Second only to the word, Yoga, Ahimsa seems to be the most widely known.
People in the West are getting it tattooed on them. Almost everyone who has ever taken a ‘hatha yoga class’ (physical exercises) knows of this word or has at least heard it spoken.
And, especially, if you have heard of Mahatma Gandhi’s work, you know of Ahimsa.
Commonly, this Sanskrit word is translated as “non-violence.”
In the 8 Limbed-Yoga, Ashtanga, it’s among the first 10 Yamas (or ethical values), which include several other virtues for a Yogi to integrate into their personality.
It must go beyond the physical and become an integral part of how we think, speak, and feel.
But, because of our strong identification with the body…
…we tend to think only of Ahimsa in terms of not committing acts of physical violence.
And in the name of Ahimsa, how many are yelling heinous insults at others and thinking terribly violent thoughts about those who do not share their beliefs?
For us to truly understand the profound depths of Ahimsa, it must go beyond the physical and become an integral part of how we think, speak, and feel.
If it doesn’t, the greatest hypocrisy is being committed.
In this video, we share how to integrate the lofty value of Ahimsa into all dimensions of your personality. Enjoy!
Yogi living in Orlando, FL