We all wanna be bad-ass. Here are lessons in bad-assery I am learning through the yamas of the Yoga Sutras.
Ahimsa ~ Nonviolence
Then: When I was first learning to drive I thought I was bad-ass because I liked to speed.
Working on: Being a safe driver. It is bad-ass to try to not kill other people on the road. Driving with the flow of traffic and stopping at stop signs is my MO.
Satya ~ Truthfulness
Then: I was a bad-ass for telling my mom I was going to the library when I really went to the shooting range.
Working on: Keeping my parents in the loop. It is totally bad-ass to help others avoid the harm of worrying.
Asteya ~ Nonstealing
Then: I thought it was bad-ass to bring ice-cream cones to school in order to steal ice-cream from the machine.
Now: I’m bad-ass enough to pay for the things I want or not have them.
Brahmacharya ~ Nonexcess
Then: In college I thought it was bad-ass to go out and get wasted.
Working on: Practicing moderation. It is bad-ass to take total care of my body.
Aparigraha ~ Nongreed
Then: I thought it was bad-ass to do all the best poses. Nothing less than perfection will do.
Working on: Being a bad-ass at the level I am. There is no need to be possessive over my poses. Through letting go, I will go farther than I imagined possible.