Aparigraha, the fifith yama, means nonattachment or nongreed. It is also often translated as letting go.
For the most part I’m pretty good about following aparigraha, this key ethical principle in yoga. I’m fairly chill when someone cuts me off in traffic. I let it go. I don’t get overworked about being overcharged $1. I let it go. I’m even a huge believer of feng shui and it’s principles centered around letting go of old stuff (clothes, books, photos, etc.) to make room for new things.
So as I expand my Arlington, VA-based yoga business (abellaYoga) to include Health Coaching services (abellaWellness) I’m noticing I’m not practicing aparigraha so well. Since inception of abellaYoga, I’ve run the books, managed my website, lived in the land of business development (networking, writing proposals, contracts, etc) and taught all the classes. The reality is as I move into Health Coaching I can’t keep doing it all. I need to let go. I need to delegate some of these tasks that have been dear to my heart.
Don’t get me wrong. This is an awesome problem to have as a small business owner. “Without continuous change it would be impossible to grow” Charlotte Bell states in mindful YOGA, mindful LIFE.
Well, I’m heading out shortly to stare at the ocean for a few days, clear my head and come back ready to let go. I am open to suggestions if anyone knows a great bookkeeper, website designer (who can merge abellaYoga and abellaWellness) and possibly business manager.
Happy long weekend!