YAMAS AND NIYAMAS

A studio wide study of the yoga's guiding principles

Ahimsa Defined.....

For the one who is firmly established in non-violence, all hostility ceases in the presence of that one. - Patanjali

Killing and doing physical harm are grosser forms of violence that are easily seen and understood. When we feel hurried, afraid, powerless, out of balance, and harsh with ourselves, we may find ourselves speaking words of unkindness or even exploding with a violent outburst. As our awareness of these nuances grows, we learn that our ability to be nonviolent to others is directly related to our ability to be nonviolent within ourselves. ~Deborah Adele

The first Yama is perhaps the most famous one: Ahimsa usually translated as "nonviolence." This refers not only to physical violence but also to the violence of words or thoughts. What we think about ourselves or others can be as powerful as any physical attempt to harm. To practice, ahimsa is to be constantly vigilant, to observe ourselves in interaction with others and to notice our thoughts and...

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