting Go:
The ongoing practice of becoming aware of growth & change while meeting ourselves, just as we are, moment to moment.
Meeting ourselves, just as we are, moment to moment.
As we dedicate ourselves to the ethical practice the Yamas lays out for us, we invite ourselves to live with vulnerability, depth & wide open hearts.
In that, we learn to acknowledge the ongoing evolution in our lives, relationships, the seasons, interests, and passion projects.
When we hold on tightly to what is, the natural evolution of change can feel difficult, create a sense of fear and, of course, deep grief.
When we acknowledge the importance of releasing, letting go, and at times having to say goodbye, we can instead meet ourselves with tender loving kindness. We allow our feelings and sensations to emerge without struggle or stifle.
How do you already honour the practice Aparigraha?
What are your growing edges?
Initially, I wrote this post while we were learning alongside incredible humans for the 3rd module of our 300-Hour Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology YTT! Our journey together is a process which supports the practice of witnessing the nature of ongoing growth and change. We notice it, acknowledge it & honour it. It is a joy to put this into practice with such incredibe souls.
Next up, we begin exploring the Niyamas Who's in?!
♥️ Dr. Melissa Jay
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Dr. Melissa Jay is an Indigenous, Nehiyaw-Métis, person, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Indigenous Director of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. We at Canmore Counselling respectfully acknowledges the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We are privileged to live on sacred lands and celebrate all of the Indigenous peoples, who live, work, play, and care for these lands. As an act of reconciliation and decolonization, may we work together to answer the TRC's Calls to Action: Truth & Reconciliation Commission Reports and Findings.