Yamas – Asteya

Asteya, the third yama in the 8 limbs of yoga. It means non-stealing. It sounds simple, but its because we usually think of stealing in the terms of materialism only. There are so many other things we can steal. Attention, credit, space, time, peace and so on.

When we look at Asteya it relates to behaviour caused by thoughts, or fluctations of the mind(Vritti). ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I don’t have enough’. The practice of yoga is about uniting and in many ways becoming whole.

To practice gratefulness over what/who we are and what/who we have will help reduce the feeling of not being or having enough.

When people talk non-stop and/or interrupt you they steal your attention, your time and your peace. In a way, these type of people also steal a lot of space. After being with them you may feel drained because they have been stealing your energy.

As Sivananda said ‘desire and want’, is what causes us to go out of our way to obtain something. Often, the things we buy and don’t need could be appreciated by someone else, but by needlessly taking them for ourselves, we rob others of the chance to have what they do need.  

So you see, Asteya may sound simple and superficial, but as all the yamas, they are quite deep and comprehensive.

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