Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word that literally means "not hitting" or "non-violence."
The Essence of Yoga and the goal of practice is Ahimsa. And "practice" is really playing the game of life with awareness, sensitivity and a deep commitment to understanding our essential nature which is life-sustaining and harmonious, but can be clouded by our samskaras or habitual thought and behavior patterns, or conditioned beliefs.
Through the practice of YOGA, we can break through and overcome these limiting beliefs and behaviors to become our Essential selves - connected, relaxed, authentic - to show up to be healthy, happy and truly engaged in our relationships, work, and living in general.
Personal Health and Empowerment: Physical Exercise and Breathing Well
"Be the change you want to see." As Gandhi pointed out, the quickest way to change what we see outside of ourselves is to look inward and change the things in there that don’t work for us. Our conditioning and ingrained habits, samskaras, are powerful forces that cause us to live in unnecessary suffering. Through our commitment to consistently attend to our physical and emotional health, we are empowered to accept and integrate all the parts of ourselves, embrace our uniqueness, and express our skills and talents for the benefit of ourselves and others.
Harmonious Relationship: Meditation and Communication
Communication really is the key happy, healthy relationships. How are we communicating with ourselves? Do our thoughts reflect how we want to be treated, with love and respect? Have we equated poor treatment from others, anxiety, anger, self-criticism, or self-doubt with comfort or as forms of love?
With awareness we can change our thoughts, emotions, and behavior to reflect Ahimsa, love and respect for all. If there is conflict inside, we will experience conflict with others. Internal harmony is gained by knowing yourself, being able to communicate your needs, opinions and boundaries, and will go a long way in creating harmony with others, even if we don't agree on everything.
Positive Community Engagement
Together, we can really do some things!