We live in a world of excess.
We eat too much. We drink too much.
We shop too much. Buy too much. Own too much.
We work too much. Work out too much. (Perhaps to compensate for eating too much.)
It’s the American way:
Work yourself to death so you can buy all the things, eat all the things (but let’s be real, it’s mostly Cheetos and fast food because we’re too busy for anything else), do all the things … and what … be happy because you’ve finally “made it”?
Hold on, something’s not adding up here. Well, there’s a lot adding up but what’s it adding up to?
Brachmacharya, the fourth yama in the Yoga Sutras, addresses moderation.