Posts tagged let go
8 limbs of yoga for modern life: Aparigraha

In traditional teachings, Aparigraha translates as ‘non-possessiveness’ or ‘non-greed’. It refers mainly to physical objects or material wealth. Those living a yogi lifestyle are taught that attachments to such ‘earthly’ items are a hindrance to reaching ‘Samadhi'‘; the state of transcendental bliss & universal knowledge otherwise known as Enlightenment. However for me, this practice extends far beyond material things. It’s about letting go of attachment to ANY ONE OUTCOME; any one goal, specific yoga posture or fixed idea and allowing yourself to be open to opportunity, acceptance and change.

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Feeling Free at the Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali

When I left to go travelling in India and do my yoga teacher training one particular friend looked at me with a grimace and said, “oh you’re not going to come back a yoga dickhead are you?”. I assured her I wouldn’t, but that statement did come to my mind when I agreed to join my new friend Wei Ting at an ‘ecstatic dance’ session at the Yoga Barn. I was certainly sceptical, but have got into the habit on this trip of saying ‘yes’ to things I wouldn’t normally say yes to, and so we went.

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