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4799904924_9bdfea512e_bThe first tenet of yoga – the foundation on which our yoga practice rests on is ahimsa, which translates as non-harming or non-violence. Ahimsa is the first of the Yamas (the Yamas are the ethical guidelines laid out in Patanjali’s eight-fold path of yoga)

The Sanskrit word ahimsa comes from the root word “hims”, which means to strike. As is common with many Sanskrit words, preceding the root word with the letter “a” turns it into its opposite so hims means violence and ahimsa means non-violence or non-harming. In yoga, ahimsa is synonymous with self-kindness, self-compassion, and self-care.

The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root word “yuj”, which means the union of body, mind, and spirit. When we are in yoga we listen deeply to our body’s inner wisdom, and our actions are in alignment with an intra-personal attunement. (more…)

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