I bet you're going to say you don't do this. Asteya, our 3rd Yama is non-stealing.  And yes, I appreciate that you don't shoplift, but its about more than that. 

At the root of stealing is our dissatisfaction with our own belongings or circumstances.   This can manifest in comparing ourselves to others and indulging in the need for more and more and more.....

Whats the cure? Gratitude. 

Practicing Asteya guides us to see what we DO have. we practice Self-acceptance and compassion to ourselves, and to others.



The second of the Yamas is Satya/Truthfulness.

Being truthful is about more than just not lying. 

It isnt easy to look at yourself closely and own up to your own limitations.  The limitations that can lead to dishonest behaviors.  When someone says something that upsets you, notice your reaction.  Recognize how you really feel vs how you react.  Do your best to not gossip, manipulate, or cheat.   Being honest is the goal, but practice ahimsa when telling the truth. 



Our first Yama is Ahimsa/Nonharming.

A great start to living your yoga is ahimsa. Living a life of nonviolence means you resist participation in physical and verbal abuse of others, or yourself.

Holding yourself to an unrealistic standard and striving for perfection are forms of self abuse.

Try a little and choose compassion today. First for yourself and then for others.