All summer, I've been diving deeper into the yamas - the five self-regulating behaviors that yogic philosophy invites us to practice.
What do these practices mean specifically us Type A personalities (and those who love us!) ? If who we are at our core often shows up with an achievement orientation, competitiveness, tendency towards perfectionism, and a short-fuse, what of the yamas might serve us?
The fifth yama is aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-grasping, non-attachment. As a typical Type A, I often find myself holding on to the notion of a right way (clearly the one I'm choosing!) and a wrong way of doing things, my sense of time and urgency for any given task, and a deep need for external validation to know if I'm doing a good job. Aparigraha asks us to find ways to become aware of and then consciously choose how to respond - over and over and over again.
In my recent Durham Yoga Company Community Class, we played with aparigraha through noticing what expectations for class we brought to the mat, bringing awareness to how we might cling to an idea of the perfect form for a particular asana, and focusing attention on where in our bodies we might be grasping or contracting when that's not what's needed.
Fear of scarcity or of not being enough is often the driver behind our desire for possession or attachment. When we know we are enough - right now, just as we are, in this perfect moment - we can let go of that which doesn't serve us.
Interested in learning about the intersections of other yamas and Type A Yoga? Read more:
- Type A Yoga & Ahimsa (non-violence)
- Type A Yoga & Satya (non-lieing)
- Type A Yoga & Asetya (non-stealing)
- Type A Yoga & Brahmacharya (right use of energy)