Contributed by Jackie Cawthon, @thegirlwiththecarrottattoo
1. Non attachment
When we’re attached to possessions, we’re relying on them for happiness. Since nothing lasts forever, this is an unsustainable way to live joyfully. In order to cultivate happiness, we must respect the impermanence of things and find peace by changing our mindset. In the yoga practice, it’s also important not to get attached to anything (i.e. “nailing” a particular pose or expecting a certain outcome). When our attachments to expectations are not met, we suffer. Fortunately, we have the power to reduce our suffering through the practice of detachment.
2. Clarity of mind
Physical clutter causes mental and emotional clutter both consciously and subconsciously. Possessions take up our time and energy, so when we have too many things, life can be overwhelming and draining. We practice yoga to clear away our ideas of who we think we should be, allowing more time and energy to connect to who we really are.
Having fewer possessions increases our appreciation for what we do have. Whether meditating in stillness or flowing through asanas, practicing gratitude for our mind/spirit, body and breath, is essential to find the contentment and peace we seek.