Yoga Philosophy in everyday life - Aparigraha & Santosa

The philosophy of yoga might seem like an afterthought to the psysical yoga practice, but in reality, it can help put a new broader perspective on yourself and life around you both in the past, present and future, and improve your day-to-day experiences. However, this might still sound very theoretical, so I’m going to tell a little story from my own everyday life as an example of how the yoga philosophy can come into use.

The other day while at work, my favorite yoga tights were accidentally ruined when they got snagged in a vending machine which resulted in a tear on the back. Naturally, I was upset that they were ruined, partly because they were expensive, but mainly because that they were the best yoga tights I had.

I reminded myself of the first two branches of the yoga tree, Yamas and NiyamasAparigraha and Santosa.

Aparigraha, which means to not attach yourself to materialistic possessions and Santosa, to be content with what you already have.

Thanks to these aspects of the yoga philosophy and my awareness of them, I let go of my initial glumness, and reminded myself of all the good things around me. Besides, it was only a pair of tights – Nothing which cannot be replaced.


Yoga filosofi virker måske som en tilføjelse til den fysiske yoga praksis, men det kan faktisk være med til at gøre ens hverdag bedre og få et større perspektiv på nuet og ens selvopfattelse. Men det kan stadigvæk lyde meget teoretisk så som et eksempel har jeg en lille historie fra hverdagen hvor yogafilosofien kom til udtryk i praksis

Den anden dag på arbejde blev mine yndlings yoga tights ødelagt, de sad fast i en automat, og der blev revet hul bag på dem Jeg blev naturligvis ked af at de var blevet ødelagt, både fordi de havde været dyre, men mest fordi det var de bedste yoga tights jeg havde.

Jeg mindede mig selv om de første to grene af yogatræet Yamas og Niyamas - Aparigraha og Santosa.

Aparigrahasom vil sige - ikke at have tilknytning til materialistiske ting og santosa - at være tilfreds med hvad du har.

Takket være Yoga filosofien og min bevidsthed omkring den, gav jeg slip på tristheden, og i stedet tænkte jeg på alle de gode ting omkring mig. Det var jo bare et tights - ikke noget uerstatteligt.

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