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 easy-going, 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 - and 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
As Gandhi pointed out, the quickest way to change what we see outside of ourselves that we don't like, we need to look inward and change the things in there that we don't like. "Be the change you want to see." Our conditioning and ingrained habits, samskaras, are powerful forces that cause us to live in unnecessary, self-imposed pain and suffering. Through our commitment to consistently attend to our physical and emotional health, we can become empowered to integrate and accept all the parts of ourselves as a unique and whole human being with skills and talents to share for the benefit of ourselves and others.
Harmonious Relationship: Meditation and Communication
Communication really is the key happy, healthy relationships. But first, how are we communicating with ourselves? Are our thoughts about ourselves reflecting how we want to be treated, with love and respect? Have we equated poor treatment from others, anxiety, anger, self-criticism, self-doubt as forms of love based on our past (childhood) experiences? With awareness we can change our thoughts and therefore emotions to reflect the love and respect, Ahimsa, that is our fundamental nature. If there is conflict inside, we will experience conflict with others. Knowing yourself and being able to communicate your needs, opinions and boundaries 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!