Brahmacharya and Aparigraha

Last week’s classes focused on brahmacharya—sexual chastity. It doesn’t seem like the best topic for a yoga class, beyond the obvious, but we interpreted it to mean appropriate use of energy. Our poses focused on staying within our limits and our lower chakras, while cultivating core strength.

This week’s topic, aparigraha, or nongrasping/noncovetousness, builds on last week’s. We’re seeing where we’re using energy unnecessarily, especially in challenging balance poses, and literally working not to grasp so hard. We also practice the mantra of my childhood: my parents always told me, “You get what you get.” In many poses, where we are and where we wish we were are far apart; we have to recognize that we get what we get and find contentment there.