Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Aparigraha

Affirmations for Aparigraha/Non-grasping: At nine years old, Jaya decided she wanted to move her bedroom into the basement. This was a huge separation for me. For years and years, she would only fall asleep with me next to her. I felt like she had finally just started...

Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Bramhacharya

  Bramhacharya – Energy Moderation Anything that causes turbulence in the mind and stirs the emotions might be seen as a violation of brahmacharya: overstimulating foods, loud environments, violent movies, multiple-screen usage, etc. As I watch my child, I...

Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Asteya

  Asteya/Non-Stealing or Generosity: Acting With The Mentality Of Abundance   The effect of Satya/Truthfulness, the previous Yama I covered, was profound. My daughter is auditioning for the play Peter Pan. She recorded herself singing the audition song, and...

Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting – Satya

Satya = Truthfulness   Whenever I focus on the Yamas and Niyamas, it brings light into my life. Yesterday, it got really interesting after I wrote those affirmations on Ahimsa. In particular I kept thinking of the one that said “I’m other-centered rather than...

A Journey into the Yamas and Niyamas of Parenting

Ahimsa/Nonviolence or Loving Unconditionally   My daughter and I spent a lot of “1on1” time at the summer’s end before school started this year. Her playmates were away on vacation, the neighborhood was vacant, and it was just the two of us day in and day out for...

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