When most of us think of yoga, we think about a physical practice that moves our bodies through different postures until we can settle into stillness at the end of a class in corpse pose or savasana. But that physical practice, known as asana, is only the third of eight (!) limbs of yoga. The first limb, the Yamas, are the ethical standards by which a yogi is supposed to live. There are five Yamas, and the last one of them, aparigraha, seems to get the least attention. Aparigraha means non-coveting. Below, a tiny lesson on aparigraha, courtesy of my preschooler and my toddler.
My littlest one gets to wear all kinds of cozy, super comfy clothes. And I have been in the habit of saying, “Look how cozy L gets to be today! I’m jealous, I would love to have some pants as cozy as those ones are!” Jokingly, of course. (Although: attention clothing makers! If you could make mama clothes as cute and comfortable as you make baby and toddler boy clothes, I, for one, would be in! And to the rest of the world, we need to make it totally okay to walk around in clothing that is super cozy and comfy! I’m not talking about athleisure wear, either-but I digress....) So this week my preschooler has taken to debating these statements rather than just agreeing with me like he usually does. “Mama,” he’ll tell me, “you’re not supposed to be jealous!” And he stops me in my tracks. Time for a new way to phrase my admiration for our baby’s comfy wardrobe! Perhaps something more based on gratitude, something to the effect of, “I’m so thankful L gets to be so cozy in that cute little outfit today because it just makes me want to snuggle him in close!” I’ll leave you to consider what aparigraha might mean for your yoga practice on the mat for now-watch out for a blog post to explore this in more detail coming up. 😉
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