This month Jyoti explores the deeper meaning of the term 'Ahimsa', which is often interpreted as 'non-violence' in the physical sense.
Yama means ‘bridle’ or ‘reign’ in Sanskrit and are moral disciplines towards the outside world (and as a result ourselves).
Ahimsa (a-him-sah) translates to non-violence. Many people think of non-violence as a principle from Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. and, as a result, take it to mean not committing physical acts of violence.
As we delve deeper into yogic philosophy we will be considering the terms at three levels - thoughts, words and actions. These are all connected since your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your character and your character becomes your values.
Yoga truly is a life-long journey that will have many ups and downs, and that is normal. It was never meant to be easy, but it's so worth it. Once you're able to apply all the limbs of yoga to your life in a way that works for you, you'll be able to truly take yoga off the mat and bask in its many benefits consistently. Your life will feel purposeful and fulfilling. That void will no longer exist as you remove your mask(s).
I will outline the limbs of yoga, and over the next few months, we will dig deeper into each as we uncover their lessons and gifts.