Asteya literally means non-stealing.  Asteya is the third yama.  The opposite is Steya or stealing.  When you analyze it a bit further, Asteya means taking only that which is freely given, not taking something that belongs to others, and taking only enough without demanding more than necessary.  This calls for developing conditions in our lives that foster self-sufficiency and contentment.

In our everyday lives Steya appears as constantly showing up late for work and meetings, sending unnecessary e-mails, checking Twitter and Facebook updates and messages in a meeting, interrupting coworkers in conversation or when they are busy with work, gossip, rumors, being unprepared for presentations, micromanaging, stealing credit, and not providing necessary and helpful feedback.  Remember, anytime you are contributing to the knowledge, growth, quality of environment, and happiness of an individual or organization, you are practicing Asteya.  Spend a few moments reflecting on your behavior and how you can incorporate Asteya in your lives.

About Kammitment:  Led by scientist and life-coach Kamalesh (Kam) Rao, Kammitment helps one realize and make a commitment towards self-actualization, through tailored leadership coaching workshops and programs for students and professionals in all stages of their lives, by drawing upon the time-tested principles of Yoga and Mindfulness.  Kam has spent 20 years as a scientist and a manufacturing professional in the pharmaceuticals industry, and continues to consult with the industry.  In his free time he leads executive coaching programs for Fortune 100 clients.  A certified Yoga instructor, Kam lives in Oakland, CA and is an active volunteer in the Bay Area community when he is not perfecting the next Pretzel pose in Yoga and tapping into its myriad benefits.  For further information, please email [email protected]

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