The Yamas: A deeper look at asteya

Asteya (uh-stay-ah) is our third sub-principle within the Yamas. It translates to non-stealing. And just as with ahimsa and satya there is more to this yama than meets the eye. Stealing is defined as “to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice”. Now, we all know not to steal. We grow up being taught that stealing is wrong and, for some, learning that it is a sin. But within the Yoga Sutras (yogic philosophy text) we are introduced to a deeper meaning that shows us how stealing is not always about taking something physical from another person. It can be theft by intent, manipulation or deceit. It can be through our thoughts, words or actions. It can be stealing a non-physical thing from others or even from yourself. Let’s explore…