This fortnight we add a couple more asanas. You can find the document to see them all here.
I mentioned yesterday that I would also like to look more closely at the other limbs of yoga whilst completing this challenge. This fortnight I am going to focus on the yamas or ethical disciplines. They may be viewed as 'nothing new' to many people who already practice a religion or simply consider themselves moral or 'good' people. I do think there is still benefit in considering them though, as whilst we don't often blatantly demonstrate the negative behaviour described, at times our thoughts tell a different story.
Ahimsa (non-violence) - you might this this is an easy one to follow thinking 'I'm not violent', but ahimsa refers not only to physical violence but also the potential harm we can cause with our thoughts and our words. I think this is definitely something we could all be more conscious of.
Satya (truth)- Iyengar describes four sins of speech; abuse and obscenity, dealing in falsehoods, telling tales and ridiculing what others hold to be sacred. I am often guilty of using sarcasm for humour, mostly towards myself, but also of others.
Asteya (not-stealing) - obviously this one deals with not taking what is not ours but also looks at not coveting what others have. How often do you waste precious energy feeling envious of what others have?
Brahmacharya (celibacy) - the modern practice of this one usually refers to the directing of energy in positive ways (eg. remaining faithful in a monogamous relationship, being present in the moment)
Aparigraha (non-greed) - we are told we should not collect or hoard things that we do not need as this implies a lack of faith in the belief that everything we need will come when it is really needed. This one should probably be on top of my list, possibly starting with my ridiculously large fabric pile. eek!
Overall my goals for this fortnight are to continue practicing everyday and to remain conscious of the yamas. I'm really enjoying the community we have created on Facebook and appreciate everyone who has commented in the last two weeks.
Feel free to join us. It's never too late.