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  • Weekend Intention: Practice Ahimsa (Loving Kindness)


    Sometimes we get so caught up in the poses and the physical practice that we forget about the more essential elements of yoga. We forget that yoga is an 8-limbed path and that asana is but only one limb of this comprehensive yogic tree. We forget, or maybe just push aside, our study and practice of the other limbs.

    The first two limbs of yoga are the yamas and niyamas. These are the moral and ethical codes and observances of the practice. These are just as (if not more!) important as asana in the practice of yoga.

    Ahimsa is the first yama (ethical rule) of yoga that I want to introduce today.

    What is ahimsa?

    Ahimsa is Sanskrit for non-harming or non-violence. Yet, the meaning of ahimsa extends far beyond just non-harming. Ahimsa bears a much deeper, comprehensive meaning...

    "Ahimsa or non-injury, of course, implies non-killing. But, non-injury is not merely non-killing. In its comprehensive meaning, Ahimsa or non-injury means entire abstinence from causing any pain or harm whatsoever to any living creature, either by thought, word, or deed. Non-injury requires a harmless mind, mouth, and hand.

    Ahimsa is not mere negative non-injury. It is positive, cosmic love. It is the development of a mental attitude in which hatred is replaced by love. Ahimsa is true sacrifice. Ahimsa is forgiveness. Ahimsa is Sakti (power). Ahimsa is true strength." ~Swami Sivananda, Divine Bliss

    Put ahimsa into action with Scott Duszko in a beautiful Loving Kindness flow. In this online yoga class, you will link movement to breath and explore a flowing sequence and sun salutations. The postures stretch and strengthen your body. Honest Yoga helps you move towards perfected alignment and deeper postures. Scott themes this class around the ethical rule (yama) of loving kindness (ahimsa) to help you move into understanding yoga as a lifestyle. (66 mins.)

    Ahimsa flow

    This weekend, practice being ahimsic toward yourself and to all. Extend your compassion to yourself and to all. Practice love – love for yourself and love for all. Wrap all of your actions, words, and thoughts in loving kindness. Make an intention to do, speak, and think lovingly. Let’s raise the vibration of our worlds with love, yogis!

    lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may my thoughts and my actions somehow contribute to that freedom for all.


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