Yamas-Restraints, Ahimsa: nonviolence, non-harming

Ahimsa: nonviolence, non-harming

Compassion for all living things
The word ahimsa means not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person (including ourselves) in any way whatsoever. Ahimsa is, more than just lack of violence as adapted in yoga. It means kindness, friendliness, and thoughtful consideration of other people and things. It also has to do with our duties and responsibilities too. Ahimsa implies that in every situation we should adopt a considerate attitude and do no harm.

We all commit small acts of violence every day.  We carelessly harm each other, the earth, and ourselves in dozens of different ways, because we are not living our lives in compassion and awareness.

Did you have an argument with someone?

It is better to be kind than right

Did you forget to recycle that glass bottle or your junk mail?

During your Yoga practice, did you force your body to stretch farther than you knew it should?

If you can’t breath freely, you shouldn’t be there

Things you can try to practice Ahimsa

Practice forgiveness, compromise and reconciliation

Try vegetarianism for a meal, day, week, or a lifetime.

If living meat free doesn’t appeal to you try giving thanks before each meal for the life that has been given.

Carry an insect outside instead of stepping on it

If you are sleepy go to bed.  If you are sick stay home.

Affirmation for Ahimsa

I am enough, just as I am

I am gentle to all beings

I easily forgive myself and others

I am free of fear and anger

Journal Writing Exercises:

Write 3 ways you are loving to yourself.

Write 3 ways you are loving to yourself.

In what ways are you critical of yourself?

When have you not been kind to others?

How have you allowed others to be unkind to you?

Yoga Posture for Ahimsa might be Tadasana or Mountain Posture.

This is a posture of alignment and the basis for all yoga postures.

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One Response to “Yamas-Restraints, Ahimsa: nonviolence, non-harming”

  1. The Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga « 2nd Star To The Right Yoga Blog Says:

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