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Focus of the Month - June

Updated: Jun 23, 2020

Ahimsa अहिंसा

Meaning

Ahimsa translates to “Non-harming” (harmlessness). To not wish harm to any living creature — not even to any lifeless object. Ahimsa is about the intent, rather than the action itself. It is an attitude of universal benevolence.


Significance

Ahimsa is the very first of the 5 yamas (ethical guidelines) in Patanjali’s yoga sutras.


We’re referring to non-violence in all aspects of life.

This refers not only to physical violence, but also to the violence of words or thoughts. What we think about ourselves or others can be as powerful as any physical attempt to harm. To practice ahimsa is to be constantly vigilant, to observe ourselves in interaction with others and to notice our thoughts and intentions.

If you practice Ahimsa in all areas of your life, you practice yoga daily.

Instead of harming others, you are serving others.