Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to explore the Yamas and the Niyamas. The Yamas and the Niyamas are the ethical foundation of yoga. The yamas and niyamas invite you to raise your level of integrity in a way that enhances, enriches, and empowers your relationship with yourself and the world.
Yamas are the positive duties or observances. Universal Morality. They are a form of moral imperatives, commandments, rules or goals. The Yamas are the "don't do these" list of self-restraints, typically representing commitments that affect one's relations with others and self. The complementary Niyamas represent the "do these" list of observances, and together Yamas and Niyamas are personal obligations to live well.
This week, the first Yama that we will explore Ahimsa. Ahimsa as Loving Kindness: By loving ourselves and remembering our true nature we are naturally more inclined to love others.Ahimsa is, however, 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.
What are some ways you can practice Ahimsa in your daily life?
How do I practice Ahimsa on and off the mat?