412: The Practice of Asteya in Modern Life | Yamas Series

This episode is Part 3 of our 10-part Yoga philosophy series where we dip our toes into the Yamas and Niyamas. It’s a snack bite-sized dive into philosophy (haha).  Asteya is the 3rd of the 5 Yamas, and is traditionally translated to non-stealing.

We go far deeper into these Philosophies inside our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. You can learn more about our Yoga Teacher Training program over here.

This is what we spoke about during the episode

  • Asteya is not just about non-stealing of physical possessions. Being late is stealing time. Distracting ourselves where there is no need for distraction is stealing from our own present moment.
  • Nischala Joy Devi translates Asteya as abiding in generosity and honesty. When we are honest and generous, we experience abundance.
  • Asteya tells us not to steal, but as it expands our hearts, it says give. Don’t wait for someone to ask. Be alert and never miss an opportunity to give, give, give.
  • Make sure to give to yourself first: compassion, love, acceptance, non-judgment, understanding, forgiveness. The more we give these to ourselves, the more we give them to others as well.
  • If you missed the first and second parts of this series, listen to 410: Embracing Ahimsa | The First Step in Our Yamas Series and 411: Discovering Satya, the Power of Truth | Yamas Series

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